100 ‘Horseshoe Hearts’ displayed at Ascot Racecourse – War Horse Poppy included in the role of honour.
International charity, World Horse Welfare, is honouring the millions of horses, donkeys and mules who lost their lives in WW1 with a unique tribute of 100 hearts sculpted from horseshoes donated by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
Sculptor, Tom Hill, crafted the hearts which are each dedicated to the memory of a particular horse who played a role in the war efforts – whether at home or on the front line – with many stories provided by World Horse Welfare supporters.
The horseshoe hearts were displayed at the Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Racing Weekend at Ascot (7 – 8 September) and will be on show again at the Autumn Racing Weekend & Ascot Beer Festival (5th – 6th October) on the Queen Anne Lawn. Following these two events, the public will be able to purchase one of these poignant sculptures from World Horse Welfare.
The charity is one of five chosen to be supported by The War Horse Memorial and the Purple Poppy Appeal and we are proud to say number 100 of the limited edition horseshoe hearts has been allocated to our Poppy (pictured here), who we believe symbolises the service and sacrifice of all the horses, mules and donkeys from the UK, Allied and Commonwealth in the First World War.