Could you name the new national War Horse Memorial?

Your unit could win the chance to get involved with the creation of a national monument and see its unveiling at Ascot. Closes 21 March 2018.

We’re thrilled to have been invited to take part in an exciting project with The War Horse Memorial

One lucky guiding unit will have the chance to get involved with the creation of a national monument – by naming the horse depicted in the monument itself. The winning unit will also attend the unveiling of the monument by a member of the royal family in Ascot, Berkshire this summer.

What is the War Horse Memorial?

A hundred years ago millions of horses, mules and donkeys from the UK, Allied and Commonwealth countries were sent into battle during World War One. They played a vital role, pulling heavy wagons and carrying soldiers, supplies and equipment. The fighting lasted four long years, and many of the horses – along with millions of soldiers – didn’t make it home.

To many of us, it can seem like the Great War is far away from our lives. But we know that lots of girls and volunteers will have relatives who lived through World War One, or even fought in the battles.

To remember all the horses, mules and donkeys that died in World War One, the new monument is going to be unveiled in June.

(It will)…pay tribute to the nobility, courage and unwavering loyalty of the animals, and the contribution they made to the freedom we enjoy today. - War Horse Memorial organisers 

The memorial will consist of a larger than life bronze horse, created by the British sculptor Susan Leyland. A nearby stone plinth with built-in technology will allow  visitors to interact with the memorial on their smartphones and learn about the history of the project.

How does my unit get involved?

We’ve been invited to take part in this exciting project by running a competition for a guiding unit to name the horse that will feature in the memorial. The horse is a mare – a female horse.

We’re asking units to write a few sentences about why they think their choice of name would be perfect for this tribute to the service of these animals in World War One. Leaders are more than welcome to help younger girls with putting this together. 

A three-person panel will select the winner. They will be Sophie Christiansen CBE who won six gold medals for dressage in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; Hugh Whittow, the Editor of the Daily Express and our own Chief Executive, Julie Bentley.

The lucky unit that puts forward the chosen name will get to go to Ascot on Friday 8 June 2018 to see the statue be unveiled by a member of the royal family and meet the sculptor, with travel expenses paid.

How to enter the competition

Complete our online entry form to be in with a chance of winning. The competition closes on 21 March.

There’s a pack you can download with background information on the project that you can share with your unit. Why not use it to make a fun activity for them, where the girls can suggest names and pick a final choice together?


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