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Every year, new horses and jockeys ride into legend competing in the Kentucky Derby. But this year, Pegasus, Black Beauty and more than 70 other human and equine heroes from equestrian legend will gallop alongside them in a nationally-touring exhibit hosted by the new Oldham County Public Library through May 24.
The exhibit, “The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life,” features photos of today’s horses and riders paired with quotations from the world’s great books. “All of us know and love the winged horses of Churchill Downs. But how many of us would be astonished to discover that the horses of myth and literature are alive and thriving in our neighborhoods, too?” said the artist, equine photographer Vanessa Wright. Showcasing first-time riders through Special Olympic and Olympic champions, and equestrian disciplines ranging from carriage driving and show-jumping to jousting and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), The Literary Horse provides visitors with a real-life tour of horse-lovers’ favorite classics, such as the Iliad, Richard III, and Don Quixote, as well as beloved children’s tales, such as Cinderella, The Arabian Nights, and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Because it is housed at the Oldham County Public Library, after touring the scenes of heroic horses and horse-people, visitors can trot on over to the shelves and jump into the books that follow their adventures. “Oldham County has a rich heritage of horsemanship,” said Bethany Morse, outreach librarian at the Oldham County Public Library. “What better way to celebrate such a wonderful part of our community history, and what better time than at Derby? With the new facilities available to the library, we want to touch different aspects of county life,” Morse said. “The library is a place for art, community, education, and entertainment. And yes, the library is definitely a place for horses.” “The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life” is on display through May 24 at the Oldham County Public Library in La Grange. Admission is free. For information, visit www.theliteraryhorse.com. Meet the Artist Vanessa Wright will be at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 21 at the Oldham County Public Library. She’ll also be on hand for a local photo shoot. Are you an equestrian who would like to be included in this exhibit? For information, call Bethany Morse at 222-9713, ext.302