Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, has told us she will be delighted to receive one of our special maquettes in recognition of the significant role that horses from New Zealand played during the First World War. The limited edition maquette – a scaled replica of Poppy our National and Commonwealth War Horse Memorial which stands in Ascot – will be presented to the Hon Peeni Henare, Minister for Defence when COVID restrictions allow. It will then be on public display in the National Army Museum in Waiouru, on the North Island, between Aukland and Wellington. Ms Ardern, in a letter to our Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand, Nigel Allsopp, said it would be “an honour” to receive such a “generous offer” and wished us all the best.
Former Arsenal football manager, Arsene Wenger (below), become the first proud owner of a limited edition War Horse maquette three years ago. Arsene is one of a growing number of discerning art collectors and philanthropic individuals who have invested in these 100 limited edition bronzes, crafted by the Black Isle Bronze foundry in Scotland and hand finished by sculptor Susan Leyland to make each unique. Number One of the collection has been gifted to The Queen. Downing Street, appropriately, has No 10. Each maquette weighs 21.5 kilos and the height including base is 58 cms. Email Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest or to purchase.
Nigel Allsopp is the Founder and President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) and the driving force behind the establishment of memorials honouring the deeds and sacrifices of animals in wars. He 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 served in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces for over 25 years and has spent a lifetime working with animals, initially as a military working dog handler. He is a published author of ten books on police and military animals.