2008 – Shirley Heights


As a stallion, Shirley Heights’ contribution to the modern thoroughbred was colossal.  Owned by Lord Halifax and trained by John Dunlop, Shirley Heights won the 1978 Derby and went onto become a ‘sire of sires’ topping the British Stallion leader board on numerous occasions.

I had made a bronze study of the great horse 15 years earlier when he was standing at the Royal Stud Sandringham, so with that information in mind together with the trainer’s considerable knowledge to guide me, I depicted him rearing because “that was one of the first things he did when he arrived at Arundel” said the trainer handing me a wonderful photograph to prove it.

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