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Civilians exercising Household Cavalry horses in London

#1
Several years ago someone told me that it was possible for civilians to help out by exercising the horses in London, after passing an appropriate horsemanship test. Firstly, is this (was this) still the case and, if so, how does one go about getting involved? It's not for me but for my sister - I think my horseriding days are in gradual decline.

Thanks in advance

SB
 
#2
Sandbanks said:
Several years ago someone told me that it was possible for civilians to help out by exercising the horses in London, after passing an appropriate horsemanship test. Firstly, is this (was this) still the case and, if so, how does one go about getting involved? It's not for me but for my sister - I think my horseriding days are in gradual decline.

Thanks in advance

SB
There are one or two girls out exercising military horses (at least I think they are military!) who make an early morning jogette through Hyde Park worthwhile.
 
#3
There are at least 3 riding schools around Hyde Park. I know the owner of one of them and I sure she said years ago she had riden with them, but I don't know if it was on there horses. I'm sure if the officers know a civi rider they might let them ride out one morning but I don't think it's just open to the public.
 
#5
It certainly used to be possible, don´t know if it still is. However, you can´t just rock up and ask to ride. Generally, you need to make friends with either a member of the riding staff, an officer or a SNCO, in that order. Then you take a riding test given by the Riding Master (nothing complicated, walk, trot and canter under control). Do you know anyone at Knightsbridge? Try offering the CO a new suit.
 
#6
Jorrocks said:
It certainly used to be possible, don´t know if it still is. However, you can´t just rock up and ask to ride. Generally, you need to make friends with either a member of the riding staff, an officer or a SNCO, in that order. Then you take a riding test given by the Riding Master (nothing complicated, walk, trot and canter under control). Do you know anyone at Knightsbridge? Try offering the CO a new suit.
T1ts uit?
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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#7
12 - 15 years ago I consulted in the smoke and lived during the week in the Victory Services Club just behind Bayswater Road on the north edge of Hyde Park.

One morning, stood shaving, I heard a clatter outside, had a shufti and found a squadron of HCR dresssed in No 2s out exercising their horses.

Doesn't really prove or disprove anything, but there it was.
 
#8
Yep, still goes on. My girlfriends sister-in-law does it. Don't know how to go about it (and can't be arssed to look) but I'm sure it is worth giving them a buzz or better drop them a line.

*edited for mong spelling
 
#9
JonnoJonno said:
Yep, still goes on. My girlfriends sister-in-law does it. Don't know how to go about it (and can't be arssed to look) but I'm sure it is worth giving them a buzz or better drop them a line.

*edited for mong spelling
Thanks :roll:
 
#11
Vent_Tube_Tester said:
Sandbanks said:
JonnoJonno said:
Yep, still goes on. My girlfriends sister-in-law does it. Don't know how to go about it (and can't be arssed to look) but I'm sure it is worth giving them a buzz or better drop them a line.

*edited for mong spelling
Thanks :roll:
Why is all this horse talk being mentioned on the Armoured Thread :?
Ask a Polish Lancer!
 
#15
Yes, civilians can exercise horses with HCav or HDiv in Knightsbridge - however you really need to know someone over there. I made my contacts (with the HDiv CplMaj) through my OH who is serving and currently posted to London. Alternatively if she has any connections to the Civil Service then she may be able to have lessons on HCav horses on an evening. She will have to take a riding test and be prepared to ride at 7am most mornings in full show attire.
Kings Troop actually advertise lessons for civvies at £35/hr. The horses tend to be better schooled as well.
 
#16
It is possible. Each troop also has one civilian groom as well, full time, paid. I would suggest contacting the riding master as a few have suggested, or if you want to go further and buy a horse - the Vet is the person to see, they do sell them off cheap as chips!
But you need to have all your land / stable inspected by the vet.
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
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#18
As much as the rest of the Amoured Corp detest the HHC, they are still Armoured, we are all Cavalry, well apart from those 2, that started out as the rejects from every other regiment, and we all have a Stables Troop, QS?
Tuesday I think.
 
#19
I wish I'd known about this 15+ years ago when I used to ride in Hyde Park from Lilo Blum's stable - it would have saved me a fortune.

(Very sad - I'd booked a hack and the night before I saw little Louise, one of the stable girls, in tears on the evening news - stable had burned down and they'd lost a couple of the horses).
 

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