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Dragoons need horses don't they?

 
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Captaingeneral



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:37 pm    Post subject: Dragoons need horses don't they? Reply with quote

Hello All

Here are the long promised pics of Wardlaws monted at Sudeley Castle (I think). We also rode at Ragley Hall earlier that year, when we were roundly insulted by the 'toffs' in the cavalry, until we showed them we rode as well as them if not better!! Smile

shame they are so far away ...





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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be great if we could ride again. Although some people might be to old to ride (Dad). Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic! Could you point out who's who? Although, being newbies we might not know them anyway!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bottom pic, from left to right, front to back -

Steve Stocker, unknown drummer, Carole Stocker, Eve Pomroy, Don (I forget his surname), Steve Jones (Captain-General here), unknown, Pete Stocker, me, Steve Mortimore, unknown, Pete Fisher?, unknown, Greg Bunn.

Nice pics. I wasn't riding at this stage (not sure, but I suspect I had only been in a year or two). Rode at Powicke and a couple of others (I forget the names).

It was fun but hard work - takes up a lot of time over a weekend. It's also only really feasable if you have enough men to make up a firing line after you dismount (although the rest of the regiment used to run along behind and catch up!) - so you're looking for (I would argue) at least half a dozen firing musketeers willing to do it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gruff
The pictures have cavalry men in them too, so ignore them!
There were a number of dragoons from another regiment taking their 'tests with us (red coats)

Other then that
Pic 1 - Kev Pomroy in green- pete fisher in morion
Pic 2 - Pete again - red draggon? - Steve Stocker - Me - Max
Pic 3 Pete again on foot - couple of cavalry - Chris Rosser - Pru? - Steve Stocker - 3 more cavalry - Me again (hurrah!)

As I recall the introduction of regular riding split the regiment in two with those unwilling to ride, rathr unhappy about the time taken by the others that wanted to.

In the end that (i feel) proved the downfall of the scheme, along with the cavalry's elitism.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember riding at Sudeley as I was convinced I was about to be violently sick over my horse after a heavy session on the cider the night before, and my morion kept slipping over my eyes to add to the whole experience. Don't remember any test though, although knowing the Knot there was one.

Keeping the slowmatch away from Dobbin was also a consideration.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone give me a year for Sudeley? I'm putting these pics into a Golden Oldies album on the Gallery.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sudeley was 1993, I am pretty sure.
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