Well, It looks like the is going to be a Thoroughbred Weekend! There is a lots going on, so I decided to feature a very well known sculptor, Gwen Reardon!!!
Some of the thoroughbred events that are happening this weekend are:
Battle Of The OTTB’s : Ten OTTB – off the track Thoroughbreds – are to vie for the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred in a competition pitting the horses’ skills in 10 different equestrian disciplines.
The contest is the feature event of the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover: A Marketplace and National Symposium, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 4 and 5. Ten ex-racehorses will compete for the title and $10,000 in prize money. Online followers voted for their favorite contestant, and will vote again during the event itself.
Here’s the Link: http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/09/29/battle-ottb-multi-discipline-contest/#axzz3EnbxgsUC
Keeneland Fall Meet opens Friday, features first $1 million race and new dirt track surface this year! Next year, Keeneland will also be hosting the Breeder’s Cup in 2015!
Location: Lexington, Kentucky USA
The daughter of a prominent trainer, Gwen became an accomplished equestrienne at an early age. As a horse farm manager and a professional trainer of some forty years, she has worked with many breeds; Arabians, Saddlebreds, Morgans, Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. Gwen Reardon’s skillful interpretation of the individual spirit and personality of each horse that becomes the subject of her work is indeed the product of a lifetime of personal involvement.
The Studio of Gwen is conveniently located within minutes of the Kentucky Horse Park, Bluegrass Field, Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton and surrounded by many of the most prominent horse farms in the Bluegrass. The studio welcomes visitors by appointment or through Unbridled Horse Tours. Offering a unique opportunity for the public to observe the artist at work the studio will also offer private instruction as well as a gallery of sculpture, paintings, prints and posters. Individuals and groups are welcome to contact Gwen Reardon for appointments to tour the studio or information on instruction opportunities.
One of the most visible collection’s of Gwen Reardon’s work is in Lexington, Kentucky’s downtown Thoroughbred Park. The park is a
tribute to the thoroughbred race horse, and features thirteen sculptures. Seven life size bronze race horses and jockeys run
for the finish line. Also in the park are broodmares and foals and the great stallion Lexington. Here are the photos!
And now for smaller sculptures…..
Hope you have a a great Thoroughbred Weekend! Make sure to vote for your favorite “Most Wanted Thoroughbred”, too!