Surrey horse facts
PUBLISHED: 17:11 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:39 20 February 2013
With beautiful countryside providing plenty of enviable hacking - as well as great racecourses, polo venues and equestrian centres - horse riding is incredibly popular in Surrey. Here are some Surrey horse facts you may not know...
With beautiful countryside providing plenty of enviable hacking - as well as great racecourses, polo venues and equestrian centres horse riding is incredibly popular in Surrey. Here are some Surrey horse facts you may not know...
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- One of Britains leading equestrian champions, Pippa Funnell, lives in Forest Green, near Dorking, with her international showjumping husband, William Funnell.
- There are said to be over 25,000 equines in Surrey. Thats about one horse for every 45 people in our county.
- Imber Court near Esher, is where the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police Service trains its horses and riders for patrol on the streets of London, policing everything from football matches to ceremonial occasions.
- The Queen first attended the Epsom Derby in 1953, only days after she was crowned Queen. She has also won the Oaks, the classic race for fillies on the first day of the Derby meeting, three times and has had five runners in the Derby itself although never won it.
- The notebook in which Sergeant Frank Bunn wrote his eyewitness account of the death of the suffragette Emily Davison at the 1913 Epsom Derby can be found at Bourne Hall Museum in Ewell.
- There are four racecourses in Surrey: Sandown Park in Esher, Lingfield Park in Lingfield, Epsom Downs inEpsomand Kempton Park in Sunbury-on-Thames.
- Some of War Horse was filmed in Bourne Woods, near Tilford, which provides a dramatic backdrop for scenes of trenches, cavalry charges and our equine hero Joey, galloping frantically and poignantly alone through the battlefield.
- The UKs best-selling equestrian magazine, Horse&Rider, is based in Grayshott they also happen to be monthly Surrey Life columnists.
- The leading polo clubs in Surrey are Guards Polo Club in Egham, Ham Polo Club in Richmond and Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Ewhurst.
- World-class equestrian sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green is based in Bramley and only ever sculpts horses heads. You can also see some of his sculptures in the open air at the likes of Goodwood and Royal Ascot, and at Marble Arch in London.
- The Fox Revived at Norwood Hill, near Horleyis one example of an equestrian friendlySurrey pub: it has its own horse parking!