For Sale – Gladiador IV: Jousting, Film and Trick Riding PRE Andalusian Militar Stallion

Jousting, Film and Trick Riding PRE Andalusian Militar Stallion (15.2hh, £2300 ono)

5* home only for Catherine’s wonderful Gladiador IV.  Exceptionally well bred PRE Stallion, he has been with the Cavalry of Heroes for jousting shows across the country and filming and has been ridden by clients in the riding school who love him.  He is not suitable for novices or complete beginners, however if you can ride he is a lovely schoolmaster with three correct paces, extended trot, canter lead changes, leg yield, piaffe, passage.  Responsive on the lunge, he has taken to training our riders to trick ride with ease.

He will be available from the end of September at the end of the Cavalry’s current show season, we feel that it is the right time for him to retire from a life on the road with the shows and would love to see him go to a good home where he can enjoy some quality one-on-one attention to improve a riders performance or perhaps inject a quality line into a breeding programme.

He has covered both naturally and on the dummy with 36 registered foals which can seen on the ANCCE database for PRE Stallions.   Out of Becerra, sired by Gelio, his lineage is predominantly from the Military Stud in Spain (Yeguade Militar de Jerez de la Frontera) which is dedicated to the breading of purebred Andualsian horses.  Founded in 1847 it became the state military stud in 1893 but as the need for cavalry horses declined in the 20th century the stud’s emphasis shifted to become a genetic reservoir to preserve the bloodlines of the Pure Spanish Horse.  Going back further you can trace his lineage back to two of the three mother-houses of the Spanish Horse bloodline.

As you know, Marc Lovatt. founder, trainer and head rider at The Cavalry of Heroes lived and trained horses in Spain and he bought Gladiador over to the UK three years ago having seen hundreds of horses, he was the best for him.  He loves time in his grass paddock but he must be kept alone if out – he is not a sociable horse with other horses and will get excited around them (great though if you want him for breeding).

He flourishes best with a routine and is happy to be stabled most of the time, he loves a big straw bed.   Good with the farrier, and up to date on his vaccinations and wormers.  I have started riding him in some novice e-dressage tests and just waiting on the scores back (I’m 5’3” and of slight build, and he is very responsive to me).

15.2hh / 22 years old / £2300 ono

If you have any questions please contact Catherine (07849 830393) and please leave a message if no answer as she is probably riding a horse somewhere.  Catherine is the founder of The Cavalry of Heroes and Gladiador is her personal horse.

Medieval Weddings – Your own Knights in Shining Armour on Horseback

Your very own Knights in Shining Armour on Horseback for your big day.

We have been very fortunate through the years to provide many a Knight on Horseback for many a wedding.  Perfect for medieval themed weddings as well as more modern weddings and family orientated weddings, our gorgeous brides have enjoyed arriving in style on horseback escorted by Knights as a spectacular arrival and guests have been entertained with stunning, action-packed Jousting Tournaments (the groomsmen and bridesmaids even having to do forfeits if their Champions loose).  From Bolton Castle, to Ripon and down to Hampton Court Castle and the Devon Lakes, we travel nationally and enjoy every moment of making your big day even more magical and making you feel like the most important person in the world.

Options Include:

Arriving on horseback escorted by Knights.  Either parading through the streets while passers by lavish you with attention or simply keeping it secret and amazing your guests when you make your grand entrance.

Knights on Horseback for Meet and Greet.  When guests first arrive they are greeted by Knights in Shining Armour on Horseback who are available for photographs and can perform choreographed displays including sword fights.

Full Medieval Entertainment, including Jousting Tournaments with two, four or six horses, a medieval court, sword fights and meet and greet.  For fully themed medieval weddings and also for those looking for entertainment during venue changeovers (from dining to dancefloor), our displays can last 20 to 45 minutes, with meet and greet continuing beyond that.
The Cavalry of Heroes Medieval Jousting Team Main Arena Entertainment Hampton Court Castle Meet and Greet, Knights on Horseback, Horses, Stunt Show, Trick Riding, Roman Riding, Herefordshire Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Wales

Why The Cavalry of Heroes?

With years of experience being professional horse stunt and trick riders, our Knights are here to make your day as enjoyable as possible.  Our horses are all trained performance horses, and our admin support ensure that venues are suitable and that everything runs smoothly from when you first enquire to the end of your big day.

Working with horses is our profession but also our life.  We are fully insured and we love our horses so do everything we can to make sure that they are looked after and love their work through out the year.  This means that they shine on the day and allow you to shine along with them.Medieval Knights at Wedding from The Cavalry of Heroes

Contact Us to find out more

To find out more about how we can be a part of your big day, please take a look at our medieval weddings page on our website and contact us by using the form at the bottom of the page, or by phone or email.

Auditions

Love what we do? Would you like to join us? We’re holding auditions this February for Trainee Knights, Squires and Medieval Ladies to work with us in our 2017 shows and beyond.

These are for live performance equestrian stunt displays across the country so for all positions the following is a must:

  • Understanding and experience of working with horses
  • Excellent common sense
  • Be reliable with good time keeping
  • Ability to travel to our HQ near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
  • Get on well with people and have fun!

In particular we are looking for people who would like to become Trainee Knights, Squires or part of our Medieval Court.  More details on each of these can be found below:

Trainee Knights

Each year we take on a Trainee Knight to be a part of our team to learn to joust, sword fight and perform in our shows.  Depending on your riding ability the aim will be for you to be riding as a Knight in one of our shows by the end of the year and until then, learning the ropes by helping the current Knights in our live shows.

With this is mind, the following are a must:

  • Excellent riding skills and for our horses a deep seat (classical riding) is highly beneficial
  • Be entertaining and flourish when performing in front of an audience

Squires

Squires are vital for helping our shows run smoothly, you are the co-ordinators extraordinaire on the ground and the Knights rely on you to make sure that they have the right equipment at the right time and to get the crowds cheering for them during the live performances.  Not only this but you are essential in the looking after of the horses before and after shows.

As such a confidence around horses is a must (including handling stallions), as well as a good eye for detail, a hands on attitude and being organised would all be very helpful.

Members of our Medieval Court

It’s not just our Knights that draw attention at our shows, it our wonderful supporting cast of our Medieval Court.  In particular this year we are looking for Tudor Ladies to stay in character on show days, meeting and greeting with visitors and telling people about life as a Lady in Medieval Times.

As part of our Medieval Court you will need to be happy in front of a crowd and talking to people of all ages.  Costume is provided along with some script about life in medieval times to help you to begin with.

More information

If you are interested in finding out more about any of the above then please give us a call on 01497 831 297 or email info@thecavalryofheroes.co.uk

As our team are all self-employed you will need to be registered as self-employed and invoice us after each show to be paid.

Auditions are likely to be on Sunday 12th February 2017.

To Apply

Call us for a chat (01497 831 297) or send an email to info@thecavalryofheroes.co.uk letting us know what role you would be interested in, what your experience is and why you would like to join us.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Gift Experience Vouchers – Carriage Driving and Medieval Jousting

Looking for a present that is a bit different this year?  Then why not give someone special the opportunity to try driving a horse drawn carriage for themselves or compete against our Knights and each other in our Medieval Jousting experience.

CARRIAGE DRIVING EXPERIENCE – GIFT CERTIFICATE

Horse Drawn Carriage Experience Certificate Christmas

For something a little bit different – how about a half day carriage experience where you can learn to drive a horse and carriage.  More information about the experience is available here.  Each gift voucher is printed and posted either to you or your chosen recipient with details explaining what they can expect and how they can book.  Each voucher is for a named individual and is valid for 3 months.

    • Half Day Carriage Driving Experience – In this 2-3 hour morning / afternoon you will learn more in depth about the harnessing and carriages before learning to drive a single and pair of horses in Traditional Coachman Style.  Available individually or add a second person for no additional cost. £135

JOUSTING EXPERIENCE – Gift Certificate

Medieval Jousting Experience Day Gift Certificate Christmas

That’s right – jousting!  On a horse, as a Knight, competing against your fellow Knights in mounted Skills at Arms and taught by our resident professional Knights.    Suitable for all riding levels, Knights, Ladies and Children over 12.  More information about the experience can be found here.

    • Half Day Group Jousting Experience – in this 2-3 hour group experience you can become a Knight for the morning or afternoon, learning skills at arms and competing against our resident professional Knights.  These sessions are on set dates through-out the year and as such vouchers are valid for one year instead of three months.  Upcoming dates can be found here – please confirm your preferred date when booking.  £55 per person

TO BOOK

Please visit our website (www.thecavalryofheroes.co.uk/gift-vouchers) where vouchers can be purchased through the Paypal button on the relevant experience page.

When paying by Paypal through the links above please make sure that you send us the name and address of the person who the gift voucher is for in the additional information section and let us know who you would like us to post the voucher to.

If you do not have Paypal or would like to use another method of payment, please email us (info@thecavalryofheroes.co.uk) or call and let us know your name and contact details,  the name and address of the person who the gift voucher is for and which gift voucher you are interested in purchasing.  We will then send you an invoice which can be paid via BACS, cheque or cash.  Once payment is received we’ll post the gift voucher, either to yourself or the recipient, please let us know which.

We can send your voucher electronically if you prefer (if you’ve left it a little late!)

Merry Christmas from all us here at The Cavalry of Heroes!

Special Instructor for One Week Only

For One Week Only, we have a Special Instructor here at The Cavalry of Heroes HQ.  Kath joins us from Spain and is available for lessons tomorrow, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th or Friday 18th November 2016.  Kath is a gifted rider and instructor and teamed with our horses is great to get you back into riding or give you that extra boost to set you up over the winter months.

Places are limited so we were offering lessons firstly to members of our Cavalry Club and then to riders who have ridden with us previously.   If there are any spaces left and you are new to our Riding School please Contact Us and we will arrange an assessment lesson for you.

Riding Lessons with Marc Lovatt resume w/c 21st November 2016 and our block booking system can save Cavalry Club members up to £110 off standard prices and non-Cavalry Club members can save up to £40 by block booking.  Click here for more information.

To book a lesson with Kath please Contact Us.

Hacking on the English / Welsh Border, Hay on Wye with The Cavalry of Heroes