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.

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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

Photos by the talented Lisa Lucas Photography.

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

Why we love Wedding Fayres

Tis the season of wedding fayres and we love this time of year!  Getting to talk to excited Brides and Grooms planning their big day and attending some of the most beautiful wedding venues.

Munstone House Wedding Fayre

For Brides and Grooms it’s an excellent chance to meet lots of local suppliers in one place, getting ideas and inspiration, getting great discounts and even discovering great products and services that you hadn’t even considered.  It is also a great opportunity to meet suppliers face-to-face who will be responsible for products or services that you will be using on your big day.  For wedding fayres at a particular venue, it’s often a chance to see how that venue will be decorated on a wedding day and can give you an idea of space and what the venue will feel like full of people.

For exhibitors, well organised and well marketed wedding fayres can provide invaluable opportunities to meet brides and grooms and present them with your products and services.  Not only brides and grooms but it is also an opportunity to meet other wedding suppliers and build professional relationships.

For us here at The Cavalry of Heroes, we will always love the opportunity to speak with brides and grooms directly at a Wedding Fayre and answer any questions they may have about having horses and carriages at their wedding.  We always put a lot of care and attention into each Wedding Fayre and we have always had a positive outcome from every Fayre we have attended.  For brides, grooms and exhibitors alike, putting in the effort at these Fayres can be a really positive experience for all.

Look forward to seeing you at a Wedding Fayre soon!

Special thanks to Diva Wedding Fayres, Burgoynes and Elegant Additions who have all put on some stunning and very worthwhile Wedding Fayres which we have had the privilege of attending.

OFFER EXTENDED: Horse Drawn Wedding Carriage

We’ve extended our offer for you to have a Stunning Horse Drawn Carriage at your 2016 wedding for just £525 + Travel*!

You now have until Friday 18th December 2015 to book.

Award winning with very experienced coachmen, fully insured driving stunning horses and carriages.

*Some terms and conditions apply which can be seen at the bottom of the image below, but if you have any questions please Contact Us.

Wedding Horse Drawn Carriage £525 + travel