Police Horse Monty retires to Horseworld

Monty arriving at HorseWorldMonty, a handsome 17 year old bay shire cross gelding, arrived at HorseWorld yesterday [Wednesday 3rd November] accompanied by his rider PC Gary Young and his groom Natalie Simmons who, though very sad to say goodbye to one of the forces most reliable horses, were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £600 to HorseWorld to help with their vital work.

Monty, named in honour of the forces late farrier Monty Balls, has done the force proud over the past 11 years during which time he has patrolled the streets of Avon and Somerset fighting crime, taken part in the Lord Mayors parade in London, policed the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and regularly kept the revellers safe at the Glastonbury Festival.Monty handing over a cheque for £600 to HorseWorld

“Despite now focusing most of our resources on Welfare cases HorseWorld was originally set up in 1952 to take in retired working horses so we are delighted to be able to accept a hard working Police Horse like Monty who has faithfully given service to the public for many many years” says Jerry Watkins, HorseWorld’s Welfare Manager. “Monty will undoubtedly be a strong draw to our Visitor Centre and also act as a great mentor to younger horses who are learning safety out on the roads when we use him as a road-escort saddle horse”.

Monty is such a character and will be sorely missed by his Police Colleagues who were really pleased to hear that Monty would be staying close by at HorseWorld; “There’s no doubt, I will miss Monty, but at least he’s only retiring just up the road, so I’ll be visiting him regularly” admits PC Gary Young.

If you would also like to visit Monty he is expected to be at the HorseWorld Visitor Centre most weekends over the winter and would love to meet lots of new friends.

Posted on: 3rd November 2010