Some of the greatest artists and personalities from around the U.K. will join sculptor Judy Boyt in creating a series of miniature fiberglass horses as part of an interactive sculpture trail for the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this May. But the real star of the show will be May, herself.

That is, May, the chunky pinto cob mare and World Horse Welfare adoption horse whose likeness will be used by Boyt to create the Invisible Horse Trail’s fiberglass statues.



When she arrived at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset, May had been abandoned in a field by her owners. She was sickly, underweight, and had been handled very little by humans—a prime example of what World Horse Welfare deems an “Invisible Horse”. May’s fiberglass replicas will be sold after the Horse Trials to benefit World Horse Welfare, Badminton’s partner charity.

An acclaimed artist and a lifelong horse woman, herself, Judy Boyt also sculpted Badminton’s iconic silver horse trophy back in 1992. You can check out the artist at work on May’s likeness, below, or see the Invisible Horse Trail in person at the Badminton Horse Trials, May 4-8, 2016.