THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

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THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Postby Stan Watts » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:37 am

The official all Nations event of the International Cavalry Association to commemorate the last cavalry offensive of 1918 and the end of the war to end all wars. This is an international THANKSGIVING to celebrate the end of the war which took so many lives of the people of Europe.
The aim is to cover the line of the advance of the Army from Cambrai to Mons via Valenciennes. We will be covering 15-20 Km a day at cavalry pace. We are aiming for the route to be 90% cross country.This means we will start the day in the saddle ca 4 hours per day. This will allow teams who want to go to memorials etc or do work with their sponsors to use the PM for such things. This is a cavalry event. Cavalry are mobile. Therefore the riders will use pop up tents for the evening bivouac, these being moved on by truck. At no time will the ride take a loop route and it will be a new camp every night.

Be aware, this ride is not concerned in the gender of the cavalryman but whether they can ride at cavalry pace and have respect in kit for both rider and horse to the Unit they represent.

Please note: We expect not only single cavalrymen from across the world but also complete Units. Presently we have over 100 uniformed mounted troops and the same again in the ground crews. Ground teams and support are essential to keep the cavalrymen in the saddle. So, even if you are not a rider but want to be part of probably the largest uniformed cavalry campaign event to take place in Western Europe since 1918, please let us know.
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Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Postby Henri De Ceredigion » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:06 pm

Stan Watts wrote:The official all Nations event of the International Cavalry Association to commemorate the last cavalry offensive of 1918 and the end of the war to end all wars. This is an international THANKSGIVING to celebrate the end of the war which took so many lives of the people of Europe.


That is a wonderful idea. Sadly I cannot ride a horse (at any speed) but as a member of the Poppy Collectors may I inform my local branch of the Royal British Legion about this and see if they would be interested?



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Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Postby Stan Watts » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:00 am

Ofcourse! :)



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Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Postby Stan Watts » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:53 pm

Whilst those on horseback must be true horse'men' as they will have to be able to cover country at pace, hour after hour, we are always open to have support from the ground from those who are in period clothes (not an excuse for a civilian holiday). Cavalry in the saddle needs so much support from the ground.



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Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Postby Stan Watts » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:56 pm

Here is a post, just, on this date, put up on the Event's site:

THOSE WHO WISH TO BE PART OF THE PURSUIT BUT DO NOT WANT TO RIDE OR BE IN THE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT.
We are more than happy for anyone, with an interest in the Great War and the Pursuit to Mons to avail themselves of the facilities offered up by this epic ride. However, whilst we welcome you, if you are not part of a mounted member's team or of the logistical support we will be setting a fee of 300 Euros per head to use our campsites and be at the Gala Dinner in Mons at the end of the ride.



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Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Postby BeenAroundaBit » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:56 pm

"as a member of the Poppy Collectors may I inform my local branch of the Royal British Legion about this and see if they would be interested?"

However Henri.. you might like to know that there is a similar event taking place in August of 2018 which has the official backing the Royal British Legion , Is raising funds for the RBL (last event we did raised over £2500 ) , contains serving members of the British army as well as many veterans, and unlike other events who refer to Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites as " Bone Yards" we will be visiting many interesting sites and paying due respects.Also our " Fee" for those taking part on foot is only £25 for the week.
You can find more information on Facebook on this page .. https://www.facebook.com/TheLastHurrah1918/

You are of course free to pick who you wish to support but this event is primarily based on Commemoration and raising funds for the RBL.

Thank You




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