Ambassador Christina Johnston

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 […]

Ambassadors Kirk and Hannah Petrakis

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 […]

Ambassador Cliff O’Farrell

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 […]

Ambassador John Bishop

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 […]

Ambassador Simon Greaves

Introducing Simon Greaves, who is our valued War Horse Ambassador for North Hampshire. Now retired, Simon’s working life was in construction where he progressed to become a senior project manager and bid manager. He says : “My passion to give something back to the community first surfaced while spearheading my then employers community engagement programme. […]

Penny scoots to the rescue

When six-year old Penny Williams heard that Blue Acre Horse Rescue, in Old Windsor needed financial help to support the one hundred animals in its care she came up with a plan… and not only did it raise badly needed funds it also got the royal seal of approval! Penny, who lives with her parents […]

Julie’s lockdown poppies

Julie Hillier got in touch to say our National Animal Day, to remember the service and sacrifice of animals in war and support animals in need, had inspired her to paint these beautiful purple poppies for us. She explains: “I’m not very exciting! I am a total novice and amateur! I live in Hampshire. I’ve […]

Greetings from Tuscany

Susan Leyland, our acclaimed sculptor who created our wonderful War Horse, Poppy lives in Italy and, because of COVID-19 restrictions, was unable to join us for National Animal Day. However she was determined to take part and remembered the role horses particular have played in war, by pinning purple poppies on the bridles of these […]

Lest we forget

All over the UK and abroad people (and their pets and animals) have been wearing their purple poppies with pride in support of National Animal Day. Over the coming days we will share the pictures that you have sent us. And we start with three iconic images – the first of Poppy, our wonderful War […]

Hero Horse No 19 – Oscar

The dedicated team at The Horse Trust have nominated gentle giant Oscar, who sadly died earlier this month, to our hall of fame. Oscar arrived at The Horse Trust in December 2019 after an impressive 13 years’ service as an officer’s charger for the Household Division. Oscar, a striking 17.2hh Irish Sport Horse, was described […]

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