Band, show-casing mounted training in the First World War period. Even with limited time to practice and the obvious difficulties in obtaining period costume, all involved pulled it off in spectacular fashion with compliments from the Director of Music and the Major General for a moving and skilled performance.
The Riding Master jumping to glory and victory at the Royal Windsor Horse Show
handed over to the Sabre Squadrons. During May, the Royal Windsor Horse Show proved challenging with the Riding Staff assisting the HMQ90 Parades, Musical Ride, Skill at Arms and the Service Teams Show Jumping. LCpl Harvey found himself finishing high in the Sword, Lance and Revolver classes and an HCMR team consisting of Major N Housby-Skeggs RAVC, Captain RI Chambers LG and CoH C Lacey LG brought home the first place shield in the team Show Jumping; this is the second year CoH Lacey has been on the top step at Royal Windsor and he keenly intends to make it a hat-trick next year.
LCoH Veness and Invader acting out the ‘Goodbye old friend’ routine during the Beating Retreat WW1 tableau
In June, the department was active in the annual Beating Retreat to mark the memorial of the beginning of the First World War. Aided by the Musical Ride, LCsoH Veness, Mancey, Raffel, LCpl Harvey and Tpr Alden (now LCpl), watched over by SCpl Scholes, produced a mounted element to complement the music of the Mounted
LCoH Raffel and LCpl Harvey during prize giving for the team tent pegging at Open Day
Then came the difficult task of preparing for Regimental Training 2016. This saw CoH McGrath head up the fence building team who produced a fantastic cross country jumping course for all at Camp to use. SCpl Powell headed up the reconditioning and preparation of all the show jumping equipment and CoH Lacey prepared everything ‘admin’. Once at summer camp each staff member was assigned to a Troop. The achievements were obvious in the encouraging performances and seamless running of the regimental competitions and Open Day. At the 2016 Royal Tournament, held at the Defence Animal Centre in October, the Riding Master, now wearing his Majors crowns, qualified for the services jumping championship at the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December, but he only just qualified; maybe the burden of promotion was weighing heavily on his shoulders.
The Staff fresh from the Beating Retreat 2016
The Musical Ride
by Captain J H S C Harbord, The Life Guards
he Musical Ride has once again steered a successful course over a jam-packed year with shows up and down the country, in addition to the soldiers’ and horses’ annual output of state ceremonial and public duties. Committed heavily to the Royal Windsor Horse Show / Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, the Ride persevered in what could only be described as truly atrocious weather. Rehearsals
were cancelled, extra straw was ordered and the RHG/D SCM was even seen in rubber boots, wellington, for the use of. Yet we refused to allow the elements to beat us; some of the soldiers even had double the workload, starring in both the main HCMR as well as Musical Ride performances. Long days and nights ensued but televised performances in front of the LG and RHG/D Gold Sticks and Her Majesty were met with rapturous applause; and even Capt (Retd)
James Bl(o)unt LG made an appearance, in support of the Ride’s final performance in front of Her Majesty. Regimental Training’s Open Day in Norfolk in July produced record numbers of 6,000+ and was a great opportunity not only to engage with the local community but also to showcase the Regiment’s riding skills. Unfortunately, we were left without the contribution of the Band for the occasion and, for this
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