South Yorkshire police show off riding skills in front of Queen

PC Julie Bradshaw, DC Debbie Renwick, PC Paul Brown and PC Tracey Brown receive their medals from deputy chief constable Bob Dyson.
PC Julie Bradshaw, DC Debbie Renwick, PC Paul Brown and PC Tracey Brown receive their medals from deputy chief constable Bob Dyson.

MOUNTED police officers from South Yorkshire wore their medals with pride when they competed in front of the Queen.

Four officers from the force took part in the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle and attended the Royal Diamond Jubilee Pageant to mark The Queen’s jubilee.

PCs Paul Brown, Julie Bradshaw and Tracey Brown from the force’s mounted department and Detective Constable Debbie Renwick represented South Yorkshire in various events.

They competed against members of the Queen’s military, members of other police saddle clubs and civilian riders.

The foursome competed in the traditional disciplines of tentpegging and skill at arms, as well as show jumping.

Each competed on their own horse, in their own time and at their own expense.

PC Paul Brown came second in the individual tentpegging event and also finished seventh in skill at arms using a sword, lance and revolver. PCs Julie Bradshaw and Tracey Brown and DC Debbie Renwick competed against 41 other police and military teams in the show jumping and finished eighth team, taking part in a jump-off event in front of the Queen.

All four were presented with their Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals prior to the event by Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson, which they wore when competing.

PC Paul Brown said the team were proud to represent their force.

He said: “Despite the pressure of the competition, the team put extra effort into the turnout of the horses and the kit before parading.

“We were all immensely proud to represent the force, especially when we all walked past the Royal box and saluted the Queen as our names were read out under the South Yorkshire Police announcement.”