What a weekend at The Royal Cornwall Show!

It was an honour to be chosen to pay tribute to the horses and soldiers of WW1 at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.   As it’s the centenary year of the end of The Great War, and with many of our riders having family who served during the war, we wanted to pay tribute to these horses, men and women in a main arena act unique to this year.

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We love performing to such large audiences as the atmosphere was incredible and our riders and horses all thoroughly enjoyed performing for everyone.  With such a great team and camaraderie we even added extra sections to the show and tailored our performances so that our General and his soldiers could perform a special salute to the Royal Box and even exit on a flying high!

With our displays being both epic and emotional we thank the lovely members of the public who came to meet us afterwards to tell us their stories of their past generations who fought in the war.  One lady still had the stirrups from the saddle that her Grandfather used at the front, while another told us about her great-grandfather who served in the artillery.

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We learnt also about the women who contributed to the war efforts from the lovely ladies at The SideSaddle Association who explained about the role of women as first aiders and messengers during the war.  Did you also know that women would have trained the horses at home so that they were ready to be sent to the front, as most of the men were already on the front line.

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Standing in the middle of the arena with our horses and riders thundering past with swords drawn for the final cavalry charge, our last performance was particularly emotional as the minute silence was broken by a large cheer and round of applause from the audience and all the horses and riders were presented with rosettes from the president of the association.

It’s been a long-standing dream of Marc Lovatt and our Cavalry team to honour those that fought in the first world war and we were so pleased to be able to present this at the prestigious Royal Cornwall Show.

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Our horses were all excellent boys across the weekend and really enjoyed themselves, having fun in the arena.  We had all eight horses with us which is a pleasure as they all get on with each other and we love having them with us.  They made lots of new friends with the showjumpers, heavy horses and miniatures that were all stabled nearby, and lots of new human friends with Guinness stealing a lot of hearts, and Asgard, D’artagnan and Zorro flying the flag for the beautiful Friesian breed.

There was a fun backstage competition running this weekend as well which involved a grand prize of the first round of drinks being bought if the riders could all hit their targets at a very difficult charge during tent pegging!  Incredibly they came so close on each occasion and we all thought that it was a sure thing in the last show but the target fell off last second!  The prize therefore still up for grabs by our riders for our next WW1: Horses and Heroes show, which will be in Brockwell Park, London, for the Lambeth Country Show.

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You may also have heard our Riders being interviewed for BBC Radio Cornwall by Julie Skentelbery, presenter of the Breakfast Show on the Friday morning! Our riders were fully dressed in their uniforms and answering questions about what it must have been like to be a soldier during WW1.

Thank you to the organisers, stewards and volunteers of The Royal Cornwall Show, who’s organisation and friendliness made our visit very special and we would particularly like to thank the Show Secretary Mr Chris Riddle, Main Arena Stewards including Roger and the team in the commentary box for their wonderful introductions and publicity of our performances across the weekend.

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Having a relatively quiet week now as the horses get some well-deserved rest in their fields, enjoying the sunshine, before we make our way to Sudeley Castle for some Medieval Jousting in honour of Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June 2018.

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Also, take a look at NRS Photography, who we had the pleasure of meeting at the weekend and who’s featured image is at the top (thank you Neil) and Swain Photography as they have both captured some truly fantastic shots of our Joust, some of which you can see here.

For Event Organisers: if you would like to book us for your event please take a look at the shows we have available and contact us, either by our web-form, or phone or email and we’d be happy to chat through options with you.

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

The Cavalry of Heroes xx

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!

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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.

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

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.
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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.