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June 7th 2017

Gallop in to see the Defence Animal Centre at their Open Day

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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

A fast-paced spectacular performance of the world-famous Musical Ride by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is one of the highlights planned for the Defence Animal Centre Open Day later this month.

The Defence Animal Centre (DAC) based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, will throw open its gates to the public on Sunday, 25 June between 10am and 4pm. Entrance and parking will be free.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is a ceremonial mounted unit. All soldiers recruited into either the Life Guards or The Blues and Royals, start life as Royal Armoured Corps crewman and are dual trained, operating Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles and also conducting all of the mounted state ceremonial activities in central London, including the daily Queen’s Life Guard. They will enter the main arena at 1425 hrs.

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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in action

Visitors to the open day will also be able to enjoy music by The Band of The Royal Engineers who will enter the arena at 1230 hrs. The open day will also include canine demonstrations from the Canine Training Squadron, Defence Animal Training Regiment who are based at Melton Mowbray who are responsible for training all the Military Working Dogs for Defence, tent pegging and mounted sports demonstrations, and a dog and duck demonstration team.

In between the military demonstrations in the arena visitors will be able to learn more about how the Royal Army Veterinary Corps trains and operates. Each of the Training Squadrons will have display areas on the front field showing how Military Working Dogs are equipped and trained as well as the ceremonial and course horse at the DAC. People will be able to see the horses in their stables and the Farriers at work.

People will also be able to take a guided tour around the Veterinary Training Squadron and explore the extensive veterinary facility that allows the teams of vets and support staff to keep all of the animals at the Defence Animal Centre in the best of health. A range of veterinary equipment will be on display and the equine operating theatre will be open for viewing.

Entertainment for young children will include face painting, paint balling, rock climbing challenge and pony rides.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Morrison, said: “We are all looking forward to our Open Day. It’s a great opportunity to showcase what we do and the soldiers really enjoy talking to people about their work and their animals. It’s just one of the many events that will be taking place across the UK that weekend as people come together to celebrate our Armed Forces.”

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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

Whilst food and drink will be available to purchase, visitors can also bring along their own food and enjoy a full day at the Defence Animal Centre.

The Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) The Solider’s Charity will be holding a Hog Roast Lunch with Wine in the VIP marquee.

Car parks will be signposted and located on Welby Lane next to the Canine Training Squadron and just off Asfordby Road by the entrance to the Defence Animal Centre. The Sat Nav postcode is LE13 0HX.

No dogs other than assistance dogs will be allowed on site.

"It’s a great opportunity to showcase what we do and the soldiers really enjoy talking to people about their work and their animals. "