Hero Horse No 15 – Janeiro V1 (AKA Rio)

Rio was an extraordinary horse as his rider and friend Sophie Christiansen CBE will testify. Here, the triple Paralympic Champion, double World Champion and triple European Champion gives her own moving tribute to her much loved horse. “What I loved most about him was his personality. He was so cheeky with everyone else but he […]

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These are challenging times for us all… the Coronavirus is affecting the way we live and work, and is claiming the health and lives of many tens of thousands of people – young and old. Charities are badly affected; income is down and yet their vital work carries on. Those caring for and supporting the […]

Hero Horse No 13 – Copenhagen

Copenhagen – the horse that won at Waterloo. The famous Duke of Wellington, had an equally celebrated horse, argues historian and retired headmaster Gary Kirkley, who has nominated Copenhagen as our Hero Horse number 13. Born in 1808, Copenhagen was a mixture of Arabian and Thoroughbred parentage. He was named in celebration of the British […]

Hero Horse No 12 – Gwen

Gwen – the Community Star. Horses that have seen the very worst of human behaviour can, with patience and kindness, learn to trust again and against all odds, form meaningful relationships once more. Gwen is one such horse, and she has been nominated by Mane Chance Sanctuary where she now lives and flourishes. Working relationships […]

Hero Horse No 11 – Dennis

DENNIS – the intuitive horse. Heroes, as we know, are often unassuming… they step in and save the day without fuss and glory, and make us realise their value and true worth. Our Hero Horse number 11 is Dennis, who has been nominated by Eleanor Stourton, Relationship Officer at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare,The Broyle, […]

Hero Horse No 10 – Sefton

SEFTON – a True Cavalry Horse. On August 29, 1984 Sefton, one of the most famous horses of the Household Cavalry Regiment, retired. This remarkable horse had gained fame for his miraculous survival from injuries sustained in a bomb blast in July 1982 that had killed four members of the Blues and Royals, as well […]

Hero Horse No 9 – Bess

Bess – the lucky horse. Over 10,000 horses went to the First World War from New Zealand, and Bess our Hero Horse number 9 was among them. She was one of only four to return home and came to symbolise the service and sacrifice that brave soldiers and their steeds gave to secure the freedom […]

Hero Horse No 8 – Bill The Bastard

Australia’s greatest war horse was Bill, but he was given the dubious title of Bill the Bastard because he was fierce and difficult to handle and refused to be beaten by anyone or anything into submission. He has been nominated by our wonderful Australian Ambassador Nigel Allsopp, President and Founder of AWAMO, the Australian War […]

Hero Horse No 7 – Songster

Mary Baird who has nominated him says where Songster – a handsome chestnut horse – came from no one appears to know. He was mobilised with other horses in Loughborough Market on August 4, 1914, and taken to France with The Prince Albert’s Own Yeomanry in November that year, with Trooper Bert Main in the […]

Hero Horse No 6 – Welbeck

What makes a hero horse is very personal to the people who nominate- some have taken their place in the history books for deeds carried out in war; some are, or have been, cherished by their owners and riders simply for the joy they bring . Wellbeck, nominated by Stephanie Callen has rightly earned his […]

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