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Welcome, Oliver!

We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to Oliver, fondly known as ‘Oli Bobs’, newly retired Metropolitan Police Horse. Oliver was retired to The Horse Trust at our annual fundraising event, Horses, Hounds, and Heroes, as part of our arena display finale. It’s safe to say that he received a send off proportionate to his illustrious and commendable career.

Oliver’s tenure with the Met Police has been nothing short of remarkable. As a natural leader, he has been an integral part of numerous high-profile and prestigious events. He has been a guiding force for novice riders, providing them with the confidence and skills needed to excel. Senior officers have frequently relied on Oliver for his steadfastness and reliability, especially during public order and ceremonial events. His bravery is unparalleled, as he has fearlessly protected crowds during various football matches, rugby tournaments, music concerts, protests, and marches across Greater London.

Oliver’s dedication extends to royal ceremonial events, gun salutes, royal carriage escorts, army and cavalry escorts, and even funeral processions for notable figures such as the late Queen Elizabeth II and Baroness Thatcher. His participation in the Commonwealth Games procession and the Notting Hill Carnival further highlights his versatile and distinguished service. Ridden by esteemed figures such as ex-Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and senior officers during the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2023, Oliver’s presence has been a mark of honor and excellence.

Oliver is truly a horse full of character. His loving nature towards people and his fondness for affection make him a beloved companion. Known for his keen interest in people and exceptional ability to search for food and treats, Oliver’s personality shines brightly. His bravery is complemented by his calm demeanor, as he remains unbothered in the face of potential challenges. While he sometimes doesn’t know his own size, he remained polite and very well-mannered, making him a delight to work around.

Beyond his duties in law enforcement and ceremonial roles, Oliver has also played a significant part in community engagement. He has entertained crowds at youth centres, school visits, community fairs, engagement events, public order open days, and recruitment events. His presence has brought joy and a sense of security to many, whether patrolling crime hotspots in central London or engaging with tourists and the public.

Kissing Spine syndrome meant that Oliver was no longer able to be ridden and perform his police horse duties. Because of this, the Met’s Mounted Branch decided that it was time to hang up Oliver’s saddle at the grand age of 18, after a career to be truly proud of.

Jeanette Allen, CEO at The Horse Trust, says;

It was such a privilege to formally retire Oliver at our annual Horses, Hounds and Heroes Open Day” to see him led in, looking stunning, escorted by the newest generation of Metropolitan Police Horses was truly moving. Having his saddle removed for the final time, in front of the crowd, was a very special and highly emotional moment for the Met Mounted Section and for all of us looking on. He has immense presence, and we are thrilled to now going this very special boy to our herd here. Happy retirement Oliver, Ed are thrilled to have you.

As Oliver transitions into retirement, we celebrate his extensive contributions and the indelible mark he has left on the Metropolitan Police and the community. His bravery, leadership, and affectionate nature have made him an extraordinary horse. We are overjoyed to welcome Oliver into a restful and relaxing retirement, full of the love he so richly deserves.

Without amazing supporters like you, we wouldn’t be able to give horses like Oliver their well-deserved retirement. Consider supporting us today so we can continue to support and care for all the horses, ponies and donkeys in our care and those that are to come.


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