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Remembrance Ride marks 100 years since the end of World War I
Our Remembrance Ride at the Elveden Estate, in Norfolk, saw a record total of 114 riders, exceeding our aim of 100 riders to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. The participants, human and equine alike, all observed the two minute silence at 11am and our horseshoe hearts tribute was displayed to commemorate the extraordinary service given by countless horses, donkeys and mules during the war.
Fran Plume, organiser of the Remembrance Ride, said:
“There were some wonderful costumes on both riders and their mounts, with the horses all looking fabulous wearing their poppies and the prize for best costume being awarded to Deborah Fyans on the lovely Ranika [pictured above]. We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who made such a wonderful effort to dress up and make the day really special.
“We’re extremely grateful to Lord and Lady Iveagh for allowing us to use their beautiful estate – it’s always a really popular venue and it seemed only right that we held our Remembrance Ride in such a stunning place on the centenary of the end of World War I, marking such a poignant occasion and honouring the memory of all those, human and equine, who gave so much during that terrible conflict.
“It was lovely to see so many riders turn out on such a special day, particularly given that the weather didn’t look too promising early on. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and we'd like to thank all those who took part and very much hope to welcome them back again next year.”
Photographs of the day can be purchased here, with a donation being made to World Horse Welfare from every photo sold, and should you wish to purchase one of the horseshoe hearts to be a lasting tribute in your own garden, you can do so here.