Jousting at the Game of Thrones Festival in Kent

What a fantastic time had by The Cavalry of Heroes team at Thronefest!  Game of Thrones fans put together an excellent event to celebrate all things related to the George R Martin books and to the film series.  Filled with actors from the TV series as well as appearances from the animal stars; the wolves and the ravens.

The Cavalry of Heroes Thronefest Game of Thrones Medieval Jousting Lannister vs Stark

We were asked to attend to put on a Game of Thrones inspired Jousting Tournament, with our Knights on horseback and what fun we had!  As some of our riders have been fortunate enough to ride as part of the TV series under The Devils Horsemen, we made the most of who they looked like, so let me introduce to you: King of the North (after coming back from holiday in Barbados), Marjory Tyrell, Big Finger and the Golden Lannister!The Cavalry of Heroes Thronefest Game of Thrones Medieval Jousting Jon Snow

On the first show of the day we had an audience that was 6 people deep around the arena with those at the front having to sit down to allow for those at the back to see. Most of the lovely crowd were cheering for the King of the North, representing house Stark (“what are we doing here… we should all be riding north…. We need to head north to fight the white walkers” – in your best Yorkshire accent!).  The atmosphere was buzzing, and the riders and horses loved it!

Thronefest The Cavalry of Heroes Game of Thrones Themed Medieval Jousting Sword Fight Stark vs Baelish Terry Marsh

Not only were we jousting we were asked to provide some terrifying White Walkers on horses, including the Night King himself. Special mention has to go to our two White Walker riders who did an absolutely superb job terrifying the visitors as they came through the gates.  You might recognise the two horses as Asgard and Zorro, our beautiful black Friesians.

Thronefest The Cavalry of Heroes Game of Thrones Themed Medieval Jousting Whitewalker on Horse

Our other horses at the show included our beautiful Andalusian Stallion Curioso Maximus, our Irish Cob X Guinness and our appaloosa brothers Harry and Apollo.

For its first year, this celebration of all things Game of Thrones, was brilliant and can only get better in the future.  Well done to the event organisers and volunteers who you could tell just loved being able to be a part of such a great day.  A special thank you to the mother and daughter team who were looking after our horse area and escorting us to and from the arena – thank you.

The Cavalry of Heroes Thronefest Game of Thrones Medieval Jousting Tyrell vs Baelish Little Finger

With a long drive back home ahead of us from Kent, The Cavalry of Heroes team set off back home to the Welsh Border, with only a little regret that it hadn’t been a two day festival as being near the seaside in Kent was rather lovely.

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

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.

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

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

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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.

The Golden Knight Sir William Celebrating his Victory over Sir Baldric by Roman Riding in the Sudeley Medieval Easter Jousting Tournament

Smashing Lances and Visitor Records at Sudeley Castle Easter Joust 2017

What a day!  Easter Sunday saw four of our Knights descend on Sudeley castle to battle it out in our first joust of the season.  The Dark Knight was in full form and the horses ready to show off their new tricks learnt over their winter training.  His Majesty King Henry VIII was also in attendance giving his royal seal of approval on the proceedings and taunting his arch nemesis The Dark Knight.

Sudeley Castle Easter Joust - Andy Keenan - Stroud Camera Club - Dark Knight against Blue Knight

Not only did lances get smashed but so did visitor records with thousands turning up to visit the castle and cheer on the jousting despite the rain in the afternoon!  A wonderful feature then appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo, the next day: Thrills and Spills in the Joust, much to the delight of Golden Knight as his hair took centre stage and so did our beautiful Friesian Stallion Asgard with his equally long flowing mane.

Gloucestershire Echo - The Cavalry of Heroes Jousting at Sudeley Castle

We have some beautifully epic shots from the talented Stroud Camera Club capturing the concentration of our Golden Knight Sir William as well as Sir Balric and King Louis as they prepare themselves for the competition.

With cheering crowds and lots of chance for the Knights to meet their fans and visitors, great fun was had by all. The Knights thoroughly enjoyed camping in the shadow of the castle and experience the ghostly goings on.  We even had a friendly peacock stop by to say hello.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of the day including the excellent team at Sudeley Castle, Sian, Kim and the volunteers who made the day such a success and so atmospheric. We couldn’t have wish for a better start to the year.

If you want to follow the adventures of our Knights 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.

For Event Organisers: be the first to hear about our new main arena shows, acts and booking opportunities, as well as receive helpful insights about having performing horses at events by signing up to our Event Organisers Email Group.  Find out more here.

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

Photos by the ever talented Lisa Lucas Photography, and Stroud Camera Club.

 

 

Hay History Weekend and The Battle of Agincourt

English Knight Marc Lovatt on Horseback Guinness St George

Photo Credit: Lesley Moore

French Knight leading procession outside Hay Castle

French Knight on Asgard

What an amazing weekend; wonderfully organised and superbly entertaining!  The entire team had so much fun celebrating the 600 year anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and the horses marvelled in all the attention!

There were horse and carriage rides around town in the morning alongside medieval tours by Hay History Group, a fantastic turn out by The Freemen of Gwent, as well as calligraphy and workshops to decorate swords and shields.

Photo Credit: Lesley Moore

Photo Credit: Lesley Moore

Photo Credit: Lesley Moore

Photo Credit: Lesley Moore

In the afternoon our Knights turned up to sword fight in and around the castle, followed by performances from the Morris Dancers and The Village Quire.  Culminating in a superb performance by the Hay Theatre Company of Shakespeare’s Henry V with the audience processing through town as either the English or the French ready to fight their final battle in front of the castle.

We met many a princess and brave knight willing to fight on the day and all of this in the fantastic grounds of Hay Castle.

In the evening Professor Anne Curry gave an illustrated talk on the Battle of Agincourt to an engaged audience.

At the end of it all Guinness, Asgard, Harry and Apollo all took a well-deserved roll in the fields before dinner and a good night’s sleep.

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