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Statue dedicated to heroic war horse
The larger-than-life statue weighs in at 1,000lb.

Korean War veterans to unveil statue of Sergeant Reckless

A statue of the heroic war horse Sergeant Reckless, who served in the Korean War, is set to be unveiled at Kentucky Horse Park.

The larger-than-life statue, which weighs in at 1,000lb, is the result of more than two years of fundraising by Marine Corps veterans and private citizens.

Sergeant Reckless became a national hero in 1953, after she made 51 trips to gun sites - mostly by herself - during the Battle of Outpost Vegas.

She carried more than 9,000lb on her back without stopping, despite being wounded twice. She also evacuated the wounded and dead from the battlefield, quickly earning the love and respect of the marines who served with her.

She has already been recognised with bronze statues at Camp Pendleton in California and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia. However, it was the vision of James E ‘Ted’ Bassett III, a Marine Corps combat veteran of World War II, that she be memorialised at the park.

Laura Prewitt, executive director of the park, said: “We are so honoured to be custodians of this beautiful monument and monumental legacy of a horse small in stature, but big in courage. Sgt. Reckless epitomises everything great about horses and our relationship with them.”
 
The statue will be unveiled on 12 May, by four Korean War veterans who served with Reckless. The special ceremony will feature a Marine Corps colour guard and speakers including Sgt Harold Wadley, who saw her in action during her most heroic battle.

Image © Kentucky Horse Park

 

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”