Army mascots gather at Melton for first ever training camp

Farrier Major Holland 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards preparing regimental mascot Emrys Forlan Jones for a parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120128001
Farrier Major Holland 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards preparing regimental mascot Emrys Forlan Jones for a parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120128001
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History was made at Melton’s vet camp when eight regimental mascots and their handlers arrived to take part in the first ever training camp for the iconic military animals.

The aim of the event at the Defence Animal Training Regiment was to promote the well-being and care of mascots and for the handlers to get expert advice on their care.

Some of the Army's regimental mascots and their handlers at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120117001

Some of the Army's regimental mascots and their handlers at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120117001

Animal training and veterinary specialists of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Household Cavalry and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery were on hand to give guidance over the 10 days of the camp.

Alamein, the majestic drum horse of The Queen’s Royal Hussars, joined the Welsh mountain pony mascot of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon’s Guards (QDG) and six fellow official British Army mascots at the exercise.

Farrier Maj Mark Holland who handles the QDG’s mascot, said: “It has not only reinforced the knowledge we already have, but we’ve also learned some new things.”

Army equitation instructor, Corp Maj Daniel Powell, who helped organise the training, said: “Some handlers have been looking after their regimental mascots for years and others for just a few months, so passing on knowledge and experience was valuable.”

Wolfhound Major Moore, Royal Irish Regiment preparing regimental mascot Brian Boru X for a parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120139001

Wolfhound Major Moore, Royal Irish Regiment preparing regimental mascot Brian Boru X for a parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120139001

The final event was a parade inspected by Lt Col Paddy Williams MC, commanding officer of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the presentation of awards.

Lance Corp Cruachan IV, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was champion mascot.

Mascots are now back with their regiments to continue with ceremonial duties.

Students from the Regimental Mascot Training Camp on parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120044001

Students from the Regimental Mascot Training Camp on parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120044001

Sgt Jackson 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh parading regimental mascot Shenkin IV at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120055001

Sgt Jackson 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh parading regimental mascot Shenkin IV at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120055001

Drummer Murray 1st Battalion Irish Guards preparing regimental mascot Domhnall for a parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120149001

Drummer Murray 1st Battalion Irish Guards preparing regimental mascot Domhnall for a parade at a Regimental Mascot Training Camp at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray. EMN-180810-120149001