Monday, September 23rd, 2019
We were delighted and honoured to welcome Margie Shoop, one of our staunchest supporters, and her husband Jim, who travelled all the way from America to Ascot to see our Memorial, and pay their respects to Poppy our War Horse.
Last year Margie fundraised on our behalf and presented The Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books in her home town of Findlay, Ohio with one of our sculptor Susan Leyland’s original drawings and a copy of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse book, which the author kindly signed for us.
The couple were met by War Horse Memorial co-Founder Alan Carr, who explained the history of the monument, from concept to completion, and the on-going Purple Poppy Appeal, in support of our chosen charities.
Margie was visibly moved by the visit and said afterwards; “ I was so excited to see Poppy in person and to know that there is a Memorial that will never allow us to forget the service and sacrifice of these animals. I always considered their quiet strength. I still ride today and before had our Haze for 28 years. You can’t force a horse to do anything.
“These animals were in our care and sent off to battle for things beyond their understanding. I want to thank all of you for having the vision and passion to make this happen! Susan Leyland your sculpture, your rendition of all struggles the horses, donkeys and mules endured is loving, elegant and poignant. To me this is The War Horse. (Ok making me cry again!).”