Dalton, our Penny Farm adoption horse, has been transformed into a racehorse for a sculpture on our… https://t.co/xnZVJV0uWe
"Carefree": the story behind the sculpture
"Carefree" is a 15 year old former racehorse and a lovely sweet mare. Due to an injury, she was unable to be ridden and has now been rehomed as a much-loved companion.
The design inspired by "Carefree's" story
The artist: Sarah Aspinall
Sarah has specialised in equestrian portraiture for over 30 years, passionate about racing, she has immortalised the great names of our age from Desert Orchid to Galileo. Sarah has personally rehomed and retrained several rescue ponies, she said:
"The work that World Horse Welfare does is exceptional and I am proud to highlight this by giving a piece of work for the charity. I was given the very pretty “Carefree” as a starting point for artistic inspiration. She is a chestnut thoroughbred filly who was injured and happily rehomed as a companion horse. I wanted to convey the carefree, radiant beauty symbolised by butterflies soaring upwards and I hope that my design has done her justice. After sketching out the butterflies on the sculpture, I painted a warm undercoat reflecting her chestnut colour. I wanted her colour to glow through the subsequent layers of soft grey and butterflies, giving a warm tone to the work."
The trail: "Carefree" features on our Show Trail
The sponsor: British Horseracing Authority
The British Horseracing Authority is the sport's governance and regulatory body. World Horse Welfare is a welfare advisor to the BHA on welfare matters.