Well, tomorrow is a big day for racing fans around the world. If California Chrome wins the Belmont, he will be the 12th horse to do so! GO Chrome!!
In my last post I featured a bronze statue of a past Triple Crown winner, Secretariat.
And in this post, I will be featuring a horse that millions of people from around the globe loved…..
This statue of the famous racehorse, Barbaro, created by his owners, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Jackson. The sculpture stands at the entrance of Church Hill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum and was unveiled on April 26, 2009. Renowned equine sculptor Alexa King was selected out of a hundred of artists to depict Barbaro skimming the inside rail with Jockey Edgar Prado with all four feet off the ground at the Church Hill Downs Derby. Her exceptional talent has captured Barbaro’s beauty and spirit. She has been an artist all her life and her studio is in Versailles, KY . Barbaro’s remains were buried under the statue, as he will be remembered always~
Here are other artists that have depicted famous racehorses~
Born in Scotland ( currently living in Oman)
Susan Crawford was born in Scotland in 1941. She was raised on a farm were both her parents trained racehorses and she would ride horses all the time! Obviously, she has spent a lot of time with them to be able to portray their power and strength the way she does!
Susan is also a portrait painter , and has painted the portraits of five of the British royal family as well as the sultans of Brunei and Oman. Her painting of the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was exhibited National Portrait Gallery and her painting of Lester Piggott the jockey on Park Top was included in the Treasures of Chatsworth exhibition at the Royal Academy.
She studied in Italy, Ireland, USA and now resides in Oman , where her love for the camel was brought out!
Here are some other racing paintings from Susan Crawford~
Born in Kentucky (currently lives’ in Southampton, New York)
Henry Koehler was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1927. Currently living in NY, he is not only known for his racehorse paintings, but also for polo, fox hunting, animals and portraits scenes.
His first shows were in 1961 in Long Island NY at the Country Art Gallery and in NJ at the Spook Farm Gallery. And since that time, he has had shows across USA, Ireland, England, South Africa, and France!
Here are some amazing paintings from Henry Koehler~
Richard Stone Reeves
Long Island, NY
Richard Stone Reeves is one of the best known equine artists in the 20th century. He was born in NYC, but grew up in Garden City on Long Island. His father was a painter and his mother’s family owned racehorses, and living by the Belmont Park was what started his love of horses.
Richard Stone Reeves has over a dozen of his works in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in NY. I’d really like to go there one day!
Here are some other beautiful painting by Richard Stone Reeves~
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