Montrose tattoo artist saddles up for auction

Judi Milnes design now it has been coloured-in

Judi Milnes design now it has been coloured-in

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A unique horse sculpture brought to life by a Montrose tattoo artist will be auctioned on Friday to raise money for an equine welfare charity.

Judi Milne, who owns Ink Minx, on Lower Hall Street, painted one of 14 sculptures for the Invisible Horse Trail, which aimed to put neglected horses in the picture and was held at Badminton Horse Trials this year.

Judi Milne's black and white design

Judi Milne's black and white design

To raise money for World Horse Welfare there will be an online auction and a live event at the BT Tower in London on Friday to showcase the horses.

The sculptures for the trail were based on May, a young horse who arrived at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre incredibly thin and badly neglected.

Badminton trophy designer Judy Boyt used May’s image as the basis for each horse sculpture.

Judi’s design was inspired by May’s story and the journey of recovery that she went on after being rescued by the charity.

Former Olympic gymnast and presenter Suzanne Dando got involved in painting the sculpture.

Former Olympic gymnast and presenter Suzanne Dando got involved in painting the sculpture.

Her black and white design was in the style of an adult colouring book, which was then ‘coloured-in’ by thousands of visitors to Badminton Horse Trials earlier this year – including international event riders Alex Hua Tian, Vittoria Panizzon and Mary and Emily King and former Olympic gymnast and presenter Suzanne Dando.

Judi said: “She is definitely the people’s horse now and I’m delighted at the amount of visitors who interacted with her at Badminton, including a few famous faces from the equestrian world.

“I think the finished result looks great, very colourful, and it’s nice to think she’ll have a little bit of everyone who contributed their time.”

Judi also painted Woodland Wullie for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail, who was sold at auction for a £16,000 to Euromillions winner Gillian Bayford, as well as one of the sculptures Wild Dolphin trail in Aberdeen, which sold for £15,000.

She added: “I will be attending the auction, which I’m extremely excited about. After being part of the Dolphin and Oor Wullie Bucket Trails I couldn’t miss seeing May go up for auction too and hope she raises as much as Inky Blooms and Woodland Wullie.’’

The online auction closes on Thursday (November 3) and these bids will be fed into a live auction (invite only) on Friday (November 4) at the BT Tower with auctioneer and racing presenter, Mike Cattermole.

You can also submit a maximum bid to bid on your behalf.

Top bidders will be notified on November 7 and delivery will be arranged at the bidder’s expense.

Visit the online auction site: www.invisiblehorseauction.com