Pur­ple pop­pies at the polo

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A mil­lion pur­ple poppy petals fell from the sky to sig­nify the launch of the UK’s first na­tional ap­peal to re­mem­ber the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of horses, mules and don­keys dur­ing the First World War. The event, or­gan­ised by The War Horse Me­mo­rial char­ity, was the fi­nale to In­ter­na­tional Day at The Royal County of Berk­shire Club.

As mu­sic played, rid­ers and horses dressed in uni­forms of the Great War rode through the spec­ta­cle as a low-fly­ing plane dropped the petals. The dis­play fea­tured ac­claimed Bri­tish so­prano Christina John­ston singing A Mil­lion Tears, spe­cially com­posed for the project.

Money raised on the day will be given to The House­hold Cavalry Foun­da­tion. El­egy to The War Horse, which pro­vided the back­drop to the event,was writ­ten by Ma­jor Craig Hal­latt, Di­rec­tor of Mu­sic and Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing the Band of the House­hold Cavalry.

Co-Founders of the War Horse Me­mo­rial Alan Carr MBE and Su­san Os­borne to­gether with David Wood Chief Ex­ec­u­tivee HPA

The Band of the Scots Guards

A poignant mo­ment of re-en­act­ment

James Pux­ley, HM’s Lord-Lieu­tenant of the Royal County of Berk­shire, with Alan Carr

Nic Roldan (Cap­tain USA Polo Team), Zara Tin­dall and Richard Brit­ten-Long (Trus­tee Brooke Char­ity) with Harry the pony

Ladies en­joy­ing play­ing polo

Christina John­ston per­form­ing A Mil­lion Tears as pur­ple pop­pies are dropped from an air­craft

The War Horse Me­mo­rial Sculp­tor Su­san Ley­land

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