Wednesday 14th of February 2024

Badminton Fence Design Winners

Eight year-old Lyla Mainwaring and fifteen year-old Chloe Spence-Gray, have been chosen as the winners in a competition to design charity World Horse Welfare’s cross country fence at the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

World Horse Welfare Badminton Fence Design Competition Winners

Both Chloe’s inspiring design of a horse’s head seen in a close up of a human eye and Lyla’s creation of a horse made from horseshoes and planting, will now be brought to life at the prestigious Gloucestershire event in May which draws in crowds of up to 150,000 people every year.

Both girls entered the competition to design an element of World Horse Welfare’s Garden Gate fence as part of its Charity of the Year status at the iconic event.

Chloe Spence Gray and her horse Stanley. World Horse Welfare Competition

Chloe Spence Gray and her horse Stanley

Chloe, a student at East Leake Academy in Loughborough, was inspired to enter the competition to help raise the plight of horses in need and make a difference to their lives across the world. She explains the inspiration behind her idea:

“The invisible horse theme inspired me as something like this brings communities together, and gives people a realisation of the sad realities that are never fully brought to life. I really want to be part of a group of people who will spread the word and make a difference to all the horses that are often invisible to the naked eye as is shown in my design.”

Lyla Mainwaring and her pony Ronnie. World Horse Welfare Competition

Lyla Mainwaring and her pony Ronnie

Lyla, a student at Amesbury School in Hindhead, based the design on her own pony, Ronnie, after finding out about the competition from Pony Magazine. She explains the inspiration behind her idea:

“My design is a lying down topiary pony made from old rusty horseshoes. The front of the pony is looked after and cared for, planted with lovely flowers and lush grass and moss so he is all bushy and green. The back section is not being looked after and is just rusty old horseshoes so the pony is becoming invisible.”

Chloe and Lyla have now won the chance to attend Badminton Horse Trials in May and see their designs brought to life on the iconic cross country course which will be jumped by some of the world’s top eventers.


World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said: 

“We were so impressed with all of the amazing entries we received to the fence design competition, but both Chloe’s and Lyla’s really stood out from the crowd as beautiful ways to visualise our invisible horse theme. We can’t wait to see the designs in pride of place at Badminton in May and hope Chloe and Lyla have wonderful days out to see their work in action!” 


World Horse Welfare has named 2016 the year to highlight the world’s invisible horses who often suffer in silence as people either cannot or choose not to see them. 

From the horses left in barns and stables for weeks on end, to those working many hours every day on the streets of Choluteca in Honduras or Cape Town in South Africa who go unnoticed by governments and policymakers, to the horses transported long distances across borders to uncertain futures and those who sadly are sometimes found too late. 

World Horse Welfare will be focussing on a number of key themes as the year progresses including; foals, rescue and rehoming, working horses around the world and campaigning to improve laws to protect horses.

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