Baxterbear rides out with Union Jack!

ABF Logo all British Military Tournament (formerly The Royal Tournament) 8 – 9 December 2012 A spectular tournament, this year telling the story of the life of Her Majesty The Queen, there were too many horses to count, this year Baxterbear rode on one very special one, being a positive bear he hopes to ride on more again next year. The British Military Tournament supports three charities – Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Baxterbear was TREEKLED to be with The Coldstream Guards Band loving the Ceremonial and Pageantry. Baxterbear was sure at one of the performances he saw his distinguished special friend in the audience, Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter. Memories of great excitement in 2011 when he rode out behind Evelyn lead by the different charities in a line one after another into the arena with Baxterbear at the end. What would he do without the great riding lessons given to me. This year, not just standing on two horses Baxterbear was practising his stunt riding on a Quad bike – very impressive! The last time he was on a quad was when he was deployed to 2010 to Afghanistan with the Padre of 2SCOTS (Royal Highland Fusiliers) for six months flying back in for the BMT then returning to be met by Prince Andrew. Baxterbear was TREEKLED to meet and catch up with old and new friends. Baxterbear met Fred from South Africa, who has just become a Chelsea Pensioner, and his brother in-law Roy Atherton, an old friend of Baxterbear. DSC_3914 DSC_4459 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to be the VIP Guests this year unfortunately they were unable to attend, being the most positive bear in the world Baxterbear knows the right time will come when he meets them! He wishes to offer congratulations to both of them on their wonderful news. Still TREEKLED from last year 2011 performing in front of Her Majesty The Queen was indeed an honour. The highlight this year has to be for Baxterbear in the year of Queen’s Jubilee at The British Military Tournament was riding through the Arena carrying the Union Jack Flag, what a tremendous honour and Tournament. DJH_4129 photo Fred Brooks, retired ex.The Royal Dragoons