BUD the police horse did not let fame go to his head when he helped keep football fans safe at yesterday’s Stadium of Light derby clash.
Protected in his riot gear, Bud helped equine and human colleagues control crowds before and after Sunderland’s win against Newcastle.
The West Yorkshire police horse became a household name around the world when he was punched in the face by Newcastle supporter Barry Rogerson.
The 45-year-old, of Bedlington, Northumberland, was last week jailed for 12 months following the incident in April, after pleading guilty to violent disorder.
Sun FM jumped at the opportunity for an unusual charity collection in the wake of the Bud incident.
The radio station sent its very own pantomime horse to the Stadium of Light to collect donations for World Horse Welfare, as part of its tongue-in-cheek “Mackems don’t smack ’em!” campaign.
Black Cat fans also showed their support for the police horse and jested by pulling on horse head masks outside the stadium before and after the match.
Many also tracked Bud down as they wanted to show their respect for the work he and his team put in to help control the crowds.