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Once frozen and near to death, Macy’s amazing recovery will be captured on the Invisible Horse Trail
We are thrilled to be charity of the year at 2016’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2016. The international four-star event is the perfect place to showcase our brand new initiative, ‘The Invisible Horse’ and, as part of this, our stunning Invisible Horse Trail. The trail will showcase 14 beautiful, hand-designed horses with world-renowned artists taking inspiration from the stories of some of the horses and ponies who have come to our Rescue and Rehoming Centres. All of the beautiful pieces are cast from the original clay brought to life by sculptor and artist Judy Boyt, designer of the Badminton trophy.
Over the coming weeks, we will be proudly announcing the artists who are selflessly donating their time and the generous sponsors who are enabling the trail to shine a spotlight on the world’s unseen horses.
Amy Goodman is an equestrian sculptor and portrait artist who is based in Hampshire. She frequently works with clients on a commissioning basis, both for the public and private sphere. Having ridden all her life, horses have always been a passion and feature frequently in Amy Goodman’s work. Last summer she had the honour of having her life-size WW1 Memorial sculpture of a War Horse and Trooper unveiled by Princess Anne in Romsey. Throughout her career Amy has enjoyed supporting a number of charities through the auctioning of her work and when the opportunity came to be involved with the Invisible Horse Trail, she jumped at the chance.
We are delighted that Haygain® is supporting our Invisible Horse Trail that will feature at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Haygain is sponsoring World Horse Welfare Macy and will also be donating steamers to each of our four Rescue and Rehoming centres to help horses like Macy. Thank you, Haygain, for your help in making invisible horses visible!
Macy on arrival (left) and shortly before being rehomed (right)
Macy came into World Horse Welfare care following a call to our welfare line in mid-January 2013 from a member of the public asking us to visit a small group of horses in Nottinghamshire. Our Field Officer David Boyd visited and found a bay mare, Macy, who was deteriorating very quickly and collapsed soon after his arrival. She was in apalling condition and very cold. A vet was called and Macy's prognosis was deemed so poor that David and the vet had reached the difficult decision to put her to sleep.
Loca on arrival (left) and shortly before being rehomed (right)
As if she somehow knew these could be her final moments, Macy started to rally and got to her feet, so we immediately transported her to the vets along with her 10 month-old filly foal Loca. Our Norfolk Rescue and Rehoming Centre’s Adopt a Horse, India, was also found on the same site with her colt foal Lucas – and these two were also removed from the site. The four horses underwent their rehabilitation at Hall Farm and made miraculous recoveries, blossoming into healthy and confident horses despite their terrible experiences. Macy’s powerful story inspired one of our most-viewed films on YouTube; you can watch this below.
Amy has been inspired by Macy’s story and has chosen her as her muse for the Invisible Horse Trail. She says;
“When I saw the video of Macy at death's door, with hypothermia lying in the snow, frozen, with her foal standing near her, I couldn't help but cry and be touched by their story. To see her months later in amazing health, happily grazing in a field shows the truly dedicated and incredible work of those involved with World Horse Welfare.
“I wanted to show the before and after. To show Macy before she was rescued, and the amazing transformation later, thanks to the dedication of the wonderful individuals working with the charity. I thought representing this first with the grey and monochrome tones, focusing into detailed snowflake designs around the mare and foal, would represent the cold and hostile conditions Macy and her foal were first discovered in. The contrast at the front of the sculpture, in vivid colours showing their wonderful transformation to full health, might make for an interesting way of telling their story.
“I love the idea of the public finding and interacting with the different horses as part of this special Invisible Horse Trail at the Badminton Horse Trials. As different artists and creatives are involved with this I am looking forward to seeing the varied designs. I am proud to be a part of it.”
If you would like to sponsor one of the Invisible Horse Sculptures, please contact Lucie Stangl on LucieStangl@worldhorsewelfare.org