Show Dates 2019 – Get Ready for Amazing!

With our 2019 season off to a flying start with some super performances,  we’re all really excited for a fantastic line up for the rest of the year!   With shows all across the UK, The Cavalry of Heroes will be entertaining crowds and families from the beautiful Kent coast right up to stunning Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Click here for a list of our Show Dates in 2019

If you haven’t had a chance to catch our newest trick riding show: Highwayman Adventure yet, don’t worry as we’re performing it next at Lambeth Country Show in London.   And for those of you missing your favourite Knights and their noble steeds you still have a chance to catch them and meet some of our newest horses (including Batman!) at shows across the country.

Click here for a list of our show dates and pop them in your diaries for a fun family day out.  We even have a brand new show this year bringing to life the adventures of Robin Hood and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham at the iconic Robin Hood Festival at The Great Oak in Sherwood Forest.

Also 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 real stars of the show, the horses at most of the venues and if you follow us on Facebook we will be featuring each of the horses over the next couple of weeks with never before seen photos and videos so you can choose your favourites 🙂

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 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!

From Marc, Catherine and the Riders of The Cavalry of Heroes, have an epic rest of the day! xx

Click here for a list of our Show Dates in 2019

Celebrating St George’s Day with a Jousting Tournament at Tamworth Castle

A St George’s Day to remember!  With St George and his Knights on Horseback battling it out in an epic Jousting Tournament right in the Heart of Tamworth beneath the impressive Tamworth Castle.   Beautiful sunshine, huge crowds and a jammed packed Medieval Village with falconers, re-enactors and Dragons, all their to greet families from far and wide!

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The Knights and the Horses spent the night by the river with some lovely Medieval company before putting on two displays of St George jousting against our Lord Pendragon who has come back stronger than ever in 2019!

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And for 2019 the Knights have spent the winter learning new tricks and Skill at Arms to surprise and entertain as they compete with each other to gain the title and win the coveted ‘Never Ending Jug’.  With St George and Sir William winning the last couple of years, Princess Fiona, Lady Lancelot, Sir Hasselhoff and Sir Robalot are all ready for the challenge!

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St George rode his wonderful horse Guinness in the first performance with his Knights riding Apollo, Harry, Guinness and Curioso as their noble steeds, who we all such good boys.  Harry and Apollo are our Appaloosa brothers, while Guinness is an Irish Cob X and Curioso Maximus De Cartujano is our sweetest Andalusian Stallion.

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A special thanks goes to the Lady Elizabeth from Past Times Living History who kept the long line waiting to meet the Knights after the performance entertained.  We had so many lovely comments about how informative and entertaining Lady Elizabeth was that you can be sure she will be back!

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A big thank-you to everyone who was a part of the day including the excellent team at Historical Promotions and Events, Tamworth Council, Tamworth Arts and Events, and the stewards who made the day such a success (and a cheeky thank you also to the security guards who stayed up all night while the horses and knights got some sleep!).  It’s been an epic start to our 2019 season!

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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, Instagram and Twitter 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 and see our other Past Performances here.  To see where we are performing next head over to our Show Dates 2019.

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Also, take a look at Alanette Photography’s website as they have captured some truly fantastic shots of our St George’s Day Joust, some of which you can see here.

Plus the wonderful photographer at Tamworth Arts and Events!  An amazing collection of images (for the full gallery take a look at their Facebook Album)

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And a thank you to Gemma Rosp Owen for her lovely comments and images:

“Apollo and Harry stole my hearts!! You were awesome. I wanted to say thanks by passing on some of the photographs. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them and watching. Well done and ride on!” Gemma Rosp Owen

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.

“I would just like thank you once more for all your hard work and the absolute pleasure its been meeting and working with you.  Its been extremely easy and relaxed and I’ve also enjoyed working with your team and think that Rachel is a real star!”  Rob, Historical Promotions

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

The Cavalry of Heroes xx

WW1, Heavy Horses and the Sea at Melplash Show 2018

What a wonderful country show on the Dorset Coast!  Surrounded by spectacular beaches and grouped together with the most gorgeous Heavy Horses, we were pleased to have been asked to honour the horses of WW1 with our 100 year tribute show.

We have learnt so much this year about the horses of WW1 from our own research but also from the stories told to us by show visitors, and Melplash was no exception.  With one particular story from a lovely lady who is 96 years old about her brave father who fought in the first world war, who had to leave his artillery horse behind, which left me in tears.  We also heard about a local horse who was incredibly lucky to have returned home from the War and how a local lady’s broodmare is now pregnant with that horse’s great great grand-foal.

What we love so much about shows (as well as performing!) is talking to people between our performances and hearing their stories as well as talking to them about our beautiful horses.  I am very grateful to have 8 such lovely horses who we, as a team here at The Cavalry of Heroes, get to work with everyday.

At Melplash Show, we had six of our boys with us (Guinness, D’artagnon, Zorro, Curioso, Harry and Apollo) all enjoying the fresh sea air!  They performed beautifully and we couldn’t have been prouder of them and all the hard work that Marc has done in training them to form this very special relationship.

We’d like to say a special thank you to the organisers of the show (especially Lucy who was there to greet us with a smile when we arrived and couldn’t have been more helpful) and the stewards in the horse area in their stylish white coats making sure everything went smoothly and seeing us safely to and from the main arena.

Also a special thank you to Mark Margetts for his excellent photography.

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, Instagram and Twitter 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 and see our other Past Performances 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!

The Cavalry of Heroes xx

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.

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 and see our other Past Performances here.

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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!

The Cavalry of Heroes Knights on Horseback performing their Medieval Jousting Show in the snow at Delapre Abbey
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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.

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.

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