My entry for ArtPrize Eight involved a series of oil paintings portraying children and horses interacting for the mutual benefit of both creatures. Therapeutic Equestrian ranches have been shown to benefit special children who interact with horses. My friend, Whitney's, dream includes rescuing abused and abandoned horses and mini horses and use them for therapy of children with physical or emotional challenges and those who have been bullied or abused. Whitney and I have worked to educate and counsel children about bullying in local schools and would like to provide a summer camp for these children as well. The use of mini horses would allow us to bring horses to shut-in and hospitalized children. My exhibit includes 6 large unframed oil paintings on hardboard mounted to carpeted panels. Shown in the exhibit was a special young boy brushing his horse before his riding experience, a young girl with cancer, hugging a mini horse like her teddy bear, and a young woman reaching out to a mini hose from her wheel chair. One panel showed Whitney giving her mini horse, Jewel, a loving stare. Two panels featured Whitney's niece, Mackenzie as she cuddles with Jewel in one and in another she reads a story to Jewel. Fifty percent of any net proceeds won would have been put in a trust for Whitney's dream.
Robert R. Williams