A grand auction of World Horse Welfare’s exquisite Horse Trail Sculptures has raised almost £100,000, and we were delighted to play our part in supporting the charity’s important work.
The auction line-up of 41 sculptures and maquettes presented artistic interpretations of World Horse Welfare’s work around the world, with each one representing a horse that had been helped by the charity either directly or indirectly. Designs were created by famous names in equestrianism, broadcasting (including Alan Titchmarsh, pictured here) and art and design – as well as competition winners and members of the World Horse Welfare team.
Susan Leyland’s bronze maquette replica of our national monument of Poppy the War Horse, in Ascot, generated a vigorous bidding battle. Poppy’s new owner is now in proud possession of a limited edition bronze, crafted by the sculptor and cast by Black Isle Bronze Foundry in Scotland.
Everyone had a chance to enjoy the sculptures before they were actioned as they were on display at equestrian and family events, London Boroughs and the four World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming centres throughout the year.
“We were overwhelmed by the support shown for the auction,” said Chief Executive Roly Owers: “We were joined by almost 200 guests on the night, which was superbly compered by Goffs Auctioneers. Every lot was sold and the horses are now settling into their new homes across the UK. The World Horse Trail has been a unique programme of profile-raising for the charity as well as helping to raise vital funds.”