Faraon

Faraon is a Friesian cross stallion, he was imported from Spain in February 2017 by Historic Equitation. He arrived with well-established work both ridden and in-hand which has only been improved upon. Faraon has been a valuable asset to the team since his arrival.

Roles:

  • Marshall’s horse
  • Classical horsemanship
  • 15th Century jousting horse

Speciality:

  • Piaffe
  • Spanish walk

 

 

Previous Appearances:

  • Marshall horse at Carisbrooke Castle for the Grand Medieval Joust of Good versus Evil!
  • Marshall horse at St George’s Day Festival at Wrest Park 2018
  • Horse for the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley at Kenilworth Castle’s Elizabethan Event 2018

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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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Coralito

Coralito

Coralito is one of the most powerful horses at Historic Equitation, with the almost unbeatable combination of strength, power and control coupled with excellent schooling, which make him the most manoeuvrable in the yard.

Coralito is often used for mounted falconry displays with a skilled rider as he is able to move seamlessly into position to enable the rider to land a hawk whilst on the move.

Whilst he may not be the bravest warrior, he is a reliable performer who likes to showcase his haute école movements in front of the crowd and relishes his annual task of leading the cavalry charge at the Battle of Hastings.

After a long day filming Coralito loves nothing more than a good roll. His favourite trick at home is to throw himself in the muddiest puddle when he sees you approaching with a headcollar, ensuring there is fresh, sticky mud coating across his entire body!

Roles:

  • Knight marshal horse
  • Mounted falconry
  • 17th Century dressage demonstrations
  • Jousting horse

Speciality:

  • Pesade
  • Levade
  • Piaffe
  • Mounted falconry

Previous Appearances:

Coralito was ridden by Dominic Sewell when escorting Richard III’s coffin to its final resting place in Leicester Cathedral on 23rd March 2015 accompanied by Dr Tobias Capwell on Duke. You can read more here and on the Telegraphs website here.

Coralito was used to give Jeremy Taylor from the Financial Times a day in the life experience of being a jouster at Kenilworth Castle, near Coventry. Jeremy wore armour for the first time and rode around the ramparts getting used to the feel of the extra 20kg in weight, read about his experience here.

With his steadfast nature and abundance of patience, Coralito was the natural choice for Fiona Bruce to ride during filming of the Antiques Roadshow.

Coralito was used for the second year of jousting at Framlingham Castle in Suffolk, read the full article.

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