“Please let me go on with my riding… I enjoy it more than anything else” - Winston S Churchill
It is an often-forgotten fact that horses played an important part in Winston Churchill’s life. They were his escape in childhood, his challenge in youth, his transport in war, his triumph in sport and his diversion in old age.
Renowned author, broadcaster and former jockey, Brough Scott, follows in Churchill’s hoofprints from galloping his pony in Blenheim Park, to topping the riding class whilst army training at Sandhurst, taking part in a famous cavalry charge in Sudan, playing polo in India, hunting foxes in Leicestershire and breeding racehorses near his home in Kent, after a minor interlude out of the saddle to tend to the historic task of winning the Second World War.
"Scott's book, blessed with richly evocative photographs, wraps Churchill's equestrian pursuits neatly into the context of his times... Scott gives us a true horseman's view. His asides and personal examples are as enlightening as his narrative is vivid." Literary Review, Robin Oakley
"I strongly recommend Brough Scott’s new book Churchill at the Gallop." The Spectator, Charles Moore
"Churchill at the Gallop is a wonderful addition to the Churchill canon and will be prized by Churchillians. It will also be greatly valued by equestrians and those with a genuine affection for the horse."
The Churchill Bulletin, Journal of the International Churchill Society
"A new and really valuable historical perspective on what it must have felt like to ride with Churchill, how difficult it was, and how it shaped him both physically and mentally."
Allen Packwood, Director, Churchill Archives Centre
Hardback, 246 x 189 mm, 240 pages