2004 – Ormonde

2004 - Ormonde Trophy by William Newton
2004 - Ormonde Trophy by William Newton

2004 - Ormonde Trophy by William Newton

Owned and bred by the Duke of Westminster, the Derby winner of 1886 was Ormonde, ridden by the great Fred Archer.  He was undoubtedly one of the outstanding horses of the century.

On researching Ormonde, I found that for me he represented the essence of a racehorse.  He never shirked a challenge and took on the very best horses around and beat them – he never knew defeat.  He had class, ability and courage and stood for all that is good in a racehorse.  The Duke of Westminster’s Estate Office supplied me with Ormonde’s exact measurements, together with lots of pictures of him.  Armed with this wealth of information, I made my sculpture a little less than one third life-size – four fifteenths to be exact – depicting him on his own with the entire emphasis on him as a racehorse.

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