Horsemans Sunday. Horsemans Sunday, London.  The vicar of St John's Church Hyde Park, appears before his congregation on a horse in the well established St John's tradition known as Horseman's Sunday. The Reverend Stephen Mason traditionally leads a cavalcade of over 100 horses and riders to the church in order to celebrate horse riding in the heart of London. The horses gather on the forecourt of the church for a blessing, followed by a ride-past and a presentation of rosettes. The annual Horseman's Sunday celebrations began nearly 40 years ago in 1968 to highlight the need to maintain stables along the north of Hyde Park; at that time the stables were threatened with closure. What began as a public and political action has become a unique local institution attracting local residents, tourists and horse lovers. As the Revd Mason says, "This occasion is one of the most colourful events in the Hyde Park calendar. After all, how often do you get to see a cloaked member of the clergy on horseback these days? The Reverend Stephen Mason of St Johns Hyde Park and The Reverend Christopher Burke the Rector of Stepeny at the end of the service with girls from a local stable
Horsemans Sunday, St John's Church Hyde Park, London Uk photo image photograph
Horsemans Sunday. Horsemans Sunday, London. The vicar of St John's Church Hyde Park, appears before his congregation on a horse in the well established St John's tradition known as Horseman's Sunday. The Reverend Stephen Mason traditionally leads a cavalcade of over 100 horses and riders to the church in order to celebrate horse riding in the heart of London. The horses gather on the forecourt of the church for a blessing, followed by a ride-past and a presentation of rosettes. The annual Horseman's Sunday celebrations began nearly 40 years ago in 1968 to highlight the need to maintain stables along the north of Hyde Park; at that time the stables were threatened with closure. What began as a public and political action has become a unique local institution attracting local residents, tourists and horse lovers. As the Revd Mason says, "This occasion is one of the most colourful events in the Hyde Park calendar. After all, how often do you get to see a cloaked member of the clergy on horseback these days? The Reverend Stephen Mason of St Johns Hyde Park and The Reverend Christopher Burke the Rector of Stepeny at the end of the service with girls from a local stable

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Source: HOMER SYKES
Date: 17 Sep 2006
Location: London UK
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