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corey clyne commented on Stan Watts's event 'Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914'
"I can do Infantry - German,French or British but I live in the states anyone have experiance with takeing a rifle over there or can I get one over there???"
Jul 14, 2013
Graf Charles v. Young commented on Stan Watts's event 'Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914'
"Is it or isn't it on? Is there a Facebook page for it yet? If we are to do something like this, it will take some logistics. What plans have been made for it? Has anyone talked to Belgian or French tourism to seek help putting it on? This is a…"
Jun 8, 2013
patrick knoops commented on Stan Watts's event 'Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914'
"hi stan...been awfylly qieut on the frontline...lol still pulling this one off...would love to hear news."
Jun 8, 2013
Dean replied to Stan Watts's discussion Dead Site
"I have Almost quit looking in here for several reasons.  1. the site is often hard to navigate 2. I am a WW 2 u. Viet Nam War reenactor and both of those areas quit having much, if anything, going on over a year ago.  It has probably been…"
Feb 8, 2013
czartank replied to Stan Watts's discussion Dead Site
"I have to say this is a common pheonomen on many forums, people seem to run out of things to say "
Jan 9, 2013
Stan Watts added a discussion to the group Cavalry
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World Cavalry Championships 2014

I have just the day got back from Switzerland and I have accepted the outline bid in the name of the International Cavalry Association put forward by Der Schweizer Kavallerieschwadron 1972 with the support of the Der Schweizer Armee. The exact dates are not yet set as there are military conditions and requirements to take into account. But suffice to say, it will be within the months of Late Spring, Summer and Early Autumn of 2014.As far as invites to other armies, woruldwide, this should be…See More
Sep 16, 2012
Aidan Turnbull replied to Stan Watts's discussion Dead Site
" That's because we are all too busy, out in the field, washing in buckets! The PELICANS (for example) have had 19 events since the start of the year! cheers A"
Aug 2, 2012
Stan Watts added a discussion to the group Cavalry
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INTERNATIONAL MILITARY QUADRILLE COMPETITION

The title says it all. However, to do such a competition where you need to transport atleast 4 horses to somewhere in the world is a non starter. There is an alternative to taking your horses to the judge. Why not take the judges to the horses. In the International Cavalry Association we are discussing an alternative so everyone can compete using their own horses. Here is the discussion document for rules and regs for a cyber quadrille. I am posting it here so you can all have the opportunity…See More
Jul 4, 2012
david siggers commented on Stan Watts's event 'Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914'
"Dear Stan , oops! my email is david.siggers @ vigin . net"
May 14, 2012
david siggers commented on Stan Watts's event 'Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914'
"Dear Stan, very intrested in your proposal,may I be of assistance? regards Dave Siggers"
May 14, 2012
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May 12, 2012
Jason Cheng commented on Stan Watts's photo
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World Cavalry Championships 2012

"It seems the horse was galloping too fast that he wasn't able to pull the blade out in time. Good photo though :)."
May 10, 2012
Jason Cheng commented on Stan Watts's photo
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World Cavalry Championships 2012

"Piercing a mock opponent near or at the heart. American frontiers cavalrymen during the post-Civil War years would engage in such mounted sabre drill too."
May 10, 2012
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May 9, 2012
Rob left a comment for Stan Watts
"Hi Stan I need a reputable Tailor who can make up a pair of traditional style "cWW1 Troopers Riding breeches" British Cavalry?  I have material.   Regards Rob"
Apr 29, 2012
nigel bristow commented on Stan Watts's event 'Mons to the Marne The Great Retreat 1914'
"Nothing i would like more than to have some envolment with the Gs Wagon and Tank Water Cart and our Infantry, lot of Logistics but with right committee its possible to pull it off !"
Mar 5, 2012

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About Me:
I learned to sit a horse before I learned to control my bowels. In my dotage I hope to forget the latter before I do the former.
Once director of the Sealed Knot, General of the Army of Parliament and Brigade Commander. Sealed Knot 'expert' on cavalry and saddlery
Founder of the Siege Group
Founder of the Troop of Shew

I am The Officer Commanding the Northamptonshire Yeomanry (mounted)

Current Chairman of The Light Cavalry Association GB

Current President, International Cavalry Association

I have a great interest in the Cavalry of the C20th, This interest is not only academic but also realised. I am pleased to be with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry (mounted), and their total focus on the experience that is cavalry.

Normally we do not do public displays but concentrate on drill, reccon exercise and horsehusbandry as laid down in the British Army Manuals. The aim is to produce a cavalryman who could pass the Scout test for mounted troops of the British Army, not only in knowldege but in ability in the saddle. It is written in the manuals that:
'The object of all cavalry training is the preperation of leaders, men and horses for war, and this object must be kept inview in every detail of the instruction'.
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British Horse Society
Long Riders Guild
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At 13:42 on April 29, 2012, Rob said…

Hi Stan

I need a reputable Tailor who can make up a pair of traditional style "cWW1 Troopers Riding breeches" British Cavalry?  I have material.

 

Regards

Rob

At 17:32 on November 3, 2010, Louise Berridge said…
Thanks so much for replying, Stan - I really appreciate it. That's also a very helpful tip in pointing me to Napoleonic. There's much more material available on that period, so if cavalry didn't change much in the intervening years then I think I can find sources quite easily.

And I so agree about Nolan's book. His diary was published just two weeks ago ('Expedition to the Crimea') and that looks promising too.

Thanks again for the response!
Kind regards,
Louise
At 14:04 on November 3, 2010, Clive Kelly said…
Hi Stan,

Crikey! I do hope you are on the mend now?

Kind regards, Clive
At 9:44 on November 3, 2010, Louise Berridge said…
Hi, Stan,

I hope you don't mind my bothering you, but you're clearly a cavalry expert and I'm in serious need of help!

My next novel is set in the Crimean War, and two of my characters are in the 13th Light Dragoons. I have lots of wonderful primary sources (Albert Mitchell's Recollections, of course, being particularly useful) but what I can't find is a book to tell me the kind of day-to-day facts about a cavalry regiment in the 1850's that I really need to know in order to get this right. The kind of stupid questions I'm asking are about ordinary routine for NCOs and troopers - eg is it plausible for a corporal to 'mess' with troopers, would the horses normally be left saddled overnight on active campaign with only a loosened girth for their comfort, would the grooming be done independently or under specific orders, etc etc. I'm reasonably well up on the basic orders given, but I'm stumped on a few specific ones (eg what the heck is the order to slow a 'trot' to a 'walk'?) and haven't yet found a manual specific to this period.

Please, I KNOW these are stupid questions, but I'm hoping the beginning of wisdom is to admit ignorance, and that there may be some books you could recommend to help a complete novice.

Sorry to be a nuisance, and do feel free to ignore this very impertinent request.

Louise
At 15:04 on November 2, 2010, Clive Kelly said…
Hi Stan,

Congratulations in winning your event in Texas. Sorry I'm a bit late. Magnificent turnout!

Kind regards, Clive
At 7:04 on October 21, 2010, Dan Highley said…
Hi Stan, great photos, and some fine looking horses. I added you to my friends.
At 12:47 on June 17, 2010, andy smerdon said…
Stan

dont see a problem skinners getting authority to be a "indian" team as our contact our pretty good with the ICOA..and if all else fails our unit patron IS the raja of Sheikhupura so we could be the official team of Sheikhupura (its a real place)

As for cost..this means if i get you right ,your looking at £1400 or so to take part...(£70 here in essex for shoes at the moment)..is this correct.??

As i was intending to take my own animal this might seem rather high...

Andy
At 14:59 on June 16, 2010, andy smerdon said…
Stan

what cost are involved.??
In what context do you need "a nod" from india.?? from whom .??
will be away at waterloo until next week..

At the moment 2012 is some way off so perhaps when more details arrive we can discuss further

andy
 
 
 

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