New classroom for college equine department

THE equine department at Brinsbury Campus, Chichester College, has proudly opened its new classrooms at the site near Pulborough.

The classrooms are the result of generous investment in facilities at Brinsbury during the summer period.

The equine classrooms have been appropriately named after three famous police horses that served in WWII and were awarded PDSA Dickin medals on April 11 1947- Olga, Regal and Upstart.

PC Phil Cole of the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police opened the classrooms and provided a historical insight into the brave horses and their work, along with pictures of their medals.

He said Olga was on duty when a flying bomb demolished four houses in Tooting and a plate-glass window crashed immediately in front of her.

Olga, after bolting for 100 yards, returned to the scene of the incident and remained on duty with her rider, controlling traffic and assisting rescue organisations.

Regal was twice in burning stables caused by explosive incendiaries at Muswell Hill. Although receiving minor injuries, being covered by debris and close to the flames, this horse showed no signs of panic.

While on patrol duty in Bethnal Green a flying bomb exploded within 75 yards of Upstart, showering both horse and rider with broken glass and debris.

Upstart was completely unperturbed and remained quietly on duty with his rider controlling traffic until the incident had been dealt with.

A demonstration from the Fire Service followed. Brinsbury has worked with the fire service to train them with horses and also run sessions to help them gain confidence working with and leading horses as part of the animal rescue unit.