World Horse Welfare Chairman, Barry Johnson, will retire from his post at the end of 2016 after five years in the position.  At his final World Horse Welfare Council meeting Barry was presented with an exquisite piece of art by world renowned equestrian fine art photographer – Matthew Seed – The Horse Photographeras well as receiving a certificate presented by World Horse Welfare President, HRH The Princess Royal, at the charity’s annual conference in November this year.

The breathtaking piece of artwork was taken at World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue & Rehoming Centre and features a mare and foal named, Minnie and Jubilee. The title of the stunning image is ‘Brand New and Beautiful’ which explains the journey the pair had taken from neglect to full, glowing health thanks to the dedicated care of the World Horse Welfare team.

Preston-born Barry had a successful career as a veterinary surgeon, setting up one of the largest veterinary practices in the North West and specialising in large animals before being appointed as official vet for Lancashire Constabulary’s mounted section. Barry was one of the longest serving members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons having attended 112 of its meetings as well as being president from 1993-1994. During his time as Chairman of World Horse Welfare Barry also served a year as High Sheriff of Lancashire, his home county.

Matthew is a regular supporter of World Horse Welfare and he visited Penny Farm in Lancashire, close to his childhood home, to photograph several of the rescued horses to help raise awareness of the work of the charity.

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