Widget

One of the only ponies in the club, what Widget lacks in height, she more than makes up for with her huge character and copious amounts of mane!

She is a typical fat fluffy pony mare, with strong opinions and unique jumping style!

Having spent most of her years at the Ditchling Common Stud Riding School, she has learnt most of the cheeky ways of riding school ponies to avoid work and attempts to spend all her time eating!

Despite this, she is great fun to ride, and when out tentpegging, she clearly enjoys herself and is great fun to ride, even when the occasional squealing tantrum occurs!

You can see more of Widget in her own gallery

Liquorice

Liquorice is a 16hh black Irish Cob mare. Born in 1999 in Ireland, she has lived most of her life in Sussex. She has a lovely character, which makes her very easy to handle on the ground. When ridden, she will do anything for you within her capabilities – as long as you ask her politely and in a manner she approves of!

Liquorice has a varied career, for many years in the riding School at Ditchling Common Stud and, since the closure of DCS in 2013, in private ownership. Whilst she does not have an athletic build, she has proved to be successful in both the dressage and jumping arena at a local level. However, there is no doubt that Mounted Skill at Arms is her favourite job – she has taken part in numerous SAA competitions, displays and demonstrations across the UK and in Holland. Her impressive stature, combined with her gentle nature, make her a popular horse with all who meet her.

 

Liquorice has her own gallery of photos

Louis

Louis ( Lewesboy) is a 16.2 chestnut Irish Sports Horse. He is now 20years old.

Originally bought as a show jumper , he was never quite brave enough to make the grade.

He has taken part in many riding club activities including dressage at which he has done well in elementary tests. He has performed at many skill-at-arms competitions and displays, including Battle Prom displays, and re-enactments.

 

See Louis’ gallery

WW1

A typical yeomanry regiment at the outbreak of WW1 is represented. At that stage no tin hats were worn – only soft peaked. Also, only 50 rounds of ammunition were carried in a bandolier by the riders. Horses were at a premium – the front line regiments had priority which meant that finding mounts for the Yeomanry posed a problem. The Sussex were lucky in that a large proportion of their horses were hunt horses of the East Sussex, Crawley and Horsham Hounds.

Pre-war First Aid Nursing Yeomanry is also represented. An interesting article entitled “A Women’s Nursing Yeomanry Corps at Work” was written by Lynette Beardwood who has been instrumental in helping Joyce of Sussex Yeomanry have made (by The Cavalry Workshop) an accurate copy of one of the uniforms that was worn by Lilian Franklin who was one of the founder members of FANY [now FANY (PRVC). The intention is for Joyce to wear the uniform at Sussex Yeomanry WW1 demonstrations/displays.

NB Whilst the WW1 uniforms that are worn are based on/copied from WW1 uniforms and are as accurate as possible, it should be borne in mind that primarily the purpose of Sussex Yeomanry is to demonstrate the equestrian sport of mounted skill-at-arms. As such, sometimes the carrying of weapons by some members of the Group is not historically correct.

We have a gallery showing some of skills we demonstrate together with a selection of our uniforms, click here to have a look

Napoleonic

Three regiments of the Napoleonic period are represented, two of which are British (3rd/King’s Own Dragoons [heavy cavalry] and 18th Light Dragoons/Hussars [light cavalry]) and one of which is French (1st Chasseurs à Cheval). The 3rd Dragoons are of the Peninsular War period. The 18th Light Dragoons and the 1st Chasseurs à Cheval encompass the period from the Peninsular War through to Waterloo.

All uniforms and saddlery is of a very high standard, much of which has been made by John and Celia Norris of Solent Saddlery/The Cavalry Workshop.

We have a gallery showing some of skills we demonstrate together with a selection of our costumes, click here to have a look

Medieval Period

Medieval Equestrian Skill-at-Arms
In the Medieval period, jousting tournaments were held not only for sport and entertainment but also to keep horses and men trained and ready for war. The tournaments involved not only jousting but also exercises that do not involve the use of armour.

Sussex Yeomanry as a Group tries to give a flavour and feeling for the type of exercises that Medieval men on horseback took part in which involved the use of the quintain, lances, swords and daggers.

Hunting was also good training for war and some of the Group’s demonstrations are based on the horse and weapons-handling skills needed for hunting.

 

We have a gallery showing some of skills we demonstrate together with a selection of our costumes.

Competitions

Horse shows played an important part of regular and yeomanry cavalry life. Sussex Yeomanry competitions, when held, will be open to any horse and rider combination with a suitable level of expertise/experience. The competitions will be run over a period of two days and will include a variety of disciplines from standard and from cavalry-based skill-at-arms competitions.

Rules for the combined competition are to be found below:
Competition Course Layout Rules – December 2014
Competition Method – December 2014
Competition General Rules – December 2014
Competition Rules for Marking – October 2016
BCA SLR COURSE Detail – June 2014
SAA and Equestrian Skills Competition (German based) – Lance
SAA and Equestrian Skills Competition (GermanBased) – Sword And Pistol

See some pictures of our members and horses competing