Festival talks by Brough Scott

98. LIFE IN THE SADDLE: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND HIS HORSES

“No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.” – Winston Churchill

Everyone thinks they know about Winston Churchill but few realise that horses were a central part of his life from the very beginning. Brough Scott will take the family on a thrilling ride around the equestrian involvement of the man voted ‘The Greatest Briton’. We follow Churchill from galloping his pony in Blenheim Park, to topping the riding class whilst army training at Sandhurst, leading a famous cavalry charge in Sudan, hunting foxes in Leicestershire, jackal in Cape Town and wild boar in France with Charlie Chaplin. As a young officer, he won races in India and scored a hat trick in the Polo Cup Final, and at the other end of his life he turned his hand to become a top racehorse breeder.

No one is better equipped to tell this amazing story than Brough Scott, a professional jockey in an earlier life, an award-winning writer and broadcaster in a second, and a grandson of Winston Churchill’s great friend, Jack Seely.

This will be the first time the story has been publicly told ahead of the publication of Brough’s book about Churchill and horses which comes out in the autumn.

AGE 7 TO ADULT

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