Breaking visitor and temperature records at Berkeley Castle May Jousting Show

What a weekend! Amazing crowds and the most beautiful weather at Berkeley Castle. We were joined by Past Times Living History Group to put on a medieval extravaganza fun day for the whole family.

Not only did we have four Knights fighting it out to be crowned tournament champion, Henry VIII and all his six wives were also in attendance. To quote one particularly enthralled visitor “I’ve learnt more about Henry VIII and his wives in 30 minutes than I did when I was at school, just brilliant”

Overall all I’m pleased to say that we broke yet another venue’s all time visitor record, with record numbers of people through the doors to Berkeley Castle. Thank you everyone for coming to support our show and the Castle with the superb work they are doing to keep it looking stunning and creating a wonderful venue for a fun family day out.

Marc and I were also joined by our newest team member Francesca Kay, who became our commentating Queen for the Bank Holiday Monday. Lady Francesca excelled at creating a fun family atmosphere for all visitors and is a very talented wordsmith and performer and we’re very pleased to have her as part of the team.

Our beautiful horses with us were Guinness and Curioso Maximus. We made the decision to keep them out of their bigger costumes for some of the shows as it was really too hot to ask them to run around in the equivalent of a winter coat, but, I hope you agree that they still looked beautiful with their shiny coats and natural good looks. They were pampered all weekend with cold showers and lots of care and attention from our lovely grooms and squires Judy and Charlie.

No such respite for the Knights though in their chainmail and armour, but I’m please to say that the ice cream from The Yurt Cafe went down a treat.

On to our next show at this coming weekend at the South Suffolk Show with a change of scene and our first performance this year of our World War One Signature show. Remember that you can only see this show this year as it is the centenary year of the end of The Great War, so check out our show dates to find our performance closest to you!

For some more behind the scenes footage check out our Instagram and Facebook pages and for more videos take a look at our new You Tube Channel.

For Event Organisers: be the first to hear about our new main arena shows, acts and booking opportunities, as well as receive helpful insights about having performing horses at events by signing up to our Event Organisers Email Group.  Find out more here and if you would like to book The Cavalry of Heroes or find out more about what we do please contact us via our website enquiry form, email or phone.

From all of us here at The Cavalry of Heroes, have an epic rest of the week and enjoy the sunshine!

Cavalry of Heroes xx

More pictures to follow

The Snow must go on… performing at Delapre Abbey

What a magical start to our show season with the 900 years of history opening at Delapre Abbey and getting to perform our Medieval Jousting Knights on Horseback Show in the snow!

The Cavalry of Heroes Knights on Horseback performing their Medieval Jousting Show in the snow at Delapre Abbey
Click to watch the video (will open a window to our NEW YouTube Channel) Remember to subscribe!

It was a travelling through time extravaganza and The Cavalry of Heroes team were there in all our finery to perform one of our Medieval Jousting Displays. Featuring our Prince Harry (or as the lovely lady in the audience shouted Prince Phillip!), Lady Lancelot and our infamous Dark Knight Lord Pendragon.

And magically it snowed! We actually got to perform our Jousting show in the snow to a wonderful audience who braved the elements outside as well as a lot more who stayed indoors and cheered from the big windows of the grand house (Marc and I later learnt that there were really warm radiators by each window which the team made use of towards the end of the day when temperatures dropped close to zero).

Our beautiful Andalusian horse Curioso Maximus blended in well with the snow being as shiny white as ever and Guinness enjoyed taking a turn as The Dark Knight’s trusted steed performing his horse stunts and tricks to perfection.

The horses were pampered with heating, nice bigs rugs and lots of hay to eat. Overall a great start to the season and we are now all definitely looking forward to some summer sunshine!

It was a pleasure to get to walk around the renovations at the Abbey which have taken the last five years to complete and meet some wonderful craftsmen including Georgians and a Victorian Magic Lantern expert – moving pictures before cameras, amazing.

Thanks to Delapre Abbey for hosting such a marvellous event and to everyone who braved the weather to come and watch our Knights battle it out on the Jousting field.

If you want to follow the adventures of The Cavalry of Heroes and not miss out on a single dramatic moment then head over to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and give us a like and a follow for behind the scenes footage, training and in-team jests!  You can also follow this blog by clicking Follow below.

For Event Organisers: be the first to hear about our new main arena shows, acts and booking opportunities, as well as receive helpful insights about having performing horses at events by signing up to our Event Organisers Email Group.  Find out more here.

From all the team at The Cavalry of Heroes, have an epic rest of the day and stay warm!

Show Dates 2018 – Get ready for amazing!

Looking forward to a really exciting 2018!  With shows all across the UK and Ireland, The Cavalry of Heroes will be entertaining crowds and families from the beautiful Devon coast, up to the magnificent Peak District with some detours including London, Dublin, Norfolk, Suffolk, Wales and Cheshire, to name but a few.

The Cavalry of Heroes’ 2018 Shows dates have now been added to our website and you can find the page here.  Make a note of our shows near you and pop it in your diaries for a fun family day out to catch one or both of our shows this year: WW1: Horses and Heroes remembering the role horses played in The Great War which ended 100 years ago this year, and our epic Medieval Jousting Displays featuring our infamous Dark Knight Lord Pengdragon.

You will actually get to meet the riders and your knights as well after you have seen the show and even have your photograph taken with them!  You can also see the stars of the show, the horses, at most of the venues and you can let us know which one is your favourite.

Remember to check back on the website often as bookings are still being taken and the list of dates will be updated here.  Follow us also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for behind the scenes images and the latest up to date information about our wonderful shows.

We’re so proud to be going to some amazing venues this year and we look forward to meeting you there!

P.S For any Event Organisers reading this sign up to our Events Organisers Quarterly Email which provides useful information about having horses at events as well as important information from The Cavalry of Heroes including when bookings open for 2019 and the new shows that we have coming up.  If you would like The Cavalry of Heroes to perform at your event or show then please fill out our Show Enquiry Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Herefordshire Country Fair - WW1 Horses and Heroes - The Final Cavalry Charge

Horse Display in the Heart of Historic Hereford at the Hereford Country Fair

Marc and I love Hereford!  It was one of the places Marc lived when he was growing up and since we moved here 5 years ago, when I’ve had time, I’ve loved exploring the Independent Quarter and marvelling in the delights that the new ‘Old Market Hereford’ has bought to Herefordshire.  So we were delighted that we got the chance to perform at the annual Hereford Country Fair last weekend.

And what a fair it was! I remember looking up to see RAF parachuters flying in over the top of our heads and the horses with flares streaming behind them as they landed right on cue in the centre of the main arena.

08-06-2017-1024

We were there to celebrate and remember the role horses played during The Great War 1914-1918, both at home and on the front line.  This was the last major war in the western world which saw horses still play a major part in the outcome – not as you may think charging in to battle, but instead providing essential transportation of goods, guns and essential supplies.

Here at The Cavalry of Heroes, we perform with a magical blend of horsemanship and theatre, and it could not have been more true last weekend.  Taking the wonderful Hereford show audience on a tour-de-force of emotions as they experienced the journey of three young lads as they joined the war.

08-06-2017-1039

We also learned a lot about the workers and the working conditions in the munitions factories during World War One and World War Two and how when the one in Rotherwas was bombed not many survived and the names of those who died have not been released.  BBC Hereford and Worcester are campaigning to have the names of these workers released so that they may be commemorated.  Some of the survivors were recognised at the Fair this year in a poignant ceremony.

The tricks on the horses were great fun and more adventurous than ever with a daring display from our local farmer showing the lads how it’s done and even managing to doff his cap to the VIP tent as he raced past.

08-06-2017-1047

This Historic Show was full of remembrance and gratitude and we were proud to be a part of it.  Thank you to all the organisers who do so much work behind the scenes to bring these events to us and to everyone who came and saw us and met the horses (And yes, Curioso did have a bath as soon as he got home after a celebratory roll at the end of the last performance when he was back in his paddock!).

If you want to follow the adventures of The Cavalry of Heroes and not miss out on a single dramatic moment then head over to our Facebook and Instagram pages and give us a like and a follow for behind the scenes footage, training and in-team jests!  You can also follow this blog by clicking Follow below.

For Event Organisers: be the first to hear about our new main arena shows, acts and booking opportunities, as well as receive helpful insights about having performing horses at events by signing up to our Event Organisers Email Group.  Find out more here.

From all the team at The Cavalry of Heroes, have an epic rest of the day!

Photos by the talented Lisa Lucas Photography.

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - The Knights joke under the London skyline

Medieval Jousting under the London Skyline at Lambeth Country Show

She strong, she’s fit, she’ll see you in the lists! Lancelot, Lancelot!  Lambeth Country Show last weekend saw the first appearance of our Lady Lancelot as she joined five other Knights in shining armour on Horseback as they competed in the joust to see who will become tournament champion.

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - Lady Lancelot

A show close to both my heart and our Golden Knight, Sir William’s (Marc Lovatt) heart, as it is on the doorstep of where we first met.  Marc was living in Brixton running Triathlons and working with horses and I was working in the city and living in Northcote Road.  The London Skyline from the top of Brockwell park is just stunning and will always remind us where we met.  What has made returning even better is being surround by our beautiful horses!

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - The Golden Knight celebrating his win

As always, thank you London, for being an amazing crowd, including the lovely lady who insisted that our Lord Baldric ‘Get his kit off’ to which he almost obliged.  Everyone cheered as the Knights performed with a buzz of excitement and greeted their fans as everyone was asked to choose their favourite Knight and with so many to choose from it wasn’t an easy task.

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - The winning strike

Our Knights included Lady Lancelot, who had stolen her father’s armour to complete.  Our Golden Knight, Sir William fighting for truth, compassion and tolerance.  Sir Baldric on the fasted horse in the arena Apollo, the first of the Dark Knight’s evil Henchmen.  And not to forget The King, The Dark Knight and Sir Agravaine.

The horses drew the biggest crowd though and were beautifully behaved, even our Stallions, when they were distracted by the police horses performing but also when the mounted police were patrolling the park.  Couldn’t have been more proud of the boys; Asgard, Zorro, Harry, Apollo, Curioso and Guinness.

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - Sir William Roman Riding

If you want to follow the adventures of The Cavalry of Heroes and not miss out on a single dramatic moment then head over to our Facebook and Instagram pages and give us a like and a follow for behind the scenes footage, training and in-team jests!  You can also follow this blog by clicking Follow below.

For Event Organisers: be the first to hear about our new main arena shows, acts and booking opportunities, as well as receive helpful insights about having performing horses at events by signing up to our Event Organisers Email Group.  Find out more here.

From all the team at The Cavalry of Heroes, have an epic rest of the day!

These fantastic photos were taken by the very talented Lisa Lucas Photography.