World Horse Welfare Chairman, Barry Johnson Retires


World Horse Welfare Chairman, Barry Johnson, will retire from his post at the end of 2016 after five years in the position, having been a Trustee of World Horse Welfare since 2007.

Barry and Carolyn

Preston-born Barry had a successful career as a veterinary surgeon, setting up one of the largest veterinary practices in the North West and specialising in large animals before being appointed as official vet for Lancashire Constabulary’s mounted section. Barry was one of the longest serving members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons having attended 112 of its meetings as well as being president from 1993-1994. During his time as Chairman of World Horse Welfare Barry also served a year as High Sheriff of Lancashire, his home county.

At his final World Horse Welfare Council meeting Barry was presented with a limited edition photographic print from renowned photographer, Matthew Seed, as a thank you and memento of his service to the charity. Barry also received a thank you and certificate presented by World Horse Welfare President, HRH The Princess Royal, at the charity’s annual conference in November this year.

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World Horse Welfare, Chief Executive, Roly Owers said:

“Ever since Barry first became involved with the charity back in 2003, as the vet for our Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, it was obvious that his values, especially his pragmatic and caring nature, were very much at one with those of the charity.  These values have been at the heart of his whole approach as Chairman too, during which time he has overseen some significant developments, not least the increase in the number of horses we rehome every year and the expansion of our international work.  He is a huge friend of the charity, admired and liked by supporters, volunteers and staff, and we owe him a great debt of thanks for what he has helped us achieve for horses around the world.”

The Matthew Seed photograph was taken at World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre and features a mare and foal named, Minnie and Jubilee. The title of the stunning image is ‘Brand New and Beautiful’ which explains the journey the pair had taken from neglect to full, glowing health thanks to the dedicated care of the World Horse Welfare team.

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Copyright: Matthew Seed

Lancashire-based Matthew Seed is acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners in equine portraits. He is currently selling a small run of the limited edition ‘Brand New and Beautiful’ prints with a percentage of each sale going to World Horse Welfare.