Hundreds of visitors got to step behind the scenes at the Defence Animal Training Regiment’s open day last Saturday (20 July).
Spectators at the main arena witnessed an array of military demonstrations, starting with a parade of military working horses.
The Canine Training Squadron, responsible for training all Military Working Dogs for Defence, treated dog lovers to demonstrations in obedience and search showcasing the dogs’ impressive capabilities.
Away from the arena was the opportunity to learn about the work of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps with a guided tour of the extensive veterinary facility, including the equine operating theatre and canine treatment room. Visitors could see the wide range of veterinary equipment used to keep all animals at the Defence Animal Training Regiment in the best of health.
Ceremonial and pack transport equipment worn and carried by the horses was also on display and people were able to see the horses in their stables and the Farriers at work.
Other entertainment included music provided by the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums, and a children’s area with climbing wall.
The Second-In-Command of the Defence Animal Training Regiment, Major Drew Tootal said, “On behalf of everyone at the Defence Animal Training Regiment I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made the time to come and see us. It was great to welcome so many people through our gates.
“Animals have played a part in military activity for centuries and still play a major role today. All of the Army’s military animals from the horses of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment to the Military Working Dogs, are highly trained and extremely well cared for by their handlers and their military lives begin right here in Melton Mowbray. We hope the day has given a small insight into what goes on here.”