Artwork on horse lore gets a leg-up
THE proposed Warwick equestrian sculpture project has had new life breathed into it.
The 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop has agreed to become the incorporating body for the project, which will honour Warwick's connection with the horse,meaning it can now receive a State Government grant, subject to approval.
Artist John Simpson and financial director of the project Dr Henry Osiecki had been ruled ineligible for a grant because they would have been a private enterprise.
However, 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop president Jennifer Marshall helped out by organising a members vote in regards to becoming the incorporated body for the project.
"The sculpture wouldn't have gone ahead without this move," Mr Simpson said.
"What Light Horse did is remarkable."
Having pushed for the sculpture since the mid 2000s, Mr Simpson is pleased to have made progress.
"We've been refused grants twice by the arts body issuing the grant," he said.
"The application was made just over a week ago for a State Government grant.
"We'll know by the end of June if it's been approved.
"We're just thrilled to be able to honour the men and their horses that fought for our country."
Mr Simpson said it would not take long to finish the project if the grant was approved.
"Once we get the grant approved, it will only take three to four months to build," Mr Simpson said.
"I would like to think it will be built by the rodeo."
Mrs Marshall said she was pleased Light Horse could support the project.
"We're both trying to do the same thing: honour those that came before us.
"It's only sensible we support the project," she said.
"Our aim is to remember the Light Horsemen.
"This sculpture will put their contributions into context," Mrs Marshall said.
Mrs Marshall said horses were an important part of Warwick's history.
"Horses have obviously ceased as a mode of transport since the war, but their use as a sporting companion has continued," she said.
"The Warwick Show and Rodeo exemplifies that.
"Horses and horsemanship are particularly important in this area."