Our Mission

Free Spirit is a unique project that represents inclusiveness and demonstrates the partnership between horse and human that exists through history, work, rehabilitation, education, sport and leisure. The project is raising funds to create a life-sized bronze statue acknowledging the horse’s unfaltering service to mankind.  A site has been chosen at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The horse’s contribution to Britain’s rich history and culture is significant and the Free Spirit project has an ongoing commitment to educating people on the role played by the horse past to present.

This tribute shows endurance, service and partnership and represents quiet determination and trust, the inspiration for which came from young people.

"It is an honour to have horses in our lives and fitting to be able to respect their support and friendship in bronze to last for centuries"
Georgie Welch ASEA
Free Spirit Sculptress

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Simon Brooks-Ward CVO OBE TD

grew up in the equestrian world and has 25 years of experience in producing and directing equestrian shows, military tattoos and national events.

Sarah Clegg ASEA

is a professional equestrian and sporting artist whose additional talents as a photographer are now recognised as widely as her painting.

Richard Davison

Four time Olympian and former British Dressage Team Captain, Richard has been at the fore-front of the international dressage world for almost four decades.

John Fairley

is a noted documentary and sports television producer and author of numerous books on equestrian art including Horses of the Great War

Richard Waygood MBE

is former Riding Master of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and Chef d’Equipe to British equestrian teams

Dr Graham Winton

has for many years studied military history and logistics and is the author of ‘Theirs Not to Reason Why’: Horsing the British Army 1875-1925

Proposed Design

The design of the Free Spirit memorial will ensure access for everyone.

In the centre of a main paving flame of nonslip grey granite the “Free Spirit” sculpture will be mounted on an oval plinth. A horse shoe insert of black granite will provide an outline for the black granite benches arranged to depict the nail holes of a horse shoe.

The Horse knows no boundaries and does not judge or discriminate. Inclusiveness is extremely important to the Free Spirit project and a lower plinth height and providing spaces between benches for wheelchairs will create multiple points of access and allow all visitors to sit together. Informative plinths in unpolished black granite will incorporate braille.

The memorial will include a time capsule and everyone is welcome to include a quote and memory.


Maquette by Georgie Welch
Images by Allan Williamson


“Free Spirit demonstrates the way the horse has brought us together in peace time and war"

Richard Waygood
Free Spirit Ambassador


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