Sir Winston Churchill - No time wasted in the saddle

Who was Winston Churchill? Sir Winston Churchill, is known for being a charismatic prime minister of The United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945and again from 1951 to 1955.

His inspiring speeches and refusal to give up successfully lead The United Kingdom through world war 2. Mr Churchill was also an avid horse lover, he grew up riding horses and did it both for leisure, sports (polo) and in battle. He also bred thoroughbreds for racing. The story of Churchill's life and his love for horses were made into a book by Brought Scott in 2018 - 'Churchill at the Gallop: Winston's Life in the Saddle'. Thanks to Churchill - 62,000 horses were saved from starvation and brought back to England from Europa following world war 1.

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Photo: Horse & Hound

What was the name of Winston's horse?

Did Winston Churchill have horses? Indeed he did - he bred thoroughbred horses for racing and owned many horses during his lifetime. His most famous horse is the french bred thoroughbred Colonist II. The stallion won 13 out of 24 races and was a national favorite. Despite Mr Churchill's busy schedule, he always tried to attend Colonist II's races.

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Photo: NJ Horse 

Famous Winston Churchill Quotes

1) "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle" - Sir Winston Churchill

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This horse quote is popular amongst horse lovers. The wise words were allegedly written by Winston S. Churchill. The quote is a summary of his famous paragraph in his autobiography 'My Early Life' released in 1930. The paragraph reads:

“Don’t give your son money; as far as you can afford it, give him horses. No one ever came to grief through riding horses. No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. Young men have often been ruined through owning horses or through backing horses, but never through riding horses. Unless, of course, they break their necks. Which, taken at a gallop, is a very good death to die.” 

Winston preferred to spend his little spare time on the back of a horse, great things happen to a man when a horse gallops.

 

2) “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” - Sir Winston Churchill

sir winston churchill there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man

These short words were another quote by Churchill which shows his passion for horses. He was a great rider and horseman and called horses a "man’s best friend". He found great joy in spending time with these beautiful animals and he fulfilled his childhood dream or breeding race horses.

 

3) Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses. - Sir Winston Churchill (A roving commission: my early life (ed. 1930)

Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses. - Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill encouraged parents to give their child a horse as he thought it gives young people confidence, make you good rider and take you to wonderful places which in the seat of an automobile never could.

 

4) Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. - Sir Winston Churchill

Another quote that shows Winston's love for this beautiful animal.

 

5) When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. - Sir Winston Churchill

When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. - Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill thought that the best way to find essential joy in life and heal a broken heart was on 'the back of my horse'. Through the second world war, Churchill rode and lead the British empire to victory.

 

6) It is arguable whether the human race have been gainers by the march of science beyond the steam engine. Electricity opens a field of infinite conveniences to ever greater numbers, but they may well have to pay dearly for them. But anyhow in my thought I stop short of the internal combustion engine which has made the world so much smaller. Still more must we fear the consequences of entrusting a human race so little different from their predecessors of the so-called barbarous ages such awful agencies as the atomic bomb. Give me the horse. - Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill valued the little thing in life and regularly talked about the field of human conflict and the war.

 

Winston Churchill Age of Death

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Winston lived from from 1874 to 1965. He was 90 years old when he died which was very old for that time. He suffered a heart attack on the 24th of January 1965. Churchill has become an important person in the history of mankind. He is remembered as an inspiring leader that lead Britain to victory in WW2. The greatest lesson we can learn from him is the refusal to give in even through the dark days of mourning. It is of the public opinion that Churchill was the best prime minister of our time.