International charity World Horse Welfare raised more than £25,000 in its role as Charity of the Year at last month’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
There were thousands of visitors to the charity’s trade stand and cross country marquee over the five days of the event, a brilliant reaction to World Horse Welfare’s two main ring displays and countless children and adults alike enjoying the Invisible Horse Trail sculptures which were located around the trade stands and cross-country course.
World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said Badminton was a fantastic success in both raising funds and awareness of the charity, as well as providing the opportunity to engage with thousands of supporters.
Owers said the Invisible Horse Trail created a huge buzz throughout the five days of the event. “We are so grateful to all of the artists and sponsors who helped make this possible through their hard work and commitment.”
Rehoming was a key focus of the event, with the charity’s ‘Rehoming Café’ drawing huge interest from those looking for a new horse or pony, and the main ring displays showing the amazing talents the WHW horses and ponies have to offer.
“We also had extraordinary support from so many of the riders competing at Badminton. The Cross-Country Preview Evening organised by the Horse Trials Support Group and supported by Dodson & Horrell in aid of our charity, provided a fascinating insight to the course from Zara Tindall, Yogi Breisner, Harry Meade and Ian Stark, whilst Alex Hua Tian, Vittoria Panizzon, Mary and Emily King and many more all took part in helping to paint our ‘People’s Horse’ sculpture on the trade stand.
“This will be auctioned later in the year along with the other 14 horse sculptures,” Owers said.
“There are so many people to thank for supporting World Horse Welfare in making the most of this outstanding opportunity including Hugh Thomas, Jane Tuckwell and the whole team at Badminton who have been so helpful throughout.”
A band of 250 volunteers took part in a whole host of tasks from manning the Invisible Horse Trail sculptures to speaking to members of the public about our work and bucket collecting.
“Their enthusiasm and hard work was truly inspiring and I would like to express our sincere thanks to each and every one of them,” Owers said.