Purple poppies at the polo
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