The King’s Troop visit Watergate Bay

This morning we enjoyed a surprise visit from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery gunners who came to exercise their horses. Stabled at RAF St Mawgan the horses have come from their usual home at Woolwich, London to concentrate on some specific horse and rider training.

The King's Troop at Watergate Bay

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery’s primary role is one of ceremony and is made up of 111 horses. They are a mounted unit of the British Army where the soldiers are superb equestrians and trained to drive a team of six horses that pull the First World War ‘thirteen pounder’ state saluting guns.

It’s duties include the firing of royal salutes, providing gun carriage and supplying a team of black horses for state and military funerals. The Troop performs the duties of the Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards for one month each year and they are renowned for their impressive Musical Drive performance at every Royal Tournament that can be seen at shows around the country including the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Many of the manoeuvres of the Musical Drive have remained unchanged since it was first performed in 1897.

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King's Troop at Watergate Bay

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The King’s Troop also has an operational role as part of our territorial defence. Both men and women are trained as fighting soldiers and six are currently deployed at any one time. When the Army mobilises, the King’s Troop provides HGV drivers who deliver ammunition to artillery units around the battlefield.

Each year the horses and soldiers come to a beach – away from work and their ceremonial dress and uniform – to undergo intensive equestrian training, the sort which they would not be able to do in London. Many of the horses will never have seen the sand or the sea before and it can be very unnerving for the horses. The exercise builds great trust between the horse and rider, trust which is essential in other areas of their duties. They also enjoy other activities like show jumping and dressage skills, testing both horse and rider in different environments to which they feel comfortable.

On Sunday 13 September RAF St Mawgan are hosting an opportunity to meet the horses and soldiers and watch some impressive horse displays. Gates open at 11am, displays start at midday.

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4 thoughts on “The King’s Troop visit Watergate Bay

  1. mel smith

    would love to see your lovely horses on the beach again and visit your tempory stables in cornwall so could you please let us know if possible if the troop is on holliday in cornwall this year.
    regards mel smith

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    1. sarah Post author

      Hi Mel, They’re stunning aren’t they. As far as we’re aware The King’s Troop aren’t planning on ‘holidaying’ at RAF St Mawgan or visiting Watergate Bay this year. But you might be able to catch them at one of these events http://www.army.mod.uk/artillery/regiments/24835.aspx . If we hear anything different we will let you know. Best wishes, Team WGB

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  2. MEL SMITH

    my wife and I are hoping to see the horses on holiday this year is there any chance they are coming to cornwall in 2016 we would love to hear from you.Kind Regards MEL SMITH

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