"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…"
"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.
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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
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
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'.
Northamptonshire Yeomanry (mounted)
Light Cavalry Association GB
International Cavalry Association
British Horse Society
Long Riders Guild
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!
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.
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...