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War horse plans rein in £10,000
12:12pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN to build a statue honouring war horses in a Hampshire town has already smashed through the £10,000 barrier.
It’s hoped £55,000 can be raised to erect a statue in Romsey as a memorial to the horses and mules which died in the First World War.
More than 100,000 were trained at the Remount Camp.
The War Horse project’s stand at the Romsey Show proved a hit and sculptor Amy Goodman sold a limited edition bronze war horse maquette, one of just nine which will be cast, for £1,000 in aid of the appeal.
Fifteen bronze resin maquettes will also be sold in aid of the appeal.
Earlier this month one of the bronzes featured at the Society of Equestrian Artists’ “Horses in Art” exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, where it won the prize for best sculpture.
Dorothy Baverstock, project committee member, said Romsey showgoers were just as impressed with the designs as the art judges.
“We have some very positive feedback at the show and were chuffed that so many people came to look at the design,” said Mrs Baverstock.
At Romsey Show, the stand was in competition with a real life ‘war horse’ in the shape of Rico, one of the mounts of stunt riding team the Devil’s Horsemen.
Rico was one of the equine doubles for lead character Joey in Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse and also appeared at the London premiere of the movie.
Mrs Baverstock said she was delighted that the appeal had already reached the £10,000 mark before the project had even approached any major grant-giving bodies.
Anyone willing to make a donation can send a cheque to Horse Fund, c/o the Town Clerk, the Town Hall, Market Place, Romsey, S051 8YZ.
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