the real warhorse and
sir winston churchill
Aired June 21, 2019
Perhaps one of the best known figures in British racing and sport, a former professional jump jockey, and a television and radio journalist, Brough Scott is also the grandson of General “Galloper” Jack Seely, Lord Mottistone — the legendary Great War hero, Member of Parliament, and Sir Winston Churchill’s dear friend.
As well, Brough is a multi-published, award-winning author of biographies including “Churchill at the Gallop,” “Galloper Jack,” and “Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius.”
Unlike the Spielberg film and the book “War Horse,” a beloved story about a plow horse conscripted into the war, General Seely’s Warrior was a Thoroughbred gelding bred and ridden by the General for over 30 years, including most of the major battles on the Western Front. Both survived five years of bombs and bullets to lead one of the last cavalry charges in history at the Battle of Moreuil Wood, before returning home to England where they rode on together until 1938. English papers hailed Warrior as “the horse the Germans could not kill.”