Romulus                                  

17.2hh bay gelding born in 2001                              

Romulus

Romulus retired to The Horse Trust from Thames Valley Police due to intermittent lameness. He also has a severe dust allergy and can’t be kept in a stable.

As a police horse for Thames Valley, Romulus helped with crowd control at football matches and demonstrations.  He also provided security for public appearances of HM Queen within the Thames Valley police area, including Royal Ascot, State Visits and Troop movements at Royal Windsor.

He also in helped large rural areas when searching for vulnerable missing persons and on a daily basis provided a high profile visible presence across the Thames Valley, serving communities that are suffering crime trends such as robberies, burglaries and anti-social behaviour. On countless times Romulus has also provided mutual aid to other police forces who require the support of horses for their own large scale public order commitments.

An extremely brave and faithful police horse, Romulus has received two Chief Constables commendations for his willingness to work within dangerous and violent arenas. (May Day riots in Brighton 2009 and an extreme right wing demonstration ‘March for England’ 2012). On both occasions both horse and rider came under serious attack from extremists armed with weapons and throwing missiles.

Royal Windsor duties include the annual event of Royal Ascot, where Romulus provided security for HM The Queen and worked as an out-rider to her carriage escorting her along the length of the racecourse to see her safely to the royal box. Numerous State Visits including President of the USA, Emir of Kuwait, Emir of the United Arab Emirates and the Indian President. Following the Royal wedding of William and Kate, Romulus provided security detail as they visited Royal Windsor.

Romulus also provided security and high visible reassurance patrols throughout the 2012 London Olympic Games at the rowing events at Dorney Lake, Berkshire.

Read about our other retired police horses.