Following its busiest year in over three centuries, members of the Household Cavalry are enjoying a well-earned holiday with their horses in West Tofts.
Since March, the mounted household troops have performed in ten parades and 30 full rehearsals around the streets of London. As a just reward they are currently spending two weeks in the Norfolk countryside, going on hacks and having fun showjumping.
The highlight of their holiday, however, are trips to Holkham Beach, where the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals get to ride in less formal attire and their horses can play in the surf.
"This year's summer training at West Tofts is incredibly important,” said Life Guard officer Captain Anton Wallis. “We have just had one of the busiest years in our 350 year history and the men and horses deserve a thoroughly well-earned break."
Their holiday comes to a close this weekend (14-15 July), when they invite the public to join them. As well as providing an opportunity for us mere mortals to meet the mighty mounts, the open days feature a host of displays and entertainment.
The Household Cavalry’s Musical Ride will put on a display, while the Band of the Blues and Royals will play some rousing tunes. There will also be a mounted 'skill-at-arms' tournament and a show jumping competition, as well as around 100 stalls, stands and bars on site.
"The open weekend is a wonderful opportunity for the public to come and enjoy a relaxed environment with us," Captain Wallis added. "Most people only get to see us in full ceremonial dress on parade so it is a great for them to meet the men and horses behind the armour."