Briar

Stable name: Briar

One of the longest serving members of the Historic Equitation team, Briar is never far from his stable mate Duke.

Briar is a fierce jouster, he is experienced enough to help those who are just learning, but strong and powerful to often challenge the more experienced riders! 

He may look slow with his large frame, but there is no doubt he is an excellent and intimidating Destrier.

Roles:

  • Jousting horse
  • Marshall horse
  • Beginners horse

Previous appearances:

The Hampton Court Flower Show: British Roses.

 

In memoriam – Duke

Duke

Never far from Briar in the field, Duke was a Frisian, but unlike any seen before! He had tremendous natural paces and ability and was a great all-rounder. He knew and loved his job, and was always disappointed if he did not get at least one run up the tilt rail during schooling!

Image courtesy of Hannah Brewer Photography

Roles:

  • Jousting horse
  • Marshall horse
  • Beginners horse

Appearances:

Duke was ridden by Dr Tobias Capwell when escorting Richard III’s coffin to its final resting place in Leicester Cathedral on 23rd March 2015 accompanied by Dominic Sewell with Coralito. You can read about the event in the Telegraph’s online article.

He was ridden by Dr Tobias Capwell in the series Secrets of the Shining Knight.

Duke was ridden by Dr Tobias Capwell in the BBC 4 series Metalworks where he introduces the Greenwich Armouries of Henry VIII.

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Pericles

Pericles

Stable name: Perry

Pericles is an Irish Draught gelding, possibly the mightiest war horse in the stables at the moment (although Nuevo may soon take his place!) He is fearless, and enjoys nothing more than the heat of battle or the thrill of a joust!

Despite his formidable size and thundering hooves, Pericles is extremely agile, and has been known to canter pirouette around the end of the list ahead of the next course, and will levade impressively before his rider gives him the signal to go.

Despite his astounding agility in modern day tournaments, he will not be appearing at Bolsover Castle in classical performances to showcase airs above the ground.

Roles:

  • Jousting horse
  • All-round tournament horse
  • Marshall horse

Speciality:

  • Jousting
  • Mounted combat

Previous Appearances:

Batholem de Bento

Bento

Stable name: Bento

Batholem de Bento (Bento) is one of the most well known horses at Historic Equitation, known not for his talent but rather for his part in the 1066 March in 2016 and his social media following that grew as a result of his cheeky personality.

Bento is on of the few Portuguese horses we own, he is a pure Lusitano gelding but was born and bred in the UK.

The Lusitano originated from the mountainous areas of Portugal in the Iberian Peninsula making them extremely strong and adaptable. The Lusitano is a true all-rounder, originally being used in the cavalry but later becoming popular on farms, within the bullring and also for classical dressage. They are one of the oldest saddled breeds of horses in the world having been ridden for more than 5000 years.

Bento has taken the full range of skills that a true Lusitano has to offer, with an unshakeable determination, strong will, fluid movement and ability to perform high school classical movements.

Bento joined the Historic Equitation team when he was five (and with a slightly darker hair colour, as had some of the team then!) Since that time Domenic and the team have worked to further develop Bento’s haute école movements, with his speciality being the capriole and levade. The capriole is a movement whereby the horse leaps into the air, at the highest point of the leap (and with the horse’s body horizontal) he kicks out with both back feet. Historically it is a useful movement for repelling attackers on foot – something we do not encourage now!

Roles:

  • Mounted falconry
  • Marshall horse
  • Jousting horse (in training)
  • 17th Century dressage demonstrations
  • Skill at arms

Speciality:

  • Capriole
  • Levade

Previous Appearances:

Bento completed the majority of the 1066 anniversary march in 2016 (it would have been all had he not thrown a shoe!)

You can read more about the march here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/search-news/the-1066-march and  http://blog.english-heritage.org.uk/battle-of-hastings-march/

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Icaro

Icaro is a Boccado Carthusian stallion, the Boccado bloodline is ancient and there are less then 500 horses of this line alive today.

Icaro was purchased as an unbroken stallion, and began his ridden career with Historic Equitation. Nothing phase this little chap and we hope he enjoys the busy season we have planned ahead!

He made his jousting debut at Wrest Parks 13th Century Tournament on St George’s Day in 2018 as the mount of Dominic Sewell. He has since also been used in his first 15th Century Joust at Alnwick Castle where he took everything on his stride, a very useful horse indeed!

Roles:

  • 13th Century jousting horse
  • 15th Century jousting horse
  • Classical horsemanship

Speciality:

  • 17th Century dressage
  • Spanish walk

Previous Appearances:

  • Duke of Newcastle Cavalier Horse Displays at Bolsover Castle
  • 13th Century jousting horse at St George’s Day Festival at Wrest Park
  • Commentators horse for horsemanship displays at Kenilworth Castle’s Elizabethan Event
  • Alnwixk Castle 15th Century Joust
  • Marshall’s horse at the beautiful Framlingham Castle