VALEGRO THE SCULPTURE
Valegro - The Dancing Horse
Valegro The Dancing Horse is a wonderful community sculpture project set within the heart of Newent, an historical and enterprising rural town in Gloucestershire.
The aim of the project is to create an innovative new public sculpture, inspired by the astounding career of Valegro, the world-famous Olympic champion dressage horse; at the same time the project is about inspiring local communities and raising the profile of Newent and Gloucestershire.
Valegro is a horse who took the sporting world by storm at the Olympics in both the UK and Brazil. In an unprecedented career, he became concurrent Olympic, World and European Gold and a World No 1 ranking under rider Charlotte Dujardin. From gangly youngster to ‘best in the World’, Valegro is widely celebrated for revolutionising the centuries-old sport of dressage, and during his astounding career won the hearts of both equestrian specialists as well as the general public, who were simply captivated by his skill and special relationship with his rider Charlotte Dujardin. Voted the nation’s favourite horse, he has achieved world-wide fame. He is jointly owned by Anne Barrott, Roly Luard and Carl Hester MBE. Carl runs the successful yard in Newent where Valegro’s career was nurtured and where he now spends his retirement.
Newent Initiative Trust
The organisation leading on this project is Newent Initiative Trust (NIT); the Trust is a registered charity (no. 1074500), which was established in 1999 to help make Newent and the surrounding areas a better place to live, work and visit. The Charity works to support disadvantaged local groups including younger and older people, and those with learning difficulties and mental health issues, through delivering arts and culture, and community development and engagement projects. The Trust is working in partnership with local artists and cultural organisations, combined with the sporting experience of Carl Hester’s stables, to develop this wonderful project.
In collaboration with Carl Hester MBE, the Trust is commissioning a public artwork to provide inspiration for people throughout Gloucestershire by celebrating the acclaimed career and international achievements of Valegro, who broke every world record in the sport of dressage.
￼The sculpture, which will be a half-life sized portrait of Valegro in bronze, will be sited in a prominent public location in the centre of Newent. The sculpture will be a superb artwork that creates a permanent landmark, captivating local residents and visitors to the area for years to come.
The project is truly ‘homegrown’ with Valegro, his owners and rider all Gloucestershire based, as is the chosen artist sculptor Georgie Welch. She has already started to study Valegro, measuring him and watching him work. She will work with Carl to develop a unique sculptural representation of Valegro ‘dancing’. The sculpture will be cast in bronze and will show Valegro at his very best.
The sculpture will be a high quality permanent landmark that will undoubtedly enhance the environment of the town centre, and boost local civic pride. It is hoped that the sculpture project will inspire an education programme involving local schools and community groups with perhaps a special artistic opening for the sculpture’s launch in
This tribute to Valegro will be developed during 2018, and a model produced in the autumn 2018, with the final sculpture launch taking place in spring 2019.
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Thank you to the below donors for their generous support
JANE HENSON HORNE HELEN DITCHKUS KAREN MILLAR LAURENCE VALLAEYS NATASCHA WEBER
DAWN WALKER ALEXANDRA HOLMES CAROL SNELL
DANIIL RIMMEL DAVID ROBINSON ANGELA DANBY KEITH URCH