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Horsemanship


Michael first learnt to ride as a teenager but has ridden horses proficiently for over 25 years. He has undertaken a wide range and variety of equestrian and specialised mounted cavalry training up to instructor level in mounted skill at arms from experts and instructors. Michael has as a mounted skills at arms instructor trained for Janet Rogers at Film & TV Horses in Windsor, teaching slashing with the sabre sword (Turks Head), and pegging, including the ring and a peg, using swords and lances up to competition standard. Michael has also schooled horses to perform in full skill at arms displays and competitions. As an actor Michael has appeared as a mounted soldier in Disney film 'The Parent Trap' (directed by Nancy Meyers) staring Natasha Richardson and has also performed in 'Son et Lumiere' (starring Bill Pertwee) at Polesdene Lacy house in Sussex as a member of a small Light Cavalry Troop. He is very experienced in 1908-1912 (thrusting) sabre, light and heavy cavalry sabres as well as lance, pistol and Carbine rifle.

Michael has won or been placed in the ribbons in many equestrian competitions over the years. His three greatest achievements were being Winner of the Rundle Cup millennium prize Mounted Skill at Arms Competition hosted by Tidworth Polo Club, Hampshire. England. Winner of 3 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 1 bronze medal as a member of the British equestrian team competing in the mounted skill at arms competitions at the international Masters Tournament Games, in Pretoria, South Africa.







Twice second place winner in the individual classes mounted pegging competitions in the use of sword and lance at Royal Windsor Horse Shows. He competed against a field of some fifty contestants.
As a rider Michael has performed in many mounted displays at Equestrian and County shows including Honiton, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, The Royal Show Suffolk, Blair Atholl Castle Perth & Kinross, Frampton Park, and the Essex Horse Show – to name but a few.

Michael has designed, organized and participated in many mounted skill at arms team displays, having received yearly bookings to perform at annual Shows and special Veteran Day Shows. He has also provided commentary at several events and ridden in various public events including five Lord Mayor Shows in the City of London.

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