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Churchill at the Gallop

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“Please let me go on with my riding… I enjoy it more than anything else” Winston S Churchill

It is an often-forgotten fact that horses played an important part in Winston Churchill’s life. They were his escape in childhood, his challenge in youth, his transport in war, his triumph in sport and his diversion in old age.

Renowned author, broadcaster and former jockey, Brough Scott, follows in Churchill’s hoofprints from galloping his pony in Blenheim Park, to topping the riding class whilst army training at Sandhurst, taking part in a famous cavalry charge in Sudan, playing polo in India, hunting foxes in Leicestershire and breeding racehorses near his home in Kent, after a minor interlude out of the saddle to tend to the historic task of winning the Second World War.

“A new and really valuable historical perspective on what it must have felt like to ride with Churchill, how difficult it was, and how it shaped him both physically and mentally.” Allen Packwood, Director, Churchill Archives Centre

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