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British Royal Cavalry 
Set to Impress Visitors.

Summary: ABU DHABI Abu Dhabi (ä`b thä`bē, zä–, dä–), Arab. Abu Zabi, sheikhdom (1995 pop. 928,360), c.  -- With their impeccable uniforms, perfect postures, sense of humour Noun 1. sense of humour - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humor, humor, humour
 and friendliness, the British Royal soldiers cannot fail to impress and they are here to do just that: impress the visitors of Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX ADIHEX Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition ) with their ceremonial shows.

The 36 soldiers of the Musical Ride, who are performing for the first time outside Europe, are selected every year from the British Royal Household Cavalry The term Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions, a country’s most elite or historically senior military groupings or those military groupings that provide functions associated directly with the Head of state. , which consists of the Life Guards There are several military regiments called the Life Guards:
  • The Life Guards of the British Army.
  • The Life Guards of the Swedish Army.
  • The Leib Guards of the Imperial Russian Army.
 and the Blues and Royals The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry.

The regiment was formed in 1969 from the merger of The Royal Horse Guards, which was known as "The Blues" or "The Oxford Blues", and The
, the oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army. General Lord Charles Guthrie accompanies the Household Cavalry Musical Ride here as Colonel of the Life Guards. "I bring goodwill messages to all friends in the UAE (Uninterruptible Application Error) The name given to a crash in Windows 3.0. In subsequent versions of Windows, a crash was called a "General Protection Fault," "Application Error" or "Illegal Operation." See crash in Windows and abend.  from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Colonel-in-Chief of both regiments and from HRH HRH
Her (or His) Royal Highness

HRH Her (or His) Royal Highness

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 Princess Ann, the Princess Royal, who is Colonel of the Blues and Royals," said Lord Guthrie.

As for the Musical Ride itself, this is not just another military parade. Its history dates back to 1882, when it first performed in public and, to this day, it performs in state and royal ceremonial duties. "Their shows take a traditional form and, of course, it needs a choreographer and a riding master," explained Lord Guthrie, adding that the soldiers on the Ride wear exactly the same uniforms as those worn by the Household Cavalry on parade, but lances take the place of swords. "The 28 horses used by the Musical Ride have to be large and have to be black," said Lord Guthrie.

And all 28 of them took the seven-hour flight from London to Abu Dhabi. Captain Laura Holmes, the veterinary of the Ride, also came along, to make sure of their well-being.

Taking care of the soldiers' performance, introducing it to the stadium and leading it on a horse is Captain Edward Howland Jackson. He joined the Musical Ride this year, as the ride officer, just like the soldiers, are picked every year, or sometimes every two years.

"Before I was stationed in Afghanistan for six months, on armour tanks. It was very cold. Of course, these two experiences are very different. The discipline was harder mentally in Afghanistan, but harder physically with the Musical Ride," said Captain Jackson.

The shows, which might include elements inspired by UAE traditions and which last 25 minutes, will take place daily from today to October 3., at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, from 8 pm. -

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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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