Invisible Horse sculptures head to exclusive auction

Invisible Horse sculptures head to exclusive auction

World Horse Welfare’s Invisible Horse sculpture trail captured many thousands of hearts and minds at the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May this year and now the fourteen individually designed, painted and adorned sculptures are heading to London where they will be sold in an exclusive auction on 4th November.


Each horse sculpture stands at around 7hh (71cm) high and tells the story of a horse helped by World Horse Welfare which has been visually interpreted by a different artist or personality to create fourteen unique and stunning designs. Renowned sculptor, Judy Boyt, created a stunning clay maquette of World Horse Welfare Adoption Horse, May, which was then turned into a mould for the production of the fibreglass sculptures.


As part of World Horse Welfare’s Charity of the Year status at Badminton Horse Trials, the sculptures were positioned around the event with adults and children alike captivated by the quest to find all fourteen and complete the trail. From world-leading hat designer, David Shilling, to acclaimed equestrian artist, Michelle McCullagh in collaboration with eventing legend, Mark Todd – each horse is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams, said: “We were delighted with the response to the Invisible Horse Trail at Badminton in May with thousands of people taking part using our trail maps and many more enjoying the sculptures throughout the event. We had a lot of enquiries about what would happen to the horses after Badminton and it is fantastic that people now have the opportunity to give a home to one of these unique sculptures. I am sure they would make an exciting addition to any home, garden, office or even stable yard!”


More details of the auction and how you can bid will be released over the coming weeks.


All the artists and designers involved in the Invisible Horse Trail donated their time and creativity free of charge. Money raised from the auction of the horse sculptures will help to support World Horse Welfare in improving the lives of horses in the UK and around the world.


Find out more about the Invisible Horse Trail at:


World Horse Welfare has named 2016 the year to highlight the world’s invisible horses who often suffer in silence as people either cannot or choose not to see them. From the horses left in barns and stables for weeks on end, to those working many hours every day on the streets of Choluteca in Honduras or Cape Town in South Africa who go unnoticed by governments and policymakers, to the horses transported long distances across borders to uncertain futures and those who sadly are sometimes found too late. World Horse Welfare will be focusing on a number of key themes as the year progresses including; foals, rescue and rehoming, working horses around the world and campaigning to improve laws to protect horses.