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PDT artist starting Master’s degree

Artist Stephen Green is on the way to starting his Master’s degree thanks to the Police Dependents’ Trust who helped him after being seriously injured by a police horse. The PDT present Stephen's story in his own words.

Stephen says “Long before I joined the police, I knew that my two passions were art and horses. I was the kid in class that could paint, and during my first career as a jockey I would sell pictures to owners for extra money. After retiring from racing life, I joined Greater Manchester Police in 1992 and was the first-ever former jockey to join the police. My plan was to eventually become a Mounted Officer (MO). In the early days at training school I would often draw for other students in my spare time. It was my main hobby outside work, but I never thought at that stage that it would turn into any kind of career. I loved my life in the police and was a very proactive officer. I have always liked helping anybody and was never afraid to go into a challenging situation. That’s really what you need to be a successful MO as you are part of a unit and have to confidently lead your horse into often-volatile environments. It’s a very different type of riding to that of a jockey.

“I qualified as an MO about 18 months before my injury and covered searches for missing persons, sports events and protests. It was a busy period. However, in February 1999 that suddenly came to an end. We were going to patrol a particularly notorious area when I was kicked in the leg by my horse. When you think of nearly a ton of meat kicking you in the knee, you can imagine just how serious the injury was. I suffered a severely broken leg and was off sick for over a year. In that time, I saw different specialists and had several operations. Most crushing of all though, my time as an MO was over and I was ill-health retired – something that I really didn’t want.

“I first approached the Police Dependants’ Trust about nine years ago when they helped me towards a flat. Now, they are helping me with my Masters’ and I wouldn’t have been able to afford the fees otherwise. I want others to know that just because you may have lost your dream job, it doesn’t mean you can’t do something else you care about. There is help and support out there from people like yourselves, but you must take the first step. I still miss the police terribly. I miss the camaraderie, the lifestyle and the horses. But I’m now doing something else that I love and getting noticed for it”.

See video Fine Art student Steve Green 3rd year BA (Hons) Source: Police Dependents’ Trust