Celebrate art and support horses on World Horse Welfare’s Farm Trails

20/08/2019

International horse charity World Horse Welfare is inviting animal lovers and art fans to enjoy their Farm Trails this Summer to help raise funds for the charity’s work worldwide.

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Each of the charity’s four rescue and rehoming centres around the UK, including Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Aberdeenshire, has at least five beautiful horse sculptures on display along the trail, making for a magical experience where art meets horses.

The trails can be explored on each farm site.  If you fall in love en route you can place a bid on your favourite model because each sculpture will be auctioned in November - check out the online auction here. 

Building on the success of the 2016 Invisible Horse Sculpture Trail at Badminton Horse Trials, the sculptures on the World Horse Farm Trails highlight the positive stories of horses helped by the charity. They include designs created by famous names in equestrianism, broadcasting, art and design as well as competition winners.
Winning designs for a competition for under 16s, judged by YouTube star Esme Higgs, creator of the popular YouTube Channel 'This Esme', also feature in each of the farm trails. The competition challenge was to create a horse celebrating Haitian culture to highlight World Horse Welfare’s work empowering horse owning communities in Haiti. World Horse Welfare is currently running a match-funded appeal for a project providing training for communities in rural Haiti to improve care for their working horses and donkeys whilst strengthening their livelihoods and independence. Any donations made in the UK before 17th September will be matched by the UK Government.

At World Horse Welfare’s Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Aberdeenshire you will see designs from ceramics artist Gabriella Shaw (rescued pony Fairy Dust (sponsored by Eskimo EPOS)); Students from the Artist Designer: Maker course at Cardiff School of Art & Design (rescued horse Theon (sponsored by Donald Nicol Farriers Ltd)); World Horse Welfare fundraiser Frances Plume, who won the staff competition (rescued Shetland pony Braveheart (sponsored by Stallion AI Services)); Haiti Horse (sponsored by Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses) by 15 year old competition winner Gudrun Martin and Chinese Silver Medal winning event rider Alex Hua Tian who is a patron of World Horse Welfare and Rob Williams (China (sponsored by Matthew Seed – The Horse Photographer), highlighting World Horse Welfare’s work to improve equine welfare in China).

"I think the horse trail is a fantastic combination of art and horses,” said World Horse Welfare Patron Sara Cox. Hopefully people will find the different designs thought provoking and will prompt them to think about all the horses, ponies and donkeys out there that need love.

"It’ll be lovely to get the kids out and make a day of finding all the horses. Hopefully people will take some lovely photos of themselves with the sculptures to share on social media - which will show how well they’ve done to find them and most importantly, spread the word about the awesome work World Horse Welfare does."

Farm Trails can also be found at Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset, Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Norfolk and Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Lancashire.