A BARNSLEY police horse has been named ‘Animal of The Year’ at the latest force awards.
PH Finningley, also known around Cudworth’s Ring Farm as Foggy, picked up the accolade.
He represented South Yorkshire Police at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last year.
Reflecting on Foggy’s attendance in London, PC Rachel Hodgkinson said: “I will never forget the atmosphere over those few days leading up to the day of the funeral.
“On the day, I was riding at the back of the procession up the Long Walk at Windsor.
“There were cannons firing, thousands of people lining the walk, as well as soldiers all the way up, raising and lowering their weapons as we walked past.
“I think I held my breath the whole way up just willing Foggy to hold it together, which he did impeccably.
“It was the experience of a lifetime, and one I am honoured to have taken part in, especially alongside Foggy.
“It was the ultimate highlight of my amazing and loved career.”
Upon picking up the award, Rachel added: “Foggy really is a true gentleman.
“He’s Mr Reliable, who you can put your trust into and know that whatever situation you are facing, he knows what to do.
“He’s a regular sidekick for the new horses and shows them how it’s done.
“All the horses in the mounted department are unsung heroes, but Foggy is a clear winner in my eyes.”
As well as a trophy, Foggy received a huge bag of carrot-flavoured treats.