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.

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.
The Cavalry of Heroes Medieval Jousting Team Main Arena Entertainment Hampton Court Castle Meet and Greet, Knights on Horseback, Horses, Stunt Show, Trick Riding, Roman Riding, Herefordshire Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Wales

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.

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!

Marie Antoinette Bridal Shoot

We are very privileged to have been invited to take part in Ellis’s (Aisle Hire It) Marie Antoinette Bridal photo-shoot recently.  The images testify to the creative and artistic brilliance of this lady, as it was a stunning set-up.  Bride Magazine thought so as well and wrote up an excellent piece on the shoot where Ellis talks in detail about the theme, colours and how it was all achieved.  We’ve put some sneak peaks of the pictures below, but recommend that you pop over to Aisle Hire It‘s page for more details and for a full list of all the contributors.

PS.  In case you didn’t recognise him, it’s our beloved Asgard in the pictures, with his model for the day, sporting one of our distinguished military uniforms.

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