Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thoroughbred Park, Lexington, KY

On day three of my trip to Berea, KY we drove to Lexington to have afternoon tea at the Greentree Tea Room.  Lexington, KY is known as the horse capital of the world.

We stopped at Thoroughbred Park to admire and photograph the amazing life sized equine sculpture of artist Gwen Reardon.



It’s not hard to see why many consider Ms. Reardon to be the best equine sculptor in the world.


It was thrilling to see these seven thoroughbred horses and jockeys captured in such detail, as if in the middle of a race.



You can get an idea of the scale of these works in this photo of Angela (Tea With Friends blog) on the left and myself.

We couldn’t stay long at the park, since our reservation for tea was at noon and that was another great experience I’ll share later.


Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.

- from The Horse by Ronald Duncan


Marilyn said...

Here I thought I had left a comment, but I see I haven't. Seeing the horses on several blogs, how fun is that.

Joy said...

Those horse sculptures are indeed amazing!

Angela McRae said...

Love reliving our stop to see the horses!

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