Thirty years ago today, on 20 July 1982 at 10.40am, an IRA nail bomb exploded in London’s Hyde Park killing four soldiers and seven horses.
Sefton, a Household Cavalry horse en route to the Changing of the Guard ceremony, was wounded in the attack. Despite horrific injuries he survived and became a symbol of the indomitable spirit and courage of the regiment.
Treated at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), Sefton attracted significant attention from the general public, who were touched by the horse’s heroism. Donations poured in and were used by the RVC to build the Sefton Equine Hospital.
In 2010 the RVC commissioned a new life-size statue of Sefton. The sculpture commemorates the extraordinary service given by animals in our nation’s armed forces. It also celebrates the RVC’s long history of educating veterinary surgeons who care for military animals.
Sculptor and artist Camilla Le May was asked to create this impressive bronze statue. She has documented the two-year intensive process on her blog. Her creation is set to be unveiled in spring 2013.