How did the horses of The Household Cavalry respond to the equine puppets of theatrical sensation War Horse?
With War Horse due to feature in a spectacular showdown in the much-anticipated Finale performance at the Olympia International Horse Show, the life-sized equine puppets and the real horses of The Household Cavalry met face to face for the first time.
An equestrian first
Ahead of their performances at Olympia (14-20 December, 2010), Joey – the leading equine puppet from West End hit War Horse – met Troopers and horses from The Household Cavalry on a crisp autumn morning on Tuesday, 3 November in London’s Hyde Park.
Among the living and breathing equines was Spartacus, the Cavalry’s long-distinguished Drum Horse who is also retiring at this year’s Olympia after 20 years of service.
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Puppet Joey – who happens to be just as life-like as the real thing – went on to meet Elizabeth, one of the Household Cavalry’s Musical Ride horses.
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One of the Troopers then took the reins and mounted up on Joey – for a slightly different horse riding experience!
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From stage to stables
War Horse actor Perri Snowden, who plays Capt Nicholls from the play, went on to ‘inspect’ some of the Troopers in Hyde Park.
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Find more exclusive video footage of Joey meeting the horses of The Household Cavalry here
See for yourself
War Horse‘s Joey and The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry can both be seen performing at Olympia, The London International Horse Show from 14-20 December 2010.
For more information visit www.olympiahorseshow.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0871 230 5574
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