Clippy’s story the inspiration as Snetterton horse charity grabs gold at Chelsea Flower Show

World Horse Welfare's garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Photo: Basil Hayes.
World Horse Welfare's garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Photo: Basil Hayes.
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A Snetterton animal charity is celebrating after the story of one of its horses nursed backed to health proved to be the inspiration behind a Chelsea Flower Show-winning garden.

World Horse Welfare’s garden, designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, scooped a gold medal in the People’s Choice ward.

Throughout this exhilarating project to mark our 90th anniversary we have received incredible support at Chelsea and beyond

Roly Owers, chief executive, World Horse Welfare

The traditional wildflower garden tells the story of Clippy, a 12hh dapple grey pony, rescued from terrible conditions by the charity, this year celebrating its 90th anniversary, and nursed back to health.

It features a life-size sculpture of Clippy, made from horse shoes donated from famous equine personalities.

It was funded by a private donor, with the aim of shining a spotlight on the ‘invisible’ horses around the world whose suffering goes unnoticed or ignored.

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said: “We are both ecstatic and humbled to receive this award for our garden.

“Throughout this exhilarating project to mark our 90th anniversary we have received incredible support at Chelsea and beyond – and the fact that so many have taken the effort to vote for us is just awe-inspiring.

“In 1927 World Horse Welfare’s founder established the charity to raise awareness of the plight of desperately vulnerable horses. I really do feel that she would be so proud that we have received this breath-taking level public support this week.

“But Clippy’s story was all about highlighting the need for World Horse Welfare in 2017 – please call us if you are concerned about a horse and do consider getting involved with World Horse Welfare.

“We simply cannot help horses without you.”

For more visit their website at www.worldhorsewelfare.org