King’s Troop horse to be handed back to charity at annual open day


World Horse Welfare’s Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Blackpool promises a spectacular day out for all the family as King’s Troop horse travels back to her roots.

Penny with the King's Troop

This September (7th) Britain’s largest horse charity will hold its annual open day in Blackpool, Lancashire as World Horse Welfare Penny, an Irish Draught mare, experiences her ceremonial retirement after 12 years of service with the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, as a member of the gun team.

“Penny – or Hallmark as she is known in the Troop has been a real asset to the regiment, however, it is now time for her to enjoy life at a more sedate pace,” says Captain Owen Beynon-Brown, King’s Troop Press Officer.

“Penny does everything which is asked of her, she’s always right in there doing the work, but she can now enjoy a very well-earned retirement,” continues Owen.

During her 12 years of service Penny has been involved in Royal Salutes at major ceremonial events including the funeral of the Queen Mother, State Visits, Trooping the Colour and even taken part in preparations for the Royal Wedding. Penny also played a key role in the world famous Musical Drive at venues across the country, which involves a six horse gun team demonstrating complicated and extraordinary skills of horsemanship, often at a flat out gallop.

World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Manager, Fran Williamson talks about Penny’s background, from humble beginnings to a high-status horse – your classic rags to riches story.

She says:

“It’s an amazing achievement that a rescued horse who arrived at Penny Farm back in 2001 as an emaciated and unhandled 5-year-old has gone on to enjoy such a successful career. She is the ultimate example of the work of the charity.

“Penny’s success shows how even after such a poor start, horses can be rehabilitated and go on to do astonishing things – it highlights just how important it is to give neglected horses a second chance.

“She will spend a few months at our Rescue and Rehoming Centre adjusting back to civilian life and of course meeting our visitors then she will be assessed with a view to finding a new home on our Rehoming Scheme in the future.”

Penny with King's Troop

There is a full programme of entertainment throughout World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Open Day 2013, including a performance by startling stunt rider Ben Atkinson, an amazing falconry display from Cuerden Birds of Prey and a distinctive demonstration from world famous King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Amongst the excitement there will be a chance to learn archery, join in with the fun on fairground rides, view timelessly classic cars, shop at craft stalls and experience a bit of culture at the art exhibition – of course a selection of ‘Made in Lancashire’ grub will be available for everyone.

The second Penny Farm Farriers Competition will also be running throughout the day with farriers from across the North West competing at several levels as they demonstrate the skills involved in their craft.

World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Open Day 2013 will kick off at 10am. Please follow signs to event parking.

Find out more about Penny’s story or give a horse a second chance by rehoming a horse now.

For more information on this year’s event please contact World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Visitor Centre Officer, Zoe Clifford on 01253 766983 or email her at