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.
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.
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.
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.