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Much-loved Penny Remembered in Stunning Rocking Horse
Penny was one of the first ever welfare cases to come into the care of World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Blackpool when it first opened in 2001. Penny was just four years old when she was found and in a terrible state - extremely underweight, suffering from a lice infestation and a massive worm burden. She was also completely unhandled and very wary of humans.
- Penny on arrival at World Horse Welfare
The team at World Horse Welfare Penny Farm worked hard to build Penny’s trust and confidence through her rehabilitation and slowly she began to blossom into a stunning young horse.
It was clear that Penny had incredible potential and little did the team know what exciting things the future had in store for her as Penny was chosen to join the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, starting her illustrious career with the Troop just a few months after arriving at the farm.
- L-R Penny Thornton, Penny and Gunner Ridley
Penny received military training which is a slightly different style of riding to civilian and was trained to get used to different uniformed tack and to a rider carrying a sword on her side.
Penny became part of the gun team, pulling one of six WW1 guns at the regiment. In parades she was ‘on the wheel’ as a brake horse and her first ever parade was the Queen Mother’s funeral. Thereafter she was involved in every parade the King’s Troop took part in from the Queen’s birthday to being part of the gun team that fired a salute to mark the birth of Prince George.
Penny retired from the King’s Troop in 2013 after 12 years’ service and was officially handed back to World Horse Welfare where she was received by Penny Thornton, a trustee of the charity after whom Penny Farm and Penny are named. Captain Owen Beynon Brown of the King’s Troop said:
“Penny has been a superb military working horse.”
- Penny with Gunner Ridley
On her return to the farm, Penny was given some time off and reassessed by the team before she found a new home as a companion where she lived happily until she was put to sleep in April 2015.
World Horse Welfare is delighted that the legendary Stevenson Brothers have now crafted a stunning unique rocking horse of Penny in celebration of the charity’s 90th anniversary. This amazing lasting tribute to Penny wears full ceremonial tack and would be an amazing addition to any home.
To be in with a chance of winning Penny, worth an incredible £10,000, take part in our rocking horse raffle here: https://www.worldhorsewelfarerockinghorseraffle.org/