Today I went to a May Bank Holiday Fete in a beautiful Cotswold village. On the way back I had to pop in to Ellenborough Park, which is a beautiful hotel at the foot of Cleeve Hill near the Cotswold Way. It is a gorgeous hotel, traditionally built in Cotswold stone. It dates back to the 16th century and it shows! It just oozes history. I have a soft spot for the hotel because my youngest daughter was married there in a most romantic ceremony.
In front of the hotel, facing Cheltenham racecourse, there is a magnificent life-size sculpture ~ of a horse. It is created from what looks like bronze wire and is very intricate!
I just love wire sculpture, especially natural subjects like horses and hares. I have added a link to an amazing artist in case you would like to see more. http://www.ruperttill.com/retrospective.html
Cheltenham is famous for horse racing and of course the Cotswold countryside lends itself to lots of equine establishments and pastimes. In 2011 the centenary of the Racecourse was celebrated with a Horse Parade with a difference. 10 Life size sculptures of horses were created and decorated to reflect their sponsors. The horses were displayed in prominent places around the town before being auctioned at the racecourse for various charities.
Thousands of pounds were raised for a variety of charities. Indeed Ellenborough Park raised £4,800 for a local cancer charity. If you would like to see pictures of all the horses, they are here http://www.cheltenhamartgallery.org.uk/Docs/horse%20parade%20auction%20leaflet_toprint.pdf