An exceptional horse that touched the masses through his multiple careers has died at the age of 42. Lord Nelson passed on April 12, 2015 at Gales Way Farm in New Jersey.
Lord Nelson is Rutgers University’s only equine professor emeritus. That isn’t surprising for such an accomplished equine. He is the only horse also to be penalized in a college football game. How does that happen? Lord Nelson’s career spanned 37-years and included carrying the school’s mascot during football games. In 1994, Lord Nelson was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after he broke free from his handlers and galloped down the Giants Stadium sideline. The penalty almost cost the team the game.
His career with the university began in 1978. He was purchased at five-years-old. The quarter horse was one of the first horses to make up the mounted patrol unit of Rutgers University’s Police Department. He served for 10-years before transitioning to a student-run mounted patrol unit. His illustrious career paired him with at least six police officers while he was on duty.
Karyn Malinowski, director of Rutgers Equine Science Center says Lord Nelson was “one of a kind.” She recalls one night working late and hearing a fast-paced gallop coming from the road. Looking out the window, she saw Lord Nelson, who remembered to “walk” on the sidewalk and not the street, going back to his stable. He was followed by a police officer, on foot, in hot pursuit. Lord Nelson made the executive decision to end their shift early.
The gelding retired in 2000, but nine years later he returned to work to help teach farmers and kids through two different educational programs. Lord Nelson most recently received the Horse Personality of the Year Award from the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board for his years of service.
A memorial research fund has been established in his name at Rutgers to help other horses live longer. If you would like to donate, please call 848-932-9419.