Horsing around with sculpture

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The horses may already have bolted, but there is one that is going to remain permanently in the parade ring at Thirsk Racecourse this season, thanks to an artist from Whitby.

A willow horse sculpture created by Emma Stothard will take pride of place at the venue from tomorrow until the end of the 2014 horse racing season.

Emma, who is co-owner of Green’s Restaurant with award-winning chef husband, Rob Green, delivered the creation to the course last week.

It is a willow depiction of a thoroughbred called “Warrior” which took five weeks to make.

She has loaned it to the course in recognition of it being the Chinese Year of the Horse.

In the past Emma has exhibited in Japan and Singapore as well as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and her clients include the Prince of Wales.

She told the Whitby Gazette: “I was approached by the racecourse and asked if I would like to exhibit for the season and I had one available.

“It is great to get my work in as many different places as I can. I sculpt a lot of horses and to have a display at a racecourse is better because it is going to be seen by people who are involved in horses, racing and have that interest.

“It’s great exposure and spreads the word about what I do.”

Racecourse manager James Sanderson said: “We are thrilled to have Emma’s amazing willow horse on display at Thirsk this season, which is a fitting way to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse.

“Emma’s work has been exhibited far and wide in the UK and overseas and we are very honoured that she should agree to provide a piece for us to exhibit here at Thirsk races.”