Nation's Libraries Host a Parade of Yesterday's and Today's
Heroic Equines and EquestriansBlack Beauty lives at the end of Main Street and Pegasus takes wing from the pasture around the corner in an equestrian exhibit touring public and school libraries nationwide. The exhibit, Vanessa Wright's The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life, pairs up to 100 photos of today's horses and riders with family-friendly, secular, and cited public domain quotations from the world's great books.
More than 250,000 people have visited The Literary Horse since its debut in May 2008. The exhibit has toured rural through metropolitan public and school libraries, and among its shows, it has complemented libraries' celebrations of national and international events, including Children's Book Week, the Kentucky Derby, and the World Equestrian Games.
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Showcasing first-time riders through Special Olympic and Olympic champions, 26 horse breeds, and 29 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, Richard III, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 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.
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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 local equine and equestrian programs and events, visitors can contact the programs’ organizers and become riders, supporters, or volunteers.
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The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life is now on display at the Norco Horse Library in Norco, California. It has been featured in media outlets including HorseChannel.com, Discover Horses, Horses in Art, Horse & Rider, EQUUS, The Blood-Horse, and Riding Instructor and was nominated for Reader’s Digest Best of America. For more information, activities, and a booklist - or to schedule an exhibit - visit www.TheLiteraryHorse.com or email Vanessa today!