Not only was World Horse Welfare Clippy the first pony to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the model behind a stunning horseshoe sculpture and a star attraction at Badminton Horse Trials, but he is also the latest pony to join World Horse Welfare’s adoption scheme, little over a year since he was rescued from terrible conditions.
Clippy was discovered in February 2016 abandoned in a dilapidated stable, emaciated and knee deep in filth. The roof of the structure had collapsed in on him and he was surrounded by rusting metal, wood and debris with no access to food and water.
Thankfully, Clippy was rescued and taken into the care of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset where he has made a fantastic recovery to become the handsome, confident pony he is today.
In May this year, Clippy’s incredible story was brought to life through World Horse Welfare’s garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in celebration of the charity’s 90th anniversary where Clippy met a host of celebrities from Kirstie Allsopp to Deborah Meaden and Rachel Riley.
Clippy is now taking up the reins as adoption horse at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset, replacing previous adoption pony, May, who has now been rehomed.
Supporters who adopt Clippy will receive regular updates on his progress and invites to special events – all whilst knowing they are helping World Horse Welfare rescue and rehabilitate many more horses and ponies just like him.
World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm Assistant Manager, Grace Vooght, has worked with Clippy since his arrival at the farm. She said: “It’s been incredible to see Clippy grow and develop during his time with us. Not only has his physical appearance and condition improved dramatically, but his personality and confidence have also flourished.
“Upon arrival he had quite a listless demeanour and it was clear he’d been through a terrible time. Whilst he was undoubtedly nervous of humans, he has always been very willing to put his trust in the team here at the farm as if he understands that he’s now in a safe place.
“In addition to his rehabilitation, Clippy has taken so well to becoming a true ambassador for World Horse Welfare – enjoying his various public engagements at local schools and events as well as Badminton Horse Trials and the Chelsea Flower Show. He loves meeting people and is a great character so we are sure he will take well to his role as our new adoption horse. He looks forward to welcoming many more of his fans to Glenda Spooner Farm!”
To adopt Clippy visit: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/adopt