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100 years on – Remembering the horses of World War I

Remembrance Sunday brought us a fantastic video of all the beloved war horses that fought in World War I.

Two British racecourses including Ffos Las and Sandown Park displayed the video on Sunday 11th November to commemorate the horses and cavalry who lost their lives.

The video was called “100 years on – Remembering the horses of World War I” and it was produced by Great British Racing. It features fantastic historic equine images from throughout World War I.  

Tom Scudamore is a national hunt jockey who said he was thinking all of the animals and men who fought in the war, including his great-grandfather Geoffrey Scudamore, who was a radio operator in the RAF during the Second World War.

“It’s phenomenal that during those wars, men and women were willing to sacrifice their lives for the greater good. Some paid the ultimate price, for us to live our day-to-day lives, and it’s only right that we pay our respects this Sunday, 100 years on from World War I.”

His grandfather was a successful amateur rider before the war started.

Geoffrey’s plane was shot down in the war and he was made to spend two years in a prisoner of war camp. His family were unaware of his whereabouts during this time.

Michael Scudamore, the late jockey, was Tom’s grandfather who shared with him the story and spoke of the tremendous courage of the young men.

Tom also added: “I feel enormous respect for those horses. You can only have the strongest admiration for the people and animals that were in active service. That’s why race days like Sandown and Ffos Las on Sunday are important.”

Watch the video here: 100 years on – Remembering the horses of World War I