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IRA bomb hero horse is cast in bronze

By Tom Pugh

A life-size statue will be unveiled next year of a horse that became a symbol of the struggle against the IRA after it survived the 1982 Hyde Park bombing.

The bronze of Sefton, the horse that survived the blast which killed four soldiers and seven stablemates, was commissioned by the Royal Veterinary College.

A second blast two hours later in Regent's Park killed another seven soldiers.

The Hertfordshire college's artist in residence, Camilla Le May, sculpted the black gelding two years ago and has spent six months creating the three-quarters-of-a-ton sculpture, which shows him walking briskly.

After joining the Army, Sefton became a riding school horse before joining the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Following the bombing, and 34 separate wounds that required eight hours of surgery, Sefton recovered and was able to return to service where he became famous for battling against the odds.

The animal, which served with the British Army for 17 years from 1967 to 1984, went on to win the Horse of the Year.

He finally retired from the Household Cavalry in August 1984 and was moved to a sanctuary in Buckinghamshire. Sefton was put down at the age of 30 in July 1993 due to lameness — a complication of the injuries he suffered during the bombing.

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