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Forces Equine Games to show Berkshire military riders' skill

Published: 2 May 2013 09:300 comments

Military riders from across Berkshire are to participate in the Forces Equine Games this weekend (May 4 and 5).

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This new military equestrian event taking place at Wellington Riding, Hampshire and involves traditional jumping, dressage, cross country and showing events alongside fun classes for children and adults the show will feature tentpegging, skill at arms and for the first time at a military equine event, a British Horseback Archery Association competition.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bedford are expected, along with the Light Cavalry - Honourable Light Company, for parade where salute will be taken by the Duke of Wellington.

The event, organised by Forces Equine (FE) a non-profit information portal for the equestrian community of the combined armed services and police.

It will showcase all the colour, expertise and excitement of British Armed Forces and Police equestrian sport, past and present, while reinforcing the spirit of community in the forces equine world.

Charities such as Horseback UK (which helps injured service personnel regain their independence through working with horses), the Army's national charity,

ABF The Soldiers Charity, the Astro Fund at RAF Akrotiri Saddle Club and the Ark Royal arena the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Equestrian Association are all set to benefit from funds raised at the event.

Local civilian riders can also join in the fun from 'grassroots' to advanced level. In the show jumping classes, competitors will have the chance to tackle some of the fences used during the London 2012 Olympic competition.

Those without horses can enter the vast array of classes in Sunday's dog show. Classes range from Kennel Club and Companion Dog Club classes to open- to- all novelty classes including fancy dress and fastest sausage eater, owner and dog.

Forces Equine extends to the immediate family members - especially young riders - of those in uniform and aims to help these riders stay involved in equestrian sport regardless of heavy workloads, wherever their job, or their spouses job, takes them in the world.

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