Not So Invisible Horses

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A different kind of horse is on hand at the Badminton Horse Trials this year. Amid the great eventing steeds, stands a herd of fourteen miniature cob statues, crafted by Badminton trophy designer Judy Boyt. Each statute is customized by leading artists and personalities to carry the story of a horse helped by the event’s 2016 Charity of the Year, World Horse Welfare.

The goal of art display is to raise awareness of the so-called “Invisible Horses” that are in regularly need in need of rescue and rehabilitative care.

Given our great love of horses and music here, Counter-Canter Culture’s favorite statue just may be “Dippy – The Rocking Horse” by David Shilling. Shilling is renowned for his one-of-a-kind hats, which are the most exclusive in the world. To create this flair-filled creature, Shilling imagined what horses do while we’re asleep, and decided that Dippy loves to dance. In his full dance kit, this little guy is certainly ready to party!

Jet Set Dippy

“Dippy – The Rocking Horse” by David Shilling. Photograph via Badminton Horse Trials.

Dippy is in good company. Gillian Higgins, the human and equine sports and remedial therapist of Horses Inside Out fame, painted her cob with the anatomy and physiology of the horse. Meanwhile, Double Olympic gold medalist eventer, Sir Mark Todd, worked with leading artist Michelle McCullagh on “Fern.” Todd and McCullagh shared their experience in this video:

You can discover all fourteen not so “Invisible Horses” on the World Horse Welfare website here: The Invisible Horse Trail.

If you lucky enough to be at Badminton, then absolutely grab a map to the Invisible Horse Trial and see them in person. There is even an opportunity for visitors to make your mark by coloring in one of the sculptures at the charity’s trade stand.

After Badminton, the sculptures will be exhibited at the World Horse Welfare centers and auctioned in the autumn to raise funds to help make more vulnerable horses visible.

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