Rich woman tries to claim £2,000 from man who took a photo with her horse


A father who won holiday taking a selfie with a horse has been criticised by the horse’s owner who claims the prize should be hers.

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David with his son Jacob in the offending photo

When taking his three-year-old son for a family walk, David Bellis never thought that a funny selfie he snapped would go on to cause him so much drama.

31-year-old David submitted the photo to a Thomson Holiday’s Blue Monday #MadeMeSmile social media competition and to his surprise, he won a £2,000 holiday.

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David and his partner Rhian were over the moon as it would be their first family holiday with their son, Jacob. However, not everybody was as happy as David.

He was soon contacted by the horse’s owner, Nicola, who had purchased the horse three years ago for her daughter. Nicola thinks the whole thing was quite unfair as she had never given permission for David to take a photo of her horse.

Nicola said: “I was really annoyed to hear he had won a £2,000 holiday and had used a picture of our horse without our permission. He should have asked for our consent.

It’s not like it’s just £100. £2,000 is a lot of money and would go quite a long way for a family.

I didn’t give him permission to use our horse in a competition. I will be phoning Thomson Holidays to tell them what has gone on but I don’t know what they will do. But I will tell them I’m not happy.

There should be some token gesture as it is our horse that has really won them the holiday.

I didn’t even know that this competition was on. If I had known about it we would have entered it ourselves and could have won as Betty is always sticking out her tongue.”

Sour grapes? It didn’t end there. David, who works off-shore started receiving texts to this phone from Nicola’s friend saying what he did was “shameful and stupid” and that he was “worming his way into a £2,000 voucher”

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Harassing texts that David received

David, obviously bemused by the response he was getting, handled it with good humour, despite being concerned over the effect the backlash was having on his son, saying:

“Jacob is really upset and has been crying and asking me if we are not going to be allowed to go on the holiday anymore.

I don’t understand why Nicola is so annoyed about it. I was on a public path that everyone uses to go to the local school and everyone sees the horse there.”

In regards to the ‘token gesture’ that Nicola had demanded from the family, David said: “At first they thought I was winning £2,000 cash and were saying I should give them half, but it’s a holiday so they are not getting a penny. I’m not giving them the holiday either. They would have to come on the holiday with me – and that isn’t happening unless we’re both in a saddle together on the horse.”

Thomson Holiday’s terms and conditions of the competition state: “Any photos submitted which feature people must be of you or have been taken with the permission of the subject (and if they are under 18, the permission of their parents or guardians as well) and must not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. You warrant that the photo you submit is of you or your own work and that you own the copyright for it.”

Thomson Holidays later came back to confirm that they would be giving David and his family the holiday:

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