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Unique Tribute to Honour Horses in First World War on Show at Ascot Racecourse
International charity, World Horse Welfare, is honouring the eight million 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 will be displayed at the Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Racing Weekend at Ascot (7 – 8 September) and again at the Autumn Racing Weekend & Ascot Beer Festival (5 – 6 October) on the Queen Anne Lawn. Following the two events, the public will be able to purchase one of these poignant sculptures from World Horse Welfare.
World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams, said:
“World Horse Welfare was founded in 1927 in the aftermath of the First World War and our founder Ada Cole saw first-hand the incredible loyalty and dedication of the many horses, donkeys and mules who played a role in the war efforts. 100 years on, we wanted to create an enduring and fitting tribute to recognise and remember these equines and we are extremely grateful to Ascot for giving us this opportunity to showcase the horseshoe hearts. We are also very thankful to sculptor, Tom Hill, by once again lending his incredible talent in support of World Horse Welfare and to the King’s Troop for kindly donating the horseshoes.”
Nick Smith, Director of Racing & Communications at Ascot Racecourse, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting World Horse Welfare with this innovative tribute, the subject of which is very close to our hearts. We hope our racegoers enjoy the display and it helps to raise awareness of the fantastic work this charity does."