|Horses & Other Equines Statues (page 3)
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|Lloyd's of Lone Pine
Lone Pine, CA
Garden City, ID
|Busy Bee Cafe
Vero Beach, FL
I believe these rearing, fiberglass horses 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 original design. These statues were also later produced, or at least listed in 1970s advertising materials by International Fiberglass in Venice, CA.
The horse at Bangtail Bikes 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 has always been installed on a revolving base. However, I don't believe it spins anymore. The statue is nicknamed Old Yeller. [map]
Salem Feed & Grain had another example of this classic rearing horse. 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 the second horse at this location. The first one was installed around 1969 but was stolen in the 1990s and replaced. [map]
The white horse at Lloyd's of Lone Pine is named Frosty. [map]
This pink horse is one of two installed on the roof of The Pony strip club. There used to be an identical fiberglass horse painted a very shiny silver on the ground by the road. That statue disappeared around 2009. [map]
The horse in Garden City at the Somewhere Bar has been there since at least 2007 when the place was known as the Ranch Club. [map]
The horse at the Busy Bee Cafe has been there since at least 2008. The restaurant opened in 1969 and the horse might have been installed then. [map]
The horse in Vero Beach is known as Patriot. It has been installed in Pocahontas Park since around 1964. It was knocked over and damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. It was repaired and reinstalled in 2017. [map]
|Alcala's Western Wear
|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]
This Bucking Horse model was originally produced by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals. The mold was used later by International Fiberglass.
This horse in Bonsall is located on private property.
This horse in Bridgeport is installed in front of the Redwood Motel. It may have revolved at one time. [map]
Apple Valley, CA
Trigger was the famous horse of the singer and actor, Roy Rogers. The horse appeared in all of Rogers' movies. The 24-foot-tall, fiberglass horse in Apple Valley 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 horse 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. The horse is known as Bucky Bronco. The statue was installed inside the Broncos' Mile High Stadium. In 2001, the statue was moved to the team's new stadium, INVESCO Field at Mile High, now Empower Field at Mile High. [map]
|Horse and Rider
|Big Ben and Ian Millar
This Horse in Gallup is one of a pair installed next to the Ranch Kitchen sign. The restaurant is closed now but the Horses remain. In 2010, these horses were painted black. They had been painted turquoise sometime between 2012-2014. [map]
The Blue Mustang was installed at the Denver International Airport in 2008. The sculpture is 32 feet tall and features red eyes that glow at night. The artist, Luis Jimenez, was crushed by the sculpture during its construction. The demonic looking horse is unpopular and many people would like to see it removed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]
This Horse and Rider in Pickerington is installed next to a US Bank branch. It may be related to the Hunters Run Business Center nearby. Does anyone know more about this statue? [map]
|Horses and Riders
|There are a pair of these Horses and Riders installed at the entrance to the Woodhill Circle Plaza shopping center. They appear to be new. Lexington is home to the Kentucky Horse Park and calls itself the "Horse Capital of the World". [map]
|Horses and Riders
Van Nuys, CA
|This pair of Horses and Riders are located inside the Valley Relics Museum. They were originally installed in the late 1960s at the two entrances to the Porter Ranch Model Homes development near Chatsworth, CA. The statues went missing in the late 1980s and wound up near Palmdale, CA. After they were finally located and restored, they were loaned to the museum. The statues will eventually be moved back to the Porter Ranch neighborhood once a new city park is built. For more, see this website.
Overland Park, KS (now Independence, MO)
|The Overland Stagecoach fiberglass and wood statue was installed in front of the UMB Bank in 1971. In 2021, it was moved to Independence, MO. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]
The Horse in Wichita is about eight feet tall and is made from chrome car bumpers. The sculpture was created by John W. Kearney. It is installed in front of the Ruffin Building. There are also Kearney pig and giraffe sculptures inside the building. There is another Kearney horse at Wichita State University which was installed in 1973. There are two Kearney Longhorn Bulls in Wichita. For more, see this website. [map]
The Horse in Jacksonville is made from 1950s and 1960s car bumpers. It was created by Sean Guerrero to celebrate the Denver Bronco's 1987 Super Bowl appearance. The nearly 20-foot-long statue is installed in the parking lot of Ripley's Believe It Or Not. [map]
The first horse Horse shown above was installed in this shopping center in 2004. This statue was removed around 2020. Does anyone know where it is now? For more, see this website.
The second Horse shown above was also created by Sean Guerrero. It was built in 2004 and has been installed in front of a Safeway supermarket since at least 2008. [map].
The Horse in Hammonton stands on a pedestal in front of the Oriental White Horse Farm which is located on the White Horse Pike. For more, see this website. [map]
The Horse at the Abington Antique Shop looked like another homemade creation. This statue had no tail. In 2016, the statue was hit by a car and badly damaged. It was replaced with a fiberglass version. [map]
|Blackie was born in Kansas in 1926 and was later moved to California to become a rodeo cutting horse. After that, the horse was used by the U.S. Calvary in Yosemite Valley. In 1938, he was moved to Tiburon where he grazed and was fed carrots and apples by locals until passing away in 1966. This bronze sculpture was created as a tribute by Albert Guibara in 1995. The field in which it stands is now a park known as Blackie's Pasture. For more, see this website. [map]
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This Nag Horse in Wickenburg is installed above the sign at the Horspitality RV Park. Does anyone know if this horse represents a particular cartoon or comic strip character? [map]
This Nag Horse in Tucson was apparently made from the same mold as the one in Wickenburg. These statues were produced by Prewitt Fiberglass. This statue was installed in front of Southwest Animal Health when this photo was taken in 2012. By 2013, the statue was gone. The owner of the Silverbell Nursery is storing it at his home.
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