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

Please donate and help us reach our target.

£160,000
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Free Spirit Ambassadors

Simon Brooks-Ward CVO OBE TD

Simon Brook-Ward grew up in the equestrian world and has twenty five years in producing and directing equestrian shows, military tattoos and national events. 

Sarah Clegg

Sarah Clegg is a professional equestrian and sporting artist whos additional talents as a photographer are now recognised amongst the field sports and polo fraternity.

Richard Davison

Richard Davison has been at the fore-front of the international dressage world for almost four decades and is amongst the world's most experienced riders. 

John Fairley

John Fairley has written numerous books on equestrian art.  A noted documentary and sports televison producer he was Director of Programmes at Yorkshire Television. 

Paul Martin

Paul Martin is a TV Presenter, best known for being the presenter of various BBC antiques programmes including Flog It!

Richard Waygood MBE

Former Riding Master of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Richard Waygood has thirty six years of unique military and equestrian experience. 

Graham Winton PhD, FRGS, FRHistS

Dr Graham Winton has for many years studied military history and logistics and is the author of 'Theirs not to Reason Why' : Horsing the Brisith Army 1875-1925. 

What the horse means to me...

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
MBE
Free Spirit Ambassador

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