First Stop on the European Tour – Medieval Jousting Stunt Show at Flavours of Fingal Show, Ireland

It sounds like the start of a really good joke… what do you get when Four Knights, Three Squires, Four Horses and One Princess travel to Ireland?

The Answer:  An absolutely brilliant Medieval Jousting Horse Stunt Show at a remarkable event – The Flavour of Fingal, Country Show, Ireland.

With wonderful hospitality from this great show,  a very enthusiastic audience and the sun shining the whole weekend, a marvellous time was had by all who came with us and saw us at this fantastic show.

Sir Lancelot made his first appearance with The Cavalry of Heroes and smashed it, riding Curioso Maximus, our white Andalusian Stallion.  He got two good strikes in against Sir Agravaine, but in a twist of fate received two knockout blows from our Dark Knight Lord Pendragon.  It looked like all was lost for our Golden Knight and Sir Lancelot until a sword fight ensued with a hilarious outcome.

Lots of trick riding and horse stunts including Roman Riding and falls were seen in this full on show.  The Knights even having a tete-a-tete with some Vikings.  All in all a really memorable weekend.And of course, the real stars of our show, our horses, Guinness (how could we not take the sweetest Irish Cob on a visit back to Ireland), Curioso Maximus, Harry and Apollo.  They were such wonderful boys for the whole trip, performing like the true stars they are.Our biggest thank you to our amazing team who made the whole show such a success and which still brings smiles to all those who attended.  A big thank you as well to the show organisers who put on such a splendid free event – long may it continue!

Please enjoy some of the lovely images taken by the very talented Lisa Lucas, our official photographer, and if you have any images of your own from this great show then please share them with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by tagging @cavalryofheroes as we’d love to see them, and our Knights love responding to fan mail.

Take care all and we’ll see you really soon at our next show in four days time.

The Knights and Horses of The Cavalry of Heroes x

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Jousting at Berkeley Castle

That was so much fun!  Once again a brilliant time had by all at the Berkeley Castle May Day Jousting, and with his Majesty King Henry VIII presiding over matters, our champions couldn’t afford to make any mistakes.

Everyone remembered the remarkable Sir William, our Golden Knight (Champion of the Tournament last year having beat King Louis of France in the final joust) and he didn’t disappoint, with more tricks than ever before, he was looking sure to win again this year on his beautiful black Friesian stallion Asgard.

Sir Robert, riding his trusted steed (Guinness) put up a good fight in the morning and was only narrowly bested by Sir William.

AND THEN….

To the horror of the wonderful Berkeley crowds, there he was, Sir William, captured by The Dark Knight, and forced to ride with him onto the castle lawns.  It was lucky that Sir Robert had stayed behind to help him!

This was The Dark Knight’s first appearance at Berkeley Castle and he bought with him ominous black thunder clouds in a fitting tribute to his dark mood for the last show, but we were delighted to see the cheering on of Sir William from a wonderful crowd who stayed with us until the end.

Even in the rain, nothing can dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of The Cavalry of Heroes!

Thanks again to the wonderful team at Berkeley Castle for putting on such a lovely family event.

Photographs by the wonderfully talented Lisa Lucas Photography.

 

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!