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OverviewEdit

Sefton (1963–1993) was a British Army horse who served for 17 years from 1967 to 1984, coming to prominence when he was critically injured in the Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings, which combined killed seven other horses, and eleven people. He recovered sufficiently to return to active service and was subsequently awarded "Horse of the Year". Sefton became one of the first horses to be placed in the British Horse Society's equestrian Hall of Fame, and with an annual award named after him.

Early lifeEdit

Sefton was born in July 1963 in County Waterford, Ireland, as a cross between an Irish Draught mare and a local Thoroughbred stallion (thought to have been called Honour's Choice).

IRA bombingEdit

On 20 July 1982 at 10.40am Sefton was en route to the traditional Changing of the Guard, with 15 other horses from his regiment. A car-mounted nail bomb planted by the IRA detonated on South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park, hitting the formation of horses and riders from the Blues and Royals.

Propaganda valueEdit

It became a public cause célèbre and as a conservative party/UK tabloid media lead andti-IRA propaganda 'orgasum' swilled around the horse for about a year or so.

RecoveryEdit

Sefton returned to his duties with his regiment, and he often passed the exact spot where he had received such horrific injuries. That year he was awarded Horse of the Year, and with Pederson back in the saddle took centre stage at the Horse of the Year Show, to a standing ovation.

On 29 August 1984 Sefton retired from the Household Cavalry, and moved to the Home of Rest For Horses at Speen, Buckinghamshire where he lived to the age of 30 before having to be put down on 9 July, 1993, due to incurable lameness as a complication of the injuries suffered during the bombing.  

CommemorationEdit

Following his experience, Sefton became one of the first horses to be placed in the British Horse Society's equestrian Hall of Fame, and with an annual award named after him.

In 2013, a statue of Sefton was unveiled at the Royal Veterinary College in honour of the retired Professor Peter Lees and funded by Lord Ballyedmond.

Also seeEdit

  1. Horses

SourcesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sefton_(horse)
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  6. https://www.horseshowcentral.com/articles/history/sefton_war_horse
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  10. http://www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity.aspx
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