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Art of the Horse

Art of the Horse: 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar is more than just an art event.

Walking around our community and others in the vicinity this month, you will probably chance upon several fiberglass horse sculptures decorated by local artists.

These are life-sized artistic reproductions of the Torrie Horse used on the Breeders’ Cup Trophy and feature artwork and designs specific to the Breeders’ Cup, the Thoroughbred racing community, and local San Diego culture.

Behind the scenes, the process began as early as last year, with artists submitting conceptual drawings and sponsors purchasing these visually impressive horse sculptures. Sponsors choose which artist will paint or decorate the horse they have sponsored. When complete, the horses are placed on a stand along with signage at designated locations.

In October-November 2017, there will be an event where the horses will be auctioned. Proceeds benefit the community and festival events. This is part of the promotions and special events planned throughout the Del Mar Fair and Racing season. A map is available to visit all the locations where these sculptures are installed.

Mark your calendars ahead for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Festival, a weeklong celebration from October 28th to November 4th right here in Del Mar!