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!

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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

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - The Knights joke under the London skyline

Medieval Jousting under the London Skyline at Lambeth Country Show

She strong, she’s fit, she’ll see you in the lists! Lancelot, Lancelot!  Lambeth Country Show last weekend saw the first appearance of our Lady Lancelot as she joined five other Knights in shining armour on Horseback as they competed in the joust to see who will become tournament champion.

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - Lady Lancelot

A show close to both my heart and our Golden Knight, Sir William’s (Marc Lovatt) heart, as it is on the doorstep of where we first met.  Marc was living in Brixton running Triathlons and working with horses and I was working in the city and living in Northcote Road.  The London Skyline from the top of Brockwell park is just stunning and will always remind us where we met.  What has made returning even better is being surround by our beautiful horses!

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - The Golden Knight celebrating his win

As always, thank you London, for being an amazing crowd, including the lovely lady who insisted that our Lord Baldric ‘Get his kit off’ to which he almost obliged.  Everyone cheered as the Knights performed with a buzz of excitement and greeted their fans as everyone was asked to choose their favourite Knight and with so many to choose from it wasn’t an easy task.

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - The winning strike

Our Knights included Lady Lancelot, who had stolen her father’s armour to complete.  Our Golden Knight, Sir William fighting for truth, compassion and tolerance.  Sir Baldric on the fasted horse in the arena Apollo, the first of the Dark Knight’s evil Henchmen.  And not to forget The King, The Dark Knight and Sir Agravaine.

The horses drew the biggest crowd though and were beautifully behaved, even our Stallions, when they were distracted by the police horses performing but also when the mounted police were patrolling the park.  Couldn’t have been more proud of the boys; Asgard, Zorro, Harry, Apollo, Curioso and Guinness.

Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park - Medieval Jousting Tournament with The Cavalry of Heroes, Knights on Horseback Main Arena Stunt Horse Show 2017 - Sir William Roman Riding

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 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!

These fantastic photos were taken by the very talented Lisa Lucas Photography.

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

Jumping Lessons with Marc Lovatt

First time jumping?  Second time?  0.3m?  1.20m?  Cross Country?  Show-jumping? Getting back into jumping after some time off?  Wanting to compete or jumping for fun?

We have a variety of horses who can help you learn to jump or improve your technique.  Patient and fun teaching from Marc makes the most of every hour.

Enjoy improving your jumping on your own horse with lessons either at your own yard (if you have some jumps) or at ours.  Reach for the sky!

Contact Us to book and see the website for more information.

 

Latest Photoshoot – Gemma Williams Photography

We were delighted and very privileged to be asked to work with Gemma Williams   (www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk) on her most recent photoshoot.

Curioso Maximus White Andalusian Horse wedding photoshoot

Curisoso Maximus looked as beautiful as ever and took his best friend Asgard along with him to enjoy the scenery.

Jen (www.jennifersdressingtable.co.uk) worked her magic on the model’s hair and make-up, and the custom made dress and lovely flowers (www.thegreatbritishflorist.co.uk) looked marvellous.

The whole shoot told a story and was brilliantly captured by Gemma.  A wonderful day and some stunning images:

All our horses are available to hire for photoshoots, as well as being excellent horseback riding teachers.  Take a look at our website for more information.