War Horse Memorial Team


 <strong>Alan Carr MBE</strong>

Alan Carr MBE

Co-Founder and Chief Executive

After 20 years running his own property business in Ascot High Street, Alan is now content to devote the rest of his life to the charity world. He was the Founder Director of the Ascot Charitable Trust, and worked

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with over 40 charities during his seven- year term as Chairman, which included hosting an event at Kensington Palace with Princess Michael of Kent. He also hosted a fundraising dinner on board The Royal Yacht Britannia for the Haig Housing Trust campaign, Coming Home. Alan is a principle member of ‘Team Sophie’ who bought Rio, the horse on which Sophie Christiansen OBE won her three Gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics. He was also a Trustee for Buckinghamshire Riding School for the Disabled. In 2008 Alan was awarded an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and in 2010 received an MBE for his ‘charitable services’.

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 <strong>Susan Osborne MSc FRSA</strong>

Susan Osborne MSc FRSA

Co-Founder and Director of Communications

Susan has an extensive career in communications management at the most senior levels. She has won four PR Week Awards and three Third Sector Campaigning Awards, including the national Award of

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Excellence; was runner up in the NHS Inspirational Leader Award 2011, and is winner of the prestigious Ashden Award for devising Britain’s Greenest Hospital initiative. She has planned and implemented national public awareness campaigns for the Departments of Health and Education, where she was communications adviser for schools and also Head of Communications Strategy and Insight. She has worked with organisers of the Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and on preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was instrumental in the merger of the UK’s largest cancer charities. More recently has been working with the NHS to help hospitals use communications strategies to get out of special measures.

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 <strong>Susan Leyland</strong>

Susan Leyland

Sculptor

Susan Leyland was born in 1952 in Whiston, Lancashire but lived near Cambridge for many years. At the age of four she was given her first pony by her grandfather, a veterinarian and horse breeder.

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At school Susan discovered her aptitude for art and her work was hung in The London Royal Academy of Arts children’s exhibitions. Her school years were spent at boarding school. On leaving school she found work at the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology. In 1973 Susan visited Italy where she has lived ever since. The beautiful Renaissance city of Florence with its museums, art and history captured her heart. On arrival she followed an Italian language course at the British Institute as well as drawing classes at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts. For seven years Susan worked in the Italian fashion industry and from 1981 she taught English but continued to draw and paint.
From 1987—2000 Leyland began to make her first sculptures with the help of Florentine artisans learning from their skills and traditions. During this time she was also working as a riding instructor.
In 1999 Leyland held an exhibition at the important Tornabuoni Gallery, Florence, then a second in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 2000 she decided to dedicate her time to horse sculpture, creating in 2004 “Horse Block Sculpture” where the contemporary and the classical merge.
Leyland has taken part and held solo exhibitions in different countries and cities: UK, USA, Italy, France, Sweden and Germany with collectors world-wide. In England, Sunningdale, at the Alan Kluckow Fine Art, in London, with Frost & Reed, the Medici Gallery, the Horsebox Gallery, at the London Heathrow Airport, at Fulham Palace, the Wandsworth Museum and in Oxford and Bath. In Italy, she has exhibited in Florence with the Tornabuoni Gallery, Pietrasanta at the Barbara Paci Art Gallery, at The Museum of Marino Marini, Pistoia, the Town Hall of Pontassieve, Casa D’Arte S. Lorenzo, Arte A Colori Colle Val D’Elsa, Arezzo, Milan, Asti, Lerici and Naples and participated at The Biennale di Venezia. In USA, in Saratoga Springs, NY and in Santa Monica, CA. In Germany in Stuttgart and in Toulouse, France at the Sakah Gallery, Paris and La Baule. She has also participatted at contemporary art fairs in Miami, Istanbul, London, Bologna and Genova with reviews and articles in magazines and newspapers in different countries, receiving the American Academy of Equine Art Director’s award in 2008.
About the Ascot Memorial Susan says: “I have had the great honour and privilege to create The War Horse Memorial. I have portrayed a horse standing motionless, in poignant remembrance. A horse whose silhouette, shape, body language, anatomy and detail incorporate and reflect the tragedy of all those horses, mules and donkeys who endured the 1914—1918 Great War. The only movement is in the tail, caught in a slight gust of wind, to give a sign of life and hope for the future that their sacrifice was not in vain.”

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  <strong>Farquhar Ogilvy-Laing</strong>

Farquhar Ogilvy-Laing

Bronze Expert and Consultant

Farquhar established Black Isle Bronze in 1994 and currently employs 14 full time staff. His strength is his attention to detail in the form and texture, combined with his knowledge of classic and contemporary materials,

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allowing for cast sensitive work and quality finishing.
In 2002, he moved the company to a purpose built facility in Nairn, near Inverness the only purpose-built bronze-casting foundry in the UK. With over 7000 square feet of workshop space, Black Isle Bronze has the equipment and resource to handle the most challenging of projects, including The War Horse Memorial.
Using lost wax and sand casting techniques; Black Isle Bronze has been responsible for many large commissions throughout the UK and beyond. It’s use of structural engineering means that public sculptures are impervious to vandalism.
Black Isle Bronze has been responsible for the following works – Wilf Mannion and George Hardwick at Middlesborough FC; Stan Cullis at Wolves, and ‘the batsman’ at Lords. Other famous figures include the four heroic scale rugby players at Twickenham; the Bank station dragons; Frankie Dettori at Ascot; Be Friendly at Haydock Park and a commission of seven racehorses for a private residence in Dubai.

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 <strong>Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR</strong>

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR

Pageantmaster

Bruno Peek has been responsible for a large number of the biggest celebrations of this kind for more than three decades. Some of the most memorable spectacles and occasions, including celebrations for the official opening of the Single European

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Market, the arrival of the New Millennium,
Some of the most memorable spectacles and occasions, including celebrations for the official opening of the Single European Market, the arrival of the New Millennium, Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the Battle of Trafalgar bicentenary, Enjoy England – Celebrate St George’s Day, Fly a Flag for our Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion Poppy Party Weekend and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons, the annual Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth, 50th and 70th Anniversary VE Day Beacons and The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons have been influenced and successfully organised by him.

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 <strong>Major Craig Hallatt BA (Mus) LRSM ALCM CAMUS</strong>

Major Craig Hallatt BA (Mus) LRSM ALCM CAMUS

Director of Music and Composer

Craig started his musical career at the age of 7 in the Brass Bands of Yorkshire; He joined the Army in Sept 1985 and has had an illustrious career spanning 32 years. On completion of the Bandmasters’ Course

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On completion of the Bandmasters’ Course Maj Hallatt was assigned to be the Bandmaster of the Lowland Band of The Scottish Division in 2001. During this inaugural post he completed tours of Northern Ireland, Switzerland and Germany, Kuwait and Iraq.
He was appointed as Director of Music of the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in January 2009. In addition to performing as the State Ceremonial band for Scotland which included playing for the Pope’s visit to Scotland in 2010.
In September 2011, Major Hallatt was appointed as the last Director of Music of The Royal Artillery Woolwich Band and saw their sad departure from Woolwich after 252 years. During his time in the Band he was deployed on operations to Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick 19.
Craig was appointed as Director of Music, The Band of The Household Cavalry in February 2015. As a composer he has written and arranged music for major events such as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Basel Tattoo and the Berlin Music Parade. TV credits include Trooping the Colour,, Britain’s Got Talent and the Household Division Beating Retreat on Horse Guards. He is senior music advisor to several International Military events and is the founder of Dreamscape Orchestrations and Media Scoring.

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War Horse Memorial Ambassadors


   <strong>Adam Afriyie MP</strong>

Adam Afriyie MP

Adam grew up in South London and attended Addey and Stanhope school in New Cross before gaining a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College (Wye). He was first elected as Conservative MP for

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Windsor in 2005. He was Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation from 2007 to 2010 and now chairs the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) and the Financial Technology APPG. Prior to entering Parliament, Adam was a successful entrepreneur in the information services and technology sector and has strong international businesses interest. He is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to both Ghana and Guinea.
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  <strong>Sophie Christiansen CBE</strong>

Sophie Christiansen CBE

Sophie Christiansen is 29 and comes from Ascot. She was born two months prematurely with cerebral palsy and survived despite suffering jaundice, blood poisoning, a heart attack and a collapsed lung.

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She began riding aged six on a school trip as a form of physiotherapy, loved the freedom horses gave her, and took up dressage when she was 13. Three years later, she was the youngest member of the Great Britain squad to compete at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. She has won 10 medals at the last three Games, including triple gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. Christiansen has a first-class masters degree in mathematics and took unpaid leave from her role as analyst for an investment bank to compete in Rio. Sophie says of her appointment as the Memorial’s first Celebrity Ambassador: “ I am both delighted and honoured to be associated with such an important project that recognises the contribution horses have made to us humans in the past and continue to make through their strength, kindness and intuition”.

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 <strong>Nigel Allsopp</strong>

Nigel Allsopp

Australia and New Zealand

Nigel Allsopp is the Australian ANZAC of the year 2017, a veteran of military overseas deployments and a decorated police officer. He served in the Australian and New

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Zealand Defence Forces for over 25 years, and has spent a lifetime working with animals, initially as a Military Working Dog handler.Nigel is the Founder and President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organization (AWAMO) and the driving force behind the establishment of memorials honouring the deeds and sacrifices of animals in wars. He is a published author of nine books on Police and Military animals and is a recognised subject matter expert. Nigel has established over 30 war animal memorials all over the world. In June 2017 he opened the WWI War Animal memorial in Pozieres, France. The memorial honours all animals from all nations. Today, Nigel remains in uniform where he is an operational explosive detection dog handler for the Queensland Police Service. He is a qualified Mounted Police Officer having undertaken basic and advanced Police riding courses in California, USA and is a member of the Australian Light Horse Ceremonial troop.

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 <strong>Yves Potard</strong>

Yves Potard

French Ambassador

Professor of history / geography at the Lamarck High School in Albert (Somme) Knight of the Order of Palmes Académiques, retired since 2010.

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President of the Franco-Australian Digger-cote 160 Association created in 2001 in Pozières after having been president of the ANCCRE Association, for the creation of an international meeting centre for young people, in the heart of the historic sites of the Battle of the Somme. The numerous activities of the Association within our territory and in particular during the centenary commemorations of the First World War caught the attention of the State which has just awarded Yves the Silver Medal of Tourism having been recommended for the Award by the Prefect of the Somme.

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 <strong>John Bickley</strong>

John Bickley

New Zealand Ambassador

Professor of history / geography at the Lamarck High School in Albert (Somme) Knight of the Order of Palmes Académiques, retired since 2010.

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President of the Franco-Australian Digger-cote 160 Association created in 2001 in Pozières after having been president of the ANCCRE Association, for the creation of an international meeting centre for young people, in the heart of the historic sites of the Battle of the Somme. The numerous activities of the Association within our territory and in particular during the centenary commemorations of the First World War caught the attention of the State which has just awarded Yves the Silver Medal of Tourism having been recommended for the Award by the Prefect of the Somme.

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 <strong>John Bishop</strong>

John Bishop

Ambassador

Delighted to introduce John Bishop, our valued Ambassador for Kent, who served for 12 years with the Royal Artillery in the 1960/70’s. He’s now retired but still involved with the Regiment. He is Chairman of Canterbury Branch Royal Artillery Association and SE Region Representative on the NEC. He is pictured here with Bombadier Bear the mascot of Canterbury Branch proudly wearing his purple poppy pin..

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John tells us” I am married to Jan and we celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary next year. We have one son (Paul) and two grandchildren Ross (27) and Isabella (5). After leaving the Army I had several jobs including London Transport where I had a spell as a driving instructor on the buses. I drove an oil tanker for over 20 years delivering heating oil to farms, businesses and homes. For my last 16 years of working life I worked on a country estate in Kent in various roles and we now rent a property on the estate which is in the heart of the Kent countryside next to a hop garden. The house is one mile from the village where I was born, went to school and we can see the spire of the church where we married. I have always had a love of animals and we still have three chickens roaming around the garden and our son’s two pointer dogs are regular visitors. I enjoy walking and reading historical novels when I have time. I also enjoy horse racing.”
John was instrumental in organising a special service in the shadows of our giant Canterbury Horse recently to remember animals in war and animals in need, conducted by The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis. It was ahead of our first National Animal Day and John was joined by other members of the Canterbury Branch of the Royal Artillery Association (RAA), Peter Hughes, Douglas Kay, Dennis Gabb and Joe Correa (pictured above) and their wives and partners. John explains: “Over eight million horses died during WW1, of which many travelled through Kent on their way to the continent, so we feel this service of Commemoration was very apt and fitting.”

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 <strong>Christina Johnston</strong>

Christina Johnston

Ambassador

Spotlight on acclaimed soprano Christina Johnston who is not only our very special Ambassador and friend, but who we entrust to sing our anthems ‘To Glory‘ and ‘A Million Tears‘ (beautifully written by Warwick, Young and Maclean), which we are hoping will be released on record next year. Christina has a life-long love of horses and says she is proud to be associated with War Horse Memorial and The Animal Purple Poppy Fund.

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“When I was asked I was so honoured and felt extremely proud. I value the role that animals play in many people’s lives and their service and sacrifice in war. These two anthems are a powerful musical reminder of the contribution horses particularly made in world wars and the powerful bond between humans and animals.”
Christina, nicknamed “The Nightingale” because of her exquisite coloratura soprano voice, has addressed audiences all over Europe, Asia and South America. She was accepted with scholarship when she was just 18 to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2012 she made her operatic debut at The State Opera, Prague as The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Adele in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. She has performed at Kazan Opera House, Russia as Olympia from Les contesd’Hoffmann by Offenbach, sung on tour in Europe as The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and Olympia from Les contes d’Hoffmann. She premiered in the production of Puccini’s Tosca and has sung three seasons of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at The Estates Theatre, Prague. She has also starred as Mozart’s pupil, Katerina Cavalieri in the Broadway staged production of Amadeus in 2017, and she regularly sings with various conductors and orchestras all over Europe and has had solo tours around Czech Republic, Slovakia, Asia and South America.
On numerous occasions, she has sung for various embassies and Heads of State – most notably the President of the Czech Republic – various Presidents of EU Countries and the President of the Peoples’ Republic of China, who invited her to sing in China for the 70 year celebrations of the end of World War II. She was also chosen to sing in Hebrew by the Israeli Ambassador for the Day of Jerusalem. Christina regularly sings for Prague Film Festival which is held each year, and has sung many film scores, most recently being the Czech film “Století Miroslava Zikmunda” and “Aldabra 3D” and for the 2017 British film “Interlude in Prague” about Mozart. Her debut CD “BLESSING” was recorded with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and is available to buy from Apple Music and Amazon.
Nearer to home she delighted the villagers of Cockington in Devon last November when she performed at their Purple Poppy Village Day, draped in our cloak of a thousand knitted poppies and flanked by local standard bearers of the Royal British Legion ( pictured here) and has enthralled guests at our Anniversary Charity Ball, at Ascot Racecourse in June last year.

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 <strong>Rick Wagner </strong>

Rick Wagner

US Ambassador

Rick currently resides in Bryan, Texas USA after retiring from the Garden Grove Police Department, California, USA after 33 year’s service.

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During this career he has worked as a Patrol Officer, K-9 Officer, Field Training Officer, Corporal, Narcotics Investigator, Homicide Investigator, Investigator on a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Mounted Corporal, Patrol Sergeant and Mounted Sergeant. He totalled 13 years assigned to the Mounted Enforcement Unit before leaving the department. Rick has served as a Board Member of the California Mounted Officers Association for six years and currently serves the board in an advisory role and Parliamentarian. As for CMOA competition at the Annual Trail Trials & Sensory Training he has been placed in the top three individual rankings six times, and has been on the first place team for four years. Rick is a founding member of the Norco Animal Rescue Team, which is operated under the direction of the Norco Fire Department. His years of experience and training have enabled him to be entrusted as a Team Leader in Rescue operations in wildfires and rescues throughout Southern California. Rick organised and instructed training in technical animal rescue and animal evacuation in compliance with the City of Norco/Riverside County Fire Department policies. Rick was a member of the team that created these policies. Rick has served with the California State Horsemen’s Association for 12 years and has served on the Board of Directors in State and Region offices and committees. In 2008 Rick was the State Champion at the CSHA Trail Trials State Championship Event and in 2012 he was inducted into the Norco Horse Town USA Hall of Fame for that State Championship title.

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 <strong>Sarah Lockton </strong>

Sarah Lockton

Devon Ambassador

We at War Horse Memorial are delighted to announce that Sarah Lockton of Funeral Partners – the third largest funeral services provider in the UK – has agreed to join our

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growing army of volunteer ambassadors
to honour the service of animals in war and support animals in need.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions Sarah, who is Funeral Director at Torbay & District Funeral Service in Torquay, has been supporting us by selling purple poppy pin badges in nine funeral homes across Devon’s English Riviera, which are worn to remember animals who have fallen victim to war.

Sarah has a natural empathy with people who need her support at the most difficult of times, and her caring nature is extended to the welfare of animals. She understands the significant financial implications animal welfare charities are facing due to falling donations and the cancellation of public fundraising events. We are lucky to have her on board.

She began her career as a funeral operative and bearer and soon became a funeral arranger. She then trained as a Funeral Director and joined Torbay & District Funeral Service in 2013. Sarah and Mark Carr, also Funeral Director at Torbay & District help each other create window displays and arrange events in support of charities like ours in Devon and beyond.

Sarah told us: “I came across the purple poppy pins a couple of years ago and quickly realised not many people are aware support is needed for thousands of animals still used in combat. Thousands of horses were loaded into trains at Paignton Station just a mile from our branch during World War I. I am a huge animal lover and helping this wonderful charity raise awareness as an ambassador is nothing short of an amazing opportunity.”

Sarah enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and ensuring every funeral meets the highest standards for families by always carrying them out with the deepest respect and dignity. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures around the world.

Funeral Partners is a family of high-quality funeral businesses with over 200 funeral homes across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The network was founded in 2007 by Phillip Greenfield as he recognised the need for a well-run, high-quality group of funeral directors that would provide communities with a service that could be relied upon. Funeral Partners is now led by CEO Sam Kershaw and is the third largest funeral services provider in the UK, with more than 650 employees overseeing over 18,000 funerals annually.

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 <strong>Cliff O’Farrell </strong>

Cliff O’Farrell

Ambassador

An explosion in Afghanistan ten years ago ended his career with the Household Cavalry and threatened his life. But despite five years in recovery, gruelling physiotherapy and tough times, Cliff O’Farrell says with a loving wife and son he has plenty to be thankful for and is determined to help other former soldiers struggling to cope by sharing his love of horses.

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We are proud to have him as our special Ambassador, representing injured and former soldiers from The Household Cavalry.
Cliff is not a guy who gives up. He was the first injured serviceman to try polo, and with his Help for Heroes teammates he’s achieved great success, winning man of the match in the Best of British Para Polo match and helping to raise tens of thousand of pounds for military charities playing matches across the U.K. and promoting horses as a good sport for recovery, His next goal is to get Para polo accepted as a sport in the Invictus Games, the sporting event set up by Prince Harry for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
“Five hours later I woke up in Camp Bastion hospital, in Helmand Province. The doctors said I had severe injuries to my pelvis and spine and my left leg had been shattered in ten places. It was twisted and scarred with shrapnel wounds and I was told it would be a lot easier for me if I agreed to have my leg amputated. I thought long and hard but decided against it. I was taking a massive chance but I made the right choice.”
For Cliff, who is now 40, and lives near Windsor, in Berkshire, the turning point was meeting Amanda, his hospital nurse who later became his wife and mother of his much loved son, eighteen-month-old Flynn.
Cliff was warned to expect the limitations that his injuries might determine, but he’s defied the doctors and is pushing back the boundaries in a way he could never have imagined five years ago. “I was told I would be stuck in an office so I decided to make the cockpit of an aeroplane my office. I qualified as a private pilot in aeroplanes and eventually gained a commercial helicopter pilots license. I am a determined sort of guy but it is tough being a 40-year trying to do what a 28-year old would be doing. I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the Household Cavalry Foundation. I owe them such a debt. ”
Through it all my life long love of horses has kept me sane and helped me find myself again. In the Household Cavalry horses play a big part in ceremonial duties and every cavalryman has to be able to ride. As soon as I was able I was back in the saddle and once you feel that connection that horses can give you it helps you reflect and put things into perspective. My goal now is to help others heal by developing the sport of Para polo. There is a perception that it is elitist and I want to change all that.”
Over the years Cliff has taken on many challenges from completing an Iron Man triathlon on crutches to swimming around Jersey for charities but it was horses that made a huge impact in Cliff’s recovery from taking on Stunt Riding and Archery on horseback at The Centre for Horseback Combat and Falconry on horseback in Devon, Endurance riding in South Africa to completing a horse trek over seven days, covering 250km in India with other injured servicemen and women on Marwari horses. He is also involved with charities such as Power of Polo which provides support for those with social, economic or health challenges and Polo for Heroes that provided much needed support for those injured during their military service.
To help him, Cliff has become the first recipient of a special bursary from War Horse Memorial, set up after kind-hearted supporters helped us to fund Poppy our national monument to remember the service and sacrifice of millions of horses, mules and donkeys in World War One.
He adds: “Getting my life back on track has been hard I don’t mind admitting. The physical scars heal and tell their own story, but there’s a lot of anger to work through, and you have to work through it. One lesson I’ve learned is that life doesn’t stop, or wait for you to catch up.” During the pandemic Cliff has been making his contribution… delivery driving for Tesco, and helping out around his village as a NHS volunteer responder and preparing GP practices and Dental surgeries to reopen as a Health and Safety Consultant. We are so lucky to have him on the team.

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 <strong>David Clendining</strong>

David Clendining

Canadian Ambassador

David Clendining has dedicated his life thus far to perusing and mastering a wide variety of artistic disciplines. David has been a part time teacher for at least twenty years in

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colleges, schools and universities throughout Canada. He has taught at Confederation College Thunder Bay On., North Island High School BC, Algonquin College Ottawa ON. University of Ottawa and is presently at the Ottawa School of Art. In the mid 1970’s David attended Ontario College of Art where he studied commercial art, illustration and bronze sculpture and casting. Then, in the early 1980’s, David was approached to do some court room illustrations for a particularly high profile murder trial. He then became the court room illustrator for many trials across Canada, which led to a job as Art Director for the CTV network at CJOH TV Ottawa. David remained at CJOH as Art director / Production Designer for the next ten years where he was responsible for set design, illustration, special FX, animation and court room illustrations. In the latter years of employment with CTV, David started his own small company called Summit Studios. Today, David Clendining-Summit Studios specialises in design and fabricate museum displays, murals, sculptures, models, sets and FX. Sumit also designs and builds movie sets and FX for productions such as, Chasing Rainbows, Interview with the Vampire, Grey Owl, H20, 13th warrior and Decoys to mention just a few.

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 <strong>Simon Greaves</strong>

Simon Greaves

North Hampshire Ambassador

Now retired, my working life was in construction where I progressed to become a senior project manager and bid manager. My

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passion to give something back to the
community first surfaced while
spearheading my then employers community engagement programme.

With a small team we organised volunteering programmes to help local charity groups as well as an annual educational project / contest between local schools. During this time I became a STEM Ambassador and guest lecturer at Solent University.

Four years ago I became a Parish councillor. While organising our celebration for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day l met Susan Osborne and Alan Carr and got involved in the work of the Animal Purple Poppy Fund.

Little London is a village situated between the North Hampshire Downs and the gravel plains of the Kennet valley, seven miles north of Basingstoke and 15 miles south of Reading. As you can see from this picture, our Armistice anniversary memorial is a silhouette of the War Horse Memorial’s logo, and was dedicated on August 23, 2018. It has become a focal point for the village and given its name to a locally brewed ale. The horse has been named Arthur in honour of Arthur Pearse, a villager who lost his life at Mons one hundred years earlier, on August 23, 1918.

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K<strong>irk and Hannah Petrakis</strong>

Kirk and Hannah Petrakis

Ambassadors

Hannah and Kirk are passionate about horses and all animals. They run a horse and carriage business, K&H Cockington Carriages, in Devon, and have three wonderful daughters, Sophia who is 14 years old, Naomi who is eight and seven year old Amy-Rose. As a family they love and care for their horses and enjoy the outdoors and wildlife.

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Kirk explains: “We will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary this year. We got married in Cockington Parish Church, which we can see from the stable yard, where we run our horse and carriage business. We provide tour rides and a wedding service around the beautiful grounds of Cockington. We have two beautiful horses, called Annie and Cowboy, and a miniature Shetland pony called Patrick, who was born on St Patrick’s Day, and who is training to be a therapy pony; he’s already helped our daughter Naomi who has moderate learning difficulties.”
Kirk is a local lad. He went to Cockington Primary School, and grew up watching the horse and carriages go by as a child and always had a connection with animals. He was recognised for having a natural way with the horses and has found a passion for developing the horses training, especially with Patrick.
Hannah was born in mid Sussex and first learnt to ride at the age of four. She lived in the county until she was nine, when her family moved to Devon. Horses became a big part of the family and Hannah spent a lot of her time riding her beloved pony, Misty, across Dartmoor. Her great grandfather had a carriage company in London, so it was in her blood to take up carriage driving and to continue the tradition in Cockington.
Hannah says : “ During ‘lockdown’ it was a very difficult time for all businesses in Torbay, but we were inspired to do a children’s book with our daughter Sophia, called The Adventures of Patrick The Pony, The Ten Ducklings. Our vision is for Patrick, through his therapy training will help people with disabilities and mental health challenges. We wanted to get involved with War Horse Memorial because we believe that all animals that have served in wars should be remembered. They had no choice and gave so much.”
The Adventures of Patrick The Pony, The Ten Ducklings costs £7.99, would make ideal birthday and Christmas presents, and is now available on Amazon or can be ordered from: info@celebritypony.co.uk
K&H Cockington Carriages provide horse and carriage rides for weddings, tour rides and private bookings around the beautiful settings of Cockington. Bookings are weather permitted and Kirk and Hannah always advise booking in advance. Check out their Facebook page to see lots of videos and pictures of the horses and what the team get up to.
Tel: 07912 992818
Facebook: K&H Cockington Carriages

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