Rutgers' Lord Nelson, the only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game, has died | Bob's Blitz

Rutgers' Lord Nelson, the only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game, has died

Rutgers' Lord Nelson, the only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game, has died. Rutgers' only equine professor was also a member of the university's police department and the student-run mounted patrol. Kyle Hartmann expands:

World-renowned equine personality, professor and former mounted patrol horse, Lord Nelson, passed away on April 12 at Gales Way Farm in Wrightstown, New Jersey. Lord Nelson, who will be remembered as Rutgers University’s only equine professor emeritus, lived a distinguished life, full of adventure, up until the ripe age of 42 (the human equivalent of 126 years).

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Lord Nelson will also be remembered as the first, and only, horse to ever receive an official football penalty in a NCAA football game. In addition to his time with the student mounted patrol, Nelson also served as the horse that was ridden by the Scarlet Knight at Rutgers football games. During a close game against Army in 1994, Nelson broke onto the field and raced all the way down the sideline to the opposite end of Giants Stadium. Receiving a yellow flag for his “un-sportsHORSE-man like conduct,” he almost cost Rutgers the game.

A memorial research fund has been set up in his name to further “old horse” research at Rutgers. The Lord Nelson Older Horse Research Fund will further the research that kept him going for 42 years. Questions about how to donate can be emailed to esc@aesop.rutgers.edu or inquiries can be made by phone at 848-932-9419.

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