Suffolk Punch sculpture to raise funds

A SCULPTURE of a Suffolk horse made from scrap metal is being auctioned to raise money for the protection of its real life counterpart.Harriet Mead's sculpture, which measures 21 inches from nose to tail and 21 and a half inches from base of the tip of its ear, is made from burnt car bonnets welded together as well as chains, nails and barbed wire.

A SCULPTURE of a Suffolk horse made from scrap metal is being auctioned to raise money for the protection of its real life counterpart.

Harriet Mead's sculpture, which measures 21 inches from nose to tail and 21 and a half inches from base of the tip of its ear, is made from burnt car bonnets welded together as well as chains, nails and barbed wire.

Life members of the Suffolk Horse Society, John and Linda Godfrey, commissioned the metal Suffolk stallion and have now donated it to the society.

It will be auctioned on October 24 to raise money for the society's schemes to protect the future of the Suffolk Punch including the DNA testing of the horses, the collection and freezing of semen from the18 stallions and grants for people breeding the endangered specie.


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Animal artist, Ms Mead, who owns five horses, said the sculpture would probably fetch about £1,000 in a gallery.

She said: "I have been making lots of horses for the last four or five years and I have just completed a life size sculpture of a horse.

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"The thing with Suffolk horses is that they are incredibly solid and strong so they are perfect for the technique I use with the steel. I cannot do anything fluffy or with long hair, like Shire Horses.

"I hope it goes for a lot of money and then the charity will get the benefit for its work to help the breed.

"The trouble with the Suffolk horse is that they are the engines of the agricultural world and they are now rather obsolete in our society as we have no use for them anymore.

"They are very big creatures so are not generally very easy to horse riding. That's why they are not nearly as common as they should be."

Mrs Godfrey has been friends with Ms Mead for three years and her home in Burstall has acted as an unofficial gallery, promoting the steel sculptures to friends and family.

She said: "The Suffolk horse is just a beautiful thing and it lends itself so well to the scrap metal she uses. She has made horses before but they have been sold to people not connected to Suffolk. Living in Suffolk we wanted to support the Suffolk horses and keep the society going."

Amanda Hillier, administration secretary for the society, said she hoped there would be some frantic bidding at the dinner on October 24 in Elizabeth Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe.

She said: "It is an amazing thing actually. Harriet picks out the expressions of the horse perfectly and as you look at it from all different angles you almost expect it to move, which is incredible when you consider it is made from steel and nails."

The bidding is not just restricted to people attending the dinner and the society is taking sealed bids in advance.

Bids should be in excess of £750 and should be sent to the Suffolk Horse Society at The Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk. IP12 4LU. Envelopes should be marked Horse Auction and no money should be sent with the bid.

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