The artistic and equine communities from throughout the Headwaters region came together for a celebration of excellence on Monday, May 25th at the Best Western in Orangeville, all in anticipation of the upcoming TO2015 Pan Am Games.

The Headwaters Parade of Horses were the centrepiece of the evening and the artists who brought these 26 horses to life were honoured by the guests in attendance, as well as municipal government representatives, the business community, and the generous patrons who purchased the horses as a legacy to the equestrian events of the TO2015 being hosted in Headwaters Horse Country.

Over the past month, the life-size fibreglass statues have been resident guests at the Caledon Equestrian Park, visited regularly by their “artists” who painstakingly and lovingly brought them to life.   By the end of the process, the horses all had names and definite personalities that reflected the vision and inspiration of their artists.

The Headwaters Parade of Horses was an undertaking of the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group, a group of very active volunteers who are working to position the Headwaters region as a centre of equine excellence in the province of Ontario.  According to committee chair, Ross Millar, “the Parade of Horses is a way to highlight Headwaters Horse Country to international visitors during the Pan Am Games, and to showcase the high calibre of artistic talent found in the region.”

The public were invited to purchase one of the horses in the parade, and the 26 patrons who are now “horse owners “stepped up to generously support this undertaking, and help bring the vision to life.

The 26 statues in the Parade of Horses are a result of the following matches being made at the Parade of Horses event on May 25th:

Horse: Artist(s) Purchaser
Alton the Handsome Alton Mill Arts Centre artists Hidden Creek Farm
Banbury’s Cross Wendy McLeod Dutch Masters
Bernard Silver Creek Arts Project Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites
Celebrate Ann Randeraad Dutch Masters
Charlie Britta Elmberg Susan Grange
Cricket Dorothee Cosack Dutch Masters (Henry Farm)
Follow Your Dreams Marie Bartholomew Home Hardware Orangeville
Future Past 2412 Local Colour Aurora Town of Erin
Hickstead Kyryl Volovik & Kseniya Soldatenko Ronan Realty Brokerage
High Spirits Dancer Calypso Laura Savoy Boyle Private donation to Hickstead Park
Le Cheval de Feu David Aspenlieder Professional Farrier Supply
Love for Humanity Sharon Sanzo Brownsville Junction
Lucky Buck Amanda Melinz Rosemont General Store
Missy Deborah Jolly Dutch Masters
Razzle Dazzle Michaela Macleod, Scott Barker & Nicolas Croft King Parks, Recreation & Culture
Rosie Sally R. Mappin & Susan Powell Jefferson Mappin
Seahorse Jacqueline England Mono Plaza
Shikoba Laura Tomona Osprey Valley Golf
Silhouette Ellen Cameron Winsong Farm
Some Gave All Emily Oakes Ross Millar, Jim Phillips, Terrance Millar, Jeffery Begg, Frank Tucker, Jorge Bernhard & Graeme Thom
The Conqueror Carolina Remmig-Drenters Angelo Santorelli
Titan of Magnificence King’s College School Running Fox
Where Dreams Begin Linda Shantz & Renee Fukumoto Rock Garden Farms
Hockley David Arrigo Hockley General Store
As yet unnamed Sara Maston Priestly Demolition

 

From mid-June through to the end of August 2015, the Parade of Horses will be on display at various locations in Caledon, Dufferin County, Erin, and King Township, and visitors and residents will have an opportunity to follow the “trail”, take their photos with the horses, and learn the story about the inspiration for each of these magnificent works of art.  A location map and trail details are available at www.headwatershorsecountry.ca