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Horses & Other Equines Statues (page 1)

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Giant Rocking Horse
Winchendon, MA
The original Giant Rocking Horse was built in 1912 by Morton Converse, the owner of the big toy company in town. The 12 foot tall grey hobby horse was named "Clyde" and made from nine pine trees. It was a copy of the company's #12 rocking horse. In 1914, the statue was entered in the local parade to celebrate the town's 150th anniversary. Winchendon was considered the toy production capital of America and nicknamed "Toy Town". The statue was moved to the railroad station for about 20 years. Then in 1934, it was moved to the Toy Town Tavern for about 30 years. After that, the statue was put in storage and fell into disrepair. In 1988, a new 12 foot tall horse was produced, using the original as a model. This statue was named "Clyde II" and put in the covered pavilion where it is today. For more, see this website. [map]

More Rocking Horses:
Innisfil, ON

Trojan Horse
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Caesars Palace
Atlantic City, NJ
The Trojan Horse is a 65 foot tall wooden horse with strobe light eyes. He was built in 1998. He stands in front of the Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. I believe this is the go-kart track going through his belly. There was also a Giant Trojan here. For more, see this website. [map]

Caesars Palace opened in 1979. This fountain statue represents Caesar in a triumphal chariot with four horses. [map]

Garden City
Party Store [gone]
Garden City, MI
Hy-Flash Beer & Ice
Oregon, OH
Penn Tavern
Morrisville, PA
The Garden City Party Store featured this Budweiser Clydesdale installed on a trailer. This photo is from 2010. By 2011, the statue was gone. [photo thanks Mark Comstock]

The Budweiser Clydesdale at Hy-Flash Beer & Ice is installed on the roof. It is from the same mold as the one in Garden City. [map]

Another Budweiser Clydesdale is installed over the entrance of Penn Tavern. I believe all three of these statues were produced by FAST. [map]

Draft Horses
Hesperia, CA
These Draft Horses are located at Main Street Collectors which produces and sells all kinds of fiberglass statues.

Horsemen's Headquarters
Salina, KS
Thoroughbred Lounge
Louisville, KY
Horse
Las Cruces, NM
The horse at Horsemen's Headquarters appears to be an Arabian. [map]

The Thoroughbred Lounge features two of these horse and jockey pairs on the roof. [map]

The Horse statue in Las Cruces is installed in front of a closed saddlery shop. The sign pole appears to be from a former Phillips 66 station. [map]

Horse
Quapaw, OK
Horse
Grand Rapids, MI
Horse
Nashville, TN
This Horse statue in Quapaw is located at an unidentified horse ranch. [map]

This Horse statue in Grand Rapids is located inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

This Horse statue in Nashville was installed on a trailer at the BP gas station next to the Music Valley Wax Museum of the Stars. These photos are from 2010. Shortly after that, the statue was moved to a nearby Citgo station. This Tennessee Walking Horse statue was built by International Fiberglass. Now stationary, the horse's head moved up and down and its right front foot stamped the ground (see this video). At least one of these statues was displayed with a rider on a billboard for Tennessee Walker Whisky [photo thanks Terry Nelson]. I don't know if the rider was optional or if that was the only statue that had one. Another one of these horses in Manchester, TN has been located at Interstate Liquor since 1972. The horse's head and foot still move. The owner believes that there were four of these statues made in 1971.

There is also another one of these horses at the Frugal MacDoogal liquor store in Nashville, TN. It is believed that this photo showing one of these horses with three legs has been repaired and is the one located at Frugal MacDoogal. The fourth statue was in Berry Hill, TN. The exact location is unknown. It was in poor condition and may have been destroyed.

Equine Gatherings
Metamora, MI
Horse and Cow
Skokie, IL
This horse statues shown in this row are the most common. I believe the model was first produced by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals. Around 1963, International Fiberglass purchased the company and began using the same molds.

Equine Gatherings, a tack shop, features a handprint-covered fiberglass horse. [photo thanks Mark Comstock] [map]

This fiberglass Horse and Cow stand in front of Levy Venture Management. Does anyone know more about them? [map]

Horse
Charles Town, WV
Horses
Merrill, WI
This Horse in Charles Town is installed on the porte-cochere of the Turf Motel. [map]

These Horses in Merrill are installed at a ranch and/or dairy farm. [map]

Horse and Carriage
San Jose, CA
This Horse and Carriage was installed on the roof of the Normandin Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership in 1969. For more, see this website. [map]

Centerville Western Wear
Oak Grove, OR
Hoggan's
Western Shop
Rupert, ID
Green Horse
Night Club
Inglewood, CA
Centerville Western Wear features this Palomino Quarter Horse on the roof. [map]

Hoggan's Western Shop opened in 1956. The store closed in 1976. The business continues at the same location as Hoggan’s Custom Canvas & Leather now. This sign and statue remain installed over the store. [map]

The Green Horse Night Club opened in 1958. [map]

Jedlicka's Saddlery
Santa Barbara, CA
Jedlicka's Saddlery
Los Olivos, CA
Christesen's Western
& English Saddlery
Pleasanton, CA
Lamas Western Wear
San Jose, CA
The horse statue at Jedlicka's Saddlery in Santa Barbara originally had a saddle and bridle. The horse at the Los Olivos location has a more modern looking horse statue. Both statues are wheeled in and out of the store each day. [Santa Barbara map]; [Los Olivos map]

This horse statue at Christesen's Western & English Saddlery is also located on a base with wheels for outside daytime display. [map]

This horse statue at Lamas Western Wear is stationed in front of the building during the day. For more, see this website. [map]

Main Street
Army Navy
Bozeman, MT
Salem Feed
& Grain [gone]
Salem, CT
Gold Horse
Fresno, CA
Bucking Horse
Bonsall, CA
The rearing, fiberglass horse statue in Bozeman was located at Main Street Army Navy when this photo was taken in 2008. The statue was originally installed in front of the Country West store in the 1960s. Country West closed in 1997 and the statue was moved in front of the Masonic Lodge where it is located today. It is technically owned by the Masons. Main Street Army Navy closed in 2009. The ground floor store now houses Bangtail Bike & Ski. This statue remains. From the beginning, this statue has been installed on a revolving base. The statue is nicknamed Old Yeller. I believe these rearing horse statues were produced by the Fiberglass Menagerie in Alpine, CA. Apparently, they were also produced by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals in Lawndale, CA. I don't know which company created the design. These statues were also later produced, or at least listed in 1970s advertising materials by International Fiberglass in Venice, CA. For more, see this website. [map]

Salem Feed & Grain had another example of this classic rearing horse statue. This photo is from 2009. By 2013, it appeared that the statue was gone. There are numerous others around the country. I have seen promotional materials from the 1970s from the Fiberglass Menagerie Company in Alpine, CA showing this design. However, I don't know if that's where these statues came from or another company used those molds.

This Gold Horse stands next to Luftenburg's Bridal. It was restored in 2013. The building originally housed Cuttings Golden Horse, a Western wear and tack store. This is actually the second horse at this location. The first one was installed around 1969 but was stolen in the 1990s and replaced. [map]

This Bucking Horse model was originally produced by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals. The mold was used later by International Fiberglass. This statue in Bonsall is located on private property.

Alcala's Western Wear
Chicago, IL

Alcala's Western Wear was founded in 1972. I don't know when these fiberglass horses were installed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Trigger
Apple Valley, CA
Trigger was the famous horse of the singer and actor, Roy Rogers. The horse appeared in all of Rogers' movies. This 24 foot tall, fiberglass statue was produced by Fiberglass Menagerie of Alpine, CA in 1975. It was originally located at the Roy Rogers Museum in Apple Valley. In 1976, the museum and statue were moved to Victorville, CA. At that point, the museum was renamed the Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum. In 2003, the museum and statue moved again to Branson, MO. That museum closed in 2009. In 2010, the statue was purchased and brought back to Apple Valley which was the Rogers' hometown. The statue is now located at the Sunset Hills Memorial Park. These photos are from 2015. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

With Roy Rogers' consent, when the statue of Trigger was produced, an identical statue was made for the Denver Broncos in 1975. After that, the mold was destroyed. This statue is painted white and is known as Bucky Bronco. The statue was installed inside the Broncos' Mile High Stadium. In 2001, the statue was moved to the new stadium when the Broncos moved to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO.

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