VALEGRO THE SCULPTURE
Valegro - The Dancing Horse
A MAJOR NEW SCULPTURE COMMISSION FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Valegro The Dancing horse is an ambitious community sculpture project set within the heart of Newent, an historical and enterprising rural town in Gloucestershire.
The vision 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. 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. His owner and trainer, Carl Hester MBE, runs the successful stables 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. NIT will work in partnership with local artists and cultural organisations, combined with the sporting experience of Carl Hester’s Stables, to develop this ambitious project.
In collaboration with Carl Hester MBE, the dressage champion and owner of Valegro, NIT wish to commission 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 will be sited in a prominent public location in the centre of Newent, the Gloucestershire market town where Valegro resides. The sculpture will be a magnificent bronze artwork that creates a permanent landmark, captivating local residents and visitors to the area for years to come.
The project is truly ‘homegrown’, with the casting of the sculpture done by a local Gloucestershire based foundry. A leading equestrian sculptor will work closely with Carl Hester to study the horse and develop a unique sculptural representation of Valegro ‘dancing’. The artwork, whilst cast in bronze, will give the impression of being in graceful motion, about to step out from the street and dance across the town!
The sculpture will be a large scale and high quality permanent landmark that will enhance the environment of the town centre, and boost local civic pride. The sculpture project will be accompanied by an education programme involving local schools and community groups, inspired by Valegro’s children’s book series, culminating in a special artistic opening procession for the sculpture’s launch by local groups in 2018.
This tribute to Valegro will be developed during 2018, and a model produced in the spring 2018, with the final sculpture launch taking place towards the end of 2018.
Thank you to the below donors for their generous support
JANE HENSON HORNE