Legendary Horses Tour Public Libraries

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World Libraries Host a Parade of Yesterday’s and Today’s Heroic Equines and Equestrians.

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Fantastic display that covers all the wonderful aspects of life with horses and events with horses ...the most moving photographs I have seen in years... - Alan B., exhibit visitor

Black Beauty lives at the end of Main Street and Pegasus takes wing from the pasture around the corner in a new exhibit touring public and school libraries worldwide. The exhibit, titled The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life, pairs up to 100 photos of today's novice through Olympic horses and riders with family-friendly, secular, and cited public domain quotations from the world's great books.

More than 150,000 people have visited The Literary Horse since its debut in May 2008. The exhibit is touring rural through metropolitan school, university, and public libraries, and it has been invited to major libraries to complement national and international events, including the Central Library in downtown Lexington to celebrate America's first hosting of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Showcasing first-time riders through Special Olympic and Olympic champions, and equestrian disciplines ranging from carriage driving and show-jumping to jousting and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), The Literary Horse provides visitors with a real-life tour of world classics, such as the Iliad, Anna Karenina, and Richard III, as well as beloved children’s tales, such as Black Beauty, The Arabian Nights, Cinderella, and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

The exhibit, though, extends beyond its images. Because it is touring public and school libraries, after exploring the scenes of heroic horses and horse-people, visitors can trot over to the shelves and jump into the books that follow their adventures. And because each exhibit features area equine and equestrian programs, visitors can contact the programs’ organizers and become riders, assistants, or volunteers.

“I hoped these images would help people see themselves in the great books and inspire them to live their own legends,” said Wright. “Heroes aren’t just people who lived long ago - they are our neighbors, our friends, our family members, and ourselves. The beauty, heart, and spirit we admire in legendary horses exists in our pasture pets, service horses, and competition partners. Together, we face challenges as thrilling and as extraordinary as the quests of old. After all, every great story, at its heart, reflects the greatness that is already within us.”

The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life will be on tour through 2012. For more information, a tour schedule, activities, a booklist, and the blog, visit http://www.TheLiteraryHorse.com.

About Vanessa Wright's The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life Exhibit: The Literary Horse is an exhibit, touring public and school libraries worldwide through 2012, that pairs photos of today's novice through Olympic horses and riders with quotations from the world's great books. Exhibit creator Vanessa Wright is a multiple award-winning teacher, author, and equine photographer. Visit: http://www.TheLiteraryHorse.com

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