The Revd Steve Mason and Brutus Green of St John's, Hyde Park preparing to bless the horses
Attend the service at St John's Church on Sunday September 18 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-ninth 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.