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King's Troop enjoy holiday dip

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: September 16, 2009

  • The King's Troop horses and their riders have enjoyed a daily gallop and a swim in the sea at Polzeath beach since their arrival in Cornwall at the weekend

  • The King's Troop horses and their riders have enjoyed a daily gallop and a swim in the sea at Polzeath beach since their arrival in Cornwall at the weekend

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IT'S AN iconic image that thrills audiences everywhere – for the precision and splendour of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery is poetry in motion.

But the splendid horses need a break from ceremonial duties in London – and have come to Cornwall for a well-earned holiday.

The troop's Right Section arrived for its annual summer camp – this year at Polzeath on the North Cornwall coast – last Saturday with 25 soldiers and 27 horses under the command of Captain Harry Wallace.

Capt Wallace said: "This is a valuable part of the soldiers' and horses' training, providing them with a respite from the normal working routine and presenting a chance for relaxation and fun.

"We spend the majority of the year carrying out high-profile ceremonial duties in London including the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen's Birthday Parade.

The world-famous King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take a break from ceremonial duties and enjoy a well-earned holiday on the beach at Polzeath, Cornwall.

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"It's great to come to Cornwall. The beaches provide a wonderful getaway for our horses, providing quality time in wide open spaces and allowing them to have a proper gallop and a swim in the sea."

When conducting their normal duties in London, the King's Troop plays a central role in the firing of royal salutes on royal anniversaries and state occasions, and provides a gun carriage and team of black horses from Left Section for state and military funerals.

It is based at St John's Wood and was named by King George VI in 1947. The horses are graded in colour with the lightest bays in Right Section, graduating through Centre Section to black in Left Section. The outfit also takes part in the Cenotaph Remembrance Parade and Trooping the Colour.

The horses are being stabled at a dairy farm just outside Polzeath and have been making the short trip to the beach daily.

Right Section holds a public open day from 11am today at Carruan Farm, near Polzeath. An equine military display will be staged as a fundraiser for local charities, including showjumping, military skill at arms and stunt riding. There will also be a farrier demonstration, mounted games and introduction of a young horse to harness.

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    bea smith, USA  |  September 17 2009, 4:55PM

    FABULOUS pics. i dont think they are all LADS, i spy 3 women !! how great is that!!!

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    Jeanette, Somerset (South)  |  September 17 2009, 12:42PM

    this break for the horses is obviously enjoyed - you can see they love the water!. lovely pictures and a great place!

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    Ginny, Tasmania  |  September 17 2009, 11:29AM

    Fantastic! Wonderful photos and uplifting story! I'm always so happy to know these horses and riders manage to escape their inner city pressures & duties for some well deserved R & R at a fantastic West Country beach. There's nothing much that can beat a gallop across sand and surf, & I always wonder what the horses 'think' about their holiday - let's hope they put Polzeath at the top of their vacation list for next year too!

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    Reg, Portugal  |  September 17 2009, 10:38AM

    Good to see the lads enjoying a respite from their other duties - hope they enjoy it!

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