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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Young Free Spirit Ambassadors

Volunteer Ambassadors help to raise awareness of the Free Spirit project by attending events to talk about our work and encourage others to get involved in fundraising activity.  This really important role helps us to reach new people, inspire new fundraising activity, and thank our supporters for the work they are doing

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 seats 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.


"Horses have already given up so much for us and still do.
Their sacrifices have enabled us to live freely, in addition to giving up
countless lives; isn't it about time we started giving back?
That is why I support the Free Spirit - that's what its all about!"

Free Spirit Young Ambassador


Sarah Clegg 
Richard Davison 
John Fairley
Paul Martin
 Richard Wagood MBE

 Graham Winton PhD, FRGS, FRHistS

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