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THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:37 am
by Stan Watts
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.

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:06 pm
by Henri De Ceredigion
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?

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:00 am
by Stan Watts
Ofcourse! :)

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:53 pm
by Stan Watts
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.

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:56 pm
by Stan Watts
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.

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:56 pm
by BeenAroundaBit
"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

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:33 pm
by pete721
This is an interesting post and thanks go to a couple of Serving Servicemen for pointing it out to me.

Stan could you tell us what the 300 Euros gets for the individual? while I acknowledge that 75 euros is for the dinner what is the 225 Euros for? does this cover transport and feeding? If so where is the transport from and to?

what is the Accommodation, I'm assuming that would be part of the fee.

what activities are planned for the non riders?

cheers

Pete L

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:46 pm
by Stan Watts
Hello Pete

I can see you are new to this forum.

If you (us) want me to give all of you a breakdown of the costs of the 300 Euros, I am happy to do so. Just ask Andy for my email address lol :wink:

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:57 pm
by Stan Watts
We on the Pursuit are so excited in that thus far we are well over 100 riders taking part from across the world. This is supported by a ground crew who are really enthusiastic to support those in the saddle.

One element which really is exciting is the large contingent of Canadians who have signed up. Nothing like the real McCoy

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:36 pm
by pete721
Ok, thats an odd reply! In so many ways.

Not sure who Andy is, and my interest was what the activities were, while I was aiming to head to the Somme next September anyway it may have been interesting to know what was going on.

Yes I'm a new joiner to the site but only just a bit newer than yourself so what is the relevance?

Pete.

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:12 pm
by Stan Watts
So it goes on.

We have the route! We have the total support of the civil authorities! We have the total support of the Armies of France and Belgium. We have the support of SHAPE. We have great campsites, good horse to hire if you don't want to bring your own. The whole event, for those who want to support this epic (the largest mounted commemoration of the Great War in Western Europe), and those in the saddle is totally catered for.

So, if you are a living historian of the Great War, why are you not part of The Pursuit to Mons?

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:09 pm
by Stan Watts
The numbers have been maintained and we go frim strength to strength with not a bicycle in sight

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:59 pm
by Piriac

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:24 pm
by Stan Watts
Piriiac, Thank you for your posts from Valencienne. We have completed this epic ride and if I dare quote my speech at the Gala Dinner held in the Gothic Hall in Mons: ' May I paraphrase Shakespeare, Men back home in England, will hold their manhood cheap, they were not with us this day of The Pursuit to Mons. I am sorry if you thought about being on this ride but you missed it, This will be the last mounted campaign ride of the 100 years of the Great War. But as I said, you missed it.

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:01 pm
by Stan Watts
By now, history has told its own story.

The Pursuit to Mons went down as an epic memorial event of the Great War. The largest mounted cavalry event covering the furthest of distances following the exact route of The Pursuit to Mons.

As for the Gala Dinner held in the iconic Hotel de Ville in the centre of Mons. This again was a total success. People came from all over the world to be present and were much pleased.

Re: THE PURSUIT TO MONS SEPTEMBER 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:23 pm
by Stan Watts
The International Cavalry Association doesn't regard the victory and success of The Pursuit to Mons as an end but just part of its continual campaign to support volunteer cavalry worldwide. Besides the success of its Associations worldwide, including the recent and brilliant cavalry tests in Poznan, Poland but also the up coming Championships being organised by the Deutsche Kavallerie Vervband this September.

Next year, ontop of its extensive program the ICA has spread itself into North America. Through its association The Eastern Seaboard, Cavalry Association it is organising another epic cavalry set of tests at Front Royal VA September 2020.

In 2021 we will be achieving an increase of the program in both Australia and Russia. This is ontop of its digital global competitions.

So, if you are cavalry, ask yourself, am I a member of the ICA? If not, why not?

The ICA had a brilliant year last year but we do not regard it as the best we can do.