Horseman's Sunday

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The Revd Steve Mason and Brutus Green of St John's, Hyde Park preparing to bless the horses

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Attend the service at St John's Church on Sunday September 21 and you'll be treated to a surprising bit of ecclesiastical equestrianism: a cloaked member of the clergy on horseback before his congregation – who will also be atop their steeds. The annual event is now in its forty-seventh year, and remembers a 1967 protest that saw riders take to their horses to challenge the closure of the Hyde Park area's stables. The tradition has continued, and today the Reverend Stephen Mason leads a cavalcade of horses and riders in celebration of riding in the capital. The service (from 10am) is followed by a blessing of the horses (around noon), together with an alfresco fair with children's games, carriage rides, live music, a raffle and stalls.

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