Clippy's Story wins Gold at Chelsea Flower Show with the Help of 'Celebrity' Equine Friends

Written by Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:30
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Inspired by the work of the charity World Horse Welfare, a garden has been created to highlight the plight of abandoned and neglected 'invisible horses'. The charity is celebrating a 90 year legacy of helping horses, and the artisan garden designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith has been generously funded by by a private donor.

The garden is designed to be thought-provoking and emotive, encouraging visitors to reflect on the plight of neglected and abused horses and take action to help them.

It tells the simple story of a pony, Clippy, who was rescued from a terrible situation and nursed back to health under World Horse Welfare's care. Clippy's journey begins in a small, derelict stable situated in a dark corner of the garden and surrounded by weeds, undergrowth and plants poisonous to horses. The tale of Clippy's rescue continues along a pathway of rehabilitation, which leads to a bright open meadow filled with colourful wildflowers, soothing herbs and stunning wild grasses. A deliberately narrow stream runs through the meadow.

Clippy is visualised in a stunning life-size sculpture created from horsehoes by renowned sculptor, Tom Hill. The sculpture features horseshoes from nearly 40 'celebrity' horses and ponies, including Olympic gold medallists Big Star and Valegro as well as three of Her Majesty The Queen's Windsor grey horses.

Votes are being taken for the People’s Choice Award, and World Horse Welfare is urging its supporters to vote for it, in the Artisan Garden category.

Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, elements of the World Horse Welfare garden will be used as part of individual ‘In Memory’ gardens at each of the charity’s four Rescue and Rehoming Centres around the UK – creating a legacy which can be enjoyed by visitors to the centres for many years to come and highlighting how important gifts in wills are to the charity.

'Celebrity' Horseshoes used in the sculpure:

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
8. Viking - 2013 Longines Show Jumping Global Tour, Madrid Grand Prix winner  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  Team Bronze  medalist 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

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