Cavalry invite public to their holiday camp

Household Cavalry Regimental open day ANL-150719-184852009
Household Cavalry Regimental open day ANL-150719-184852009
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There was a chance not only to see the horses of the Household Cavalry in action but to say hello to them in their holiday camp on Sunday.

Each year the regiment’s horses get a break from ceremonial duties at a summer camp at Bodney Camp near Thetford, which ends with a Regimental Open Day.

Household Cavalry Regimental open day ANL-150719-184530009

Household Cavalry Regimental open day ANL-150719-184530009

While there, the riders and horses are put through their paces with a range of exercises that help build the confidence of both, preparing them for their duties in London.

A spokesman said: “The facilities at Bodney Camp allow for much variation in riding experiences, such as cross country, racing and competitive sports.”

During their ‘holiday’ the troops also get to ride on the beach at Holkham, both on the sand and, bareback, in the sea.

The spokesman explained: “The nature of their role means that the horses need to be familiar with all sorts of environments. The beach ride gets them accustomed to another surface in the soft sand and also the water.”

Household Cavalry Regimental open day ANL-150719-184829009

Household Cavalry Regimental open day ANL-150719-184829009

But on Sunday it was time to meet the public with a demonstration from the world famous Household Cavalry Musical Ride, show jumping, tent pegging and the Royal Signals’ White Helmets Motorcycle Display team.

There was also military music, a fair ground and carriage rides.

Soldiers and horses of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment enjoyed a morning riding on the beach and in the sea at Holkham Beach on the North Norfolk coast. ''Image by LA(Phot) Maxine Davies, Royal Navy ANL-150307-164159001

Soldiers and horses of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment enjoyed a morning riding on the beach and in the sea at Holkham Beach on the North Norfolk coast. ''Image by LA(Phot) Maxine Davies, Royal Navy ANL-150307-164159001