We are delighted to be displaying a very special sculpture from the World Horse Welfare charity in the Rothschild Yard – so please do come down and see it for yourself!
The sculpture is a lifesize horse, modelled on a rescue pony named Clippy, and featuring over 400 horseshoes. The sculpture includes 42 shoes donated by 'celebrity' horses and ponies, including Olympic gold medallists Big Star and Valegro. (full list can be found below)
The sculpture has been built and designed by Hertfordshire-based Tom Hill is a self-taught sculptor who works with recycled horsehoes to create life-sized animal sculptures. Tom utilises a gas forge, anvil and hammer as well as various welding techniques to heat and shape the horseshoes to create his amazing sculptures.
Clippy's sculpture has travelled the country this summer, having been on display at the Chelsea Flower Show, at World Horse Welfare's Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset as well as being on display at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2017. It will before being auctioned at Cheltenham in November to raise funds for World Horse Welfare - you can bid for it HERE>
Clippy was discovered by one of the World Horse Welfare Field Officers in what can only be described as the shell of a building which had once been a stable. No owner could be located for Clippy so he was signed over into World Horse Welfare’s care transport to the safety of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset. Clippy has flourished in the care of the dedicated team at World Horse Welfare. He is a completely transformed pony and is really enjoying his rehabilitation with a view to rehoming in the future. This moving tale was brought to life at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to celebrate World Horse Welfare’s 90 year legacy of helping horses. Find out more about the garden created by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith HERE.
A full list of all shoes included in the sculpture are:
1. Milford Haven - One of the Queen’s Windsor Grey Carriage Horses
2. Tyrone - One of the Queen’s Windsor Grey Carriage Horses
3. Storm - One of the Queen’s Windsor Grey Carriage Horses
4. World Horse Welfare Annie - HRH the Princess Royal rehomed Annie from World Horse Welfare
5. Valegro - Reigning Olympic and World Dressage Champion ridden by Charlotte Dujardin
6. Big Star - 2016 Olympic Show Jumping Champion ridden by Nick Skelton
7. Cassionata - Competed in the Show Jumping at the 2016 Olympic Games for team GB. ridden by Michael Whitaker
9. Uthopia - 2012 Olympic Team Dressage Champion for team GB, ridden by Carl Hester
10. Nip Tuck - 2016 Olympic Team Silver medallist in Dressage, for team GB ridden by Carl Hester
11. Ballaseyr Royale - Dressage champion and represented Team GB at Olympic, World and European championships and the FEI World Cup finals. Team Bronze medallist for team GB at the European Championships in 2003 ridden by Richard Davison
12. Marakov - British Grand Prix level Champion 2014, ridden by Michael Eilberg
13. Leonidas II - Competed in Three Day Eventing at the 2016 Olympics for New Zealand, ridden by Sir Mark Todd
14. Valerius - Individual and Team Champion and Freestyle Silver medallist at the 2016 Paralympics, for team GB ridden by Sophie Wells
15. Billy the Biz - Competed in Three Day Eventing at the 2016 Olympics, for team GB ridden by Pippa Funnell MBE
16. Jakarta - Top eventing horse who won at Hartpury CIC3, Houghton CIC3 and Aston le Walls, ridden by Piggy French
17. Don Geniro - Competed in Three Day Eventing at the 2016 Olympics for China, ridden by Alex Hua Tian
18. Harbour Pilot C - Competed at Badminton Horse Trails, ridden by Alex Hua Tian
19. Our Cashel Blue - Supreme Horse of the Year Show at the Horse of the Year Show, ridden by Allister Hood
20. Jack the Giant - won the coveted SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse show class at Horse of the Year Show, ridden by Allister Hood
21. Working Shoes Crafted through World Horse Welfare’s Welfare’s International projects, helping to develop farriery skills in some of the World’s poorest countries
22. World Horse Welfare Digger - World Horse Welfare’s adoption horse. He is one of the tallest horses in Europe
23. World Horse Welfare May - World Horse Welfare’s adoption horse and the muse for Judy Boyt’s Invisible Horse Trail Sculpture.
24. Seamus - Atkinson Action Horse and features as Ross Poldark’s Horse in the hit BBC drama Poldark
25. World Horse Welfare Pie - Pie’s life has been transformed by his rehomer who regularly competes this super horse
26. World Horse Welfare Baron - Inspiration for the Kelpies at the Falkirk Wheel
27. World Horse Welfare Duke - Inspiration for the Kelpies at the Falkirk Wheel
28. Denman - Won the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the 2007 and 2009 Hennessy Gold Cup Handicap Chase , ridden by Sam Thomas and Ruby Walsh
29. Golden Horn - 2015 Epsom Derby winner,and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, ridden by Frankie Dettori
30. Many Clouds - Won the 2015 Grand National and Hennessey Gold Cup, ridden by Leighton Aspell
31. The Last Samuri - 2nd in 2016 Grand National Prolific National Hunt Horse, came 2nd in the 2016 Grand National, ridden by David Bass
32. Merlin - World Mounted Games Champion ridden by Ben Hopkins
33. Headmore Delegate - Grand Prix Dressage rising star ridden by by Alice Oppenheimer
34. Nobilis 18 - The actual shoes from when he won the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in 2016 with Christopher Burton
35. Sprinter Sacre - Completed a rare hat-trick of success at all three of the major spring festivals - at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown in 2013, and then won the Queen Mother Chase again in 2016, ridden by Nico de Boinville.
36. High Kingdom - 2012 Olympics Team Silver medallist in Three Day Eventing for team GB, ridden by Zara Tindall.
38. Vicente - Winner at Cheltenham and the Scottish Grand National.
39. San Benedeto - Winner of the 2017 Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase.
40. Pacha Du Polder - Winner of the Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase and the Gold Cup Handicap Chase.
41. Silviniaco Conti - Winner of the 2016 Betfair Ascot Chase and the 2015 Betfred Bowl Chase.
42. Merigo - 2 times winner of the Scottish Grand National, the shoes were worn when he won in 2012.