The skills of Russian horsemen will adorn the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II coronation. Horsemen from the Guard of Honour of the Presidential Regiment and the Kremlin Equestrian Riding School have been invited to take part in ceremonies at Windsor Castle devoted to the 60th anniversary of coronation of Elizabeth II.
The celebrations will start at Windsor in May. “The World Comes to Windsor” horse show will be a large-scale unique event. Over 1,000 horsemen from 17 countries have been invited to take part. Europe will be represented by teams from Russia, Italy and France.
The Russian team will present a new programme, says an official of the Kremlin Equestrian Riding School, Oleg Gladyshev.
“We prepared the “Traditions of Russia” programme especially for the celebrations that includes elements of Russian “Dzhigitovka” cavalry martial arts. We will present our program from the 10th to the 13th of May before the Queen and the Royal family,” Oleg Gladyshev said.
Some of the elements of equestrian riding are riding on a horse standing upright on its back, jumping onto the saddle when horse is running fast, swing swords in both hands simultaneously, falling from a horse and continuing with one leg in a stirrup. In the past, these elements were performed to frighten the enemy but at present, they are welcomed with applause. The external appearance of horses will also trigger admiration. It has been decided to send 12 horses of the Budyonny and Don breeds, says horseman-trainer Margarita Litvinova.
“I believe that these horses of local breeds, Budyonny and Don breeds should represent Russia. They are famous across the world as very beautiful, strong and graceful animals. Such animals are very rare in the world,” Margarita Litvinova said.
The Russian team will have to cover 2,500 kilometers by road and sea.