the Terror of Cold Steel
11 April 2006, 02h45 EDST (GMT-4)
For the past year, I have been indulging what
must be one of modern life's most improbable passions: serving as
a cavalier, in the Governor General's Horse Guards, Canada's Household
Cavalry regiment. Sporting red-plumed helmets, waving sword and
lance, and galloping hell for leather on oft-perplexed mounts, Horse
Guards cavaliers are proof that chivalry is not dead, merely senile.
Founded in 1810, the regiment's battle honours
tell the tale of Canadian nationhood itself: from the War of 1812;
through the Fenian Raids; over Vimy Ridge; across the Gothic Line;
to an ongoing presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Though armoured vehicles
have long displaced our horses for combat, we have preserved an
equestrian squadron for occasions of state.
With spring upon us, the season of public ceremony
will begin in earnest. Accordingly, I have
created a new page at my web site, which details our upcoming engagements
and videocasts our recent rides.
Do drop by if the Horse Guards visit your community,
or download the images from my cavalry page if we ride further afield
from you. If nothing else, one never knows when one of us might
inadvertently impale himself on a lance.