Ged Queen


Morson-Sponsored Stables Honoured With Royal Visit

James Kenealey horse racing

Ged Queen


  • Her Majesty the Queen visits Paul Nicholls stables in Somerset.

  • Meets staff and sponsors and feeds King George VI winner Clans Des Obeaux a carrot.

The Morson-sponsored Paul Nicholls’ stables was honoured with a visit from Her Majesty the Queen on Thursday 28th March.

As part of her current tour of Somerset, the Queen visited the stables in Ditcheat to visit the horses and meet owner and trainer Paul Nicholls and his stable staff.

The Queen was treated to a parade of the horses that 10 times National Hunt winning trainer Nicholls is currently training. Among these was Clans Des Obeaux, co-owned by Morson CEO Ged Mason, Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson and the local Barber family. Her Majesty fed the young horse a carrot.

Clans Des Obeaux won Paul Nicholls’ tenth King George VI trophy on Boxing Day 2018 at Kempton, holding off competition from Thistlecrack. Initially considered one of the favourites for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the ground proved unsuitable for the young horse and he finished fifth in the prestigious annual race in March.

Ged Mason, who was present at the stables, said:

“It was an honour today to meet the Queen again and for Her Majesty to see King George VI winner Clans Des Obeaux. Seeing her feed him a carrot is a memory that will stay with me for life.”

Morson is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2019. The Salford-based recruitment and design giant has embarked on a programme of events to honour this landmark, with charity and community at the heart.

Every office worldwide will be taking part in charity fundraising for local and regional organisations. In addition to this, in January the business launched ’50 Weeks of Giving’, a weekly programme providing donations to local schools, homeless shelters, elderly care homes, youth projects, animal welfare shelters and many other institutions in the Manchester area. Beneficiaries so far include The Railway Children, Manchester Settlement and New Start Heart.

Other activities have bough together Morson's other sporting ambassadors outside of the horse racing world; from ex-Manchester United players, former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and the newly-crowned WBA super middleweight world champion Callum Smith, to Sale Sharks and more.

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