Big Star's story


Big Star was chosen to highlight our support for the responsible use of horses in sport.

Big Star's sculpture

Big Star: the story behind the sculpture

To celebrate the achievements of showjumper Nick Skelton and his wonder horse, Big Star, in winning the individual gold in Rio and the team gold in London, this design captures those two iconic moments. This sculpture highlights our support for the responsible use of horses in sport. 

The design inspired by Big Star's story

Big Star's sculpture design

The artist: Nick Skelton CBE with Rob Williams & Georgina Leigh

Nick is a world-renowned show jumping rider whose career has spanned nearly 38 years, winning thousands of classes and hundreds of Grand Prix events, and over £6.5m in prize money. Nick and Big Star won individual gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics and were part of the gold medal winning team at the London 2012 Olympics. Rob Williams is a cartoonist, caricaturist and digital artist, who has helped some of artists realise their horse sculpture designs. Georgina Leigh is passionate about all things equine. She is an established equestrian artist and is sought after for her skills as an animal portrait artist. She is very proud to be supporting the World Horse Welfare sculpture trail.

The trail: Big Star features on our Show Trail and our Farm Trail at our Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre

The trail code: 1172

Did you know that 1,172 grams is the combined weight of Big Star's two Olympic gold medals? He won his first at the London Olympics in 2012 and his second at Rio in 2016, before retiring alongside Nick Skelton at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2017.

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The sponsor: Peden Bloodstock

Peden Bloodstock is a world renowned International Equine Transport & Logistics Provider specialising in the movement of the World’s Highest Performing Horses throughout the Globe.

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