Estrella's story


Read the story of Estrella, a working horse from Guatemala.


Estrella: the story behind the sculpture

Estrella (meaning Star) is a working horse from Guatemala who helps her family by collecting firewood. She and her family have been helped by a World Horse Welfare project, improving Estrella's condition. Her sculpture design has been created by iconic milliner David Shilling, who has envisaged how working horses like Estrella should be kitted out if they were to canter across a Hollywood stage to receive an award. 

The design inspired by Estrella's story

Estrella's sculpture design

The artist: David Shilling

David is the founding father of modern millinery.  David’s one-of-a-kind hats are famous around the world, with his first ever collection bought by Bloomingdales.


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The trail: Estrella features on our Show Trail as well as on our Farm Trail at our Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre

The trail code: 1100

Did you know there are 1,100 working equines in the area of Guatemala around our project training farriers and saddlers?

The sponsor: The Beaverbrook Foundation

Established by the first Lord Beaverbrook in 1954, the Foundation is a UK registered charity dedicated to supporting good causes. Over 870 charitable organisations have received grants over the last 60 years.

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