Famous names support World Horse Welfare’s Chelsea and Kensington Borough Trail


International horse charity World Horse Welfare is encouraging animal lovers and art fans to enjoy their Royal Borough Trail this Summer to help raise funds for the charity’s work worldwide.

Collection of horse sculptures

During August 2019 ten beautiful horse sculptures, many designed by famous names, including Sara Cox, Martin Clunes and Alan Titchmarsh, will be appearing in Kensington and Chelsea making for a magical city walk where art meets horses.

The trails can be navigated using the special World Horse Trail App, which not only shows you which way to walk but also explains the fascinating story behind each exquisite sculpture. The App can be downloaded here (Android) or here (Apple). If you fall in love en route you can place a bid on your favourite model because each sculpture will be auctioned in November - details about the auction and online auction can be found on our website from September.

Building on the success of the 2016 Invisible Horse Sculpture Trail at Badminton Horse Trials, the sculptures on the World Horse Welfare Borough Trail 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.
Sara Cox, BBC Radio 2 DJ and patron of World Horse Welfare used Mr Melvin Andrews (sponsored by Horse & Hound) as her muse. Melvin was rescued from a back yard, where he had been dumped after the homeowner’s 13-year-old granddaughter responded to an online advertisement. He has now been successfully rehomed.

Martin Clunes OBE, the Actor, television presenter, film director and comedian used Clippy as his inspiration. Clippy (sponsored by Wimbledon Village Stables), was rescued from a dilapidated stable, surrounded by junk and is now a driving pony. The accomplished equestrian artist and portrait painter Jennifer Bell helped Martin with his design.

Alan Titchmarsh MBE, the gardener, presenter, poet and novelist used miniature rescue horse Jewel (sponsored by HPower Group) as his muse.  Artist, Rob Williams helped bring Alan’s design to life.

Judy Boyt the sculptor and designer drew her inspiration from Chiquita (sponsored by Daylesford Organic), a little brown mare who works as day-to-day transport for a family in Costa Rica.

Jamie Osborne the renowned National Hunt jockey was inspired by Patience (sponsored by Chasemore Farm), a working horse in Haiti who provides a taxi service for tourists.

Cheryl Johnson, winner of World Horse Welfare’s sculpture design competition, was inspired by rescued filly Hope (sponsored by TCS Media), who was painted onto the sculpture by a studio artist. The competition was judged by World Horse Welfare Patron Suzanne Dando-Reynolds

Julian Seaman who is a visiting tutor in fashion design at Central Saint Martins, used Gitana (sponsored by Amalgam), a working horse in Nicaragua as his inspiration. Julian has sold fashion prints to Yves Saint Laurent and Liberty and written five books on fashion illustration. As a rider he has ridden around Badminton several times and the Grand National course in the Foxhunters.

Lee McKenzie a sports presenter and World Horse Welfare patron was inspired by Rayo (sponsored by The Jockey Club), a working mule in Panama. Lee presents and reports on equestrian sport, Motorsport and Rugby and horse riding has always been a part of her life.

Gillian Higgins is a human and equine sports and remedial therapist as well as a BHS Senior Coach, anatomist, biochemist, anatomical artist, author and founder of organisation, Horses Inside Out. She used Black (sponsored by Lincoln Horse Care), a working horse from Costa Rica as her muse.

Rob Williams who is a cartoonist, caricaturist and digital artist was inspired by Sinbad’s story (sponsored by Interaction Marketing & PR). Sinbad was rescued as a yearling with his mother. He was severely underweight but has gone on to become a much loved all round riding horse.

"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."

Find out more about the Borough Trail.