I found the pics I have of him. I'm pretty sure this is him....I can't see the name on the halter, nor did I label, but I swear this is him (might not be!). He's obviously not in racing shape and has his adorable winter coat on, but this will give a comparison (sort of) to the statue
I saw John Henry run at Arlington Park eons ago (81-84) and I saw him on many occasions at the horse park as well. The statue looks very much like I remember him back in the 80s. It's pretty well known that before he stepped onto the track in the morning, he would stop and pose much like the statue. There is a gorgeous poster of him with that same pose as well...the saying is something like "Some were born great, others achieve it." I think the artist did a terrific job capturing that look.
Kellidahorsegirl- I can't tell if that is him either. The first thing I thought of is that it can't be him, as the chain isn't over his nose. He was quite cantankerous up until the very end. I remember him going on his daily walk in the last few weeks of his life, and the handler still used a stud chain!
He was little right? Cuz I know for a fact he came to the circle during that showing...and was the only little horse besides Cigar (of which I KNOW what he looks like haha). I do remember a naughty one....and know the man handler led him.
The other bay I have photographed that day with the man handler is "Da Hoss" but he has much more light brown on the face and I can distinctly read his name plate
I'm 99% sure thats JH in those pics...just wish I could see the name plate HAHA
Lovely statue, though does not look a thing like John Henry.
Artists capable of authentic rendering are so difficult to find now days...
Well, when an artist can take digital photographs, and also print in 3D, what's the point of what you call "authentic rendering?" You mean copying photographs, like C.W. Anderson? As far as realism goes (and I think that's what you mean by "authentic rendering," or do you mean this artist is a fake?), Kaiser is just as good as any other! You know you can just make a mold of the saddle and bridle, right?
Let's be honest, thoroughbreds share so much of the same DNA, to catch a likeness based only on the shape of his body is pretty much impossible. To be a tribute to John Henry, the piece captures a presence that he had- if it were to merely exactly copy his body plane-for-plane, it would not be nearly as bold as it is!
He was such a cool horse..when I saw him at KHP (cannot remember the year), he would scan the audience, and then look the horse people in the eye.
One morning after working all night at Rood and Riddle, I decided to take a drive over to the KHP to see John, and while talking to Cathy-- one of the head people in charge of the Hall of Champions-- I was telling here about my years in the racing industry, and she let me go in his stall and feed him some treats that I had brought him, he loved Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. He was old and thin, but he still had "the look" and he and I spent a bit of time reliving the past together. I didn't get pictures, but it will forever live in the depths of my heart and mind. He was gone a couple weeks later.
So very glad I went to see him.
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An in-law of a friend "met" John Henry before he went to the KHP (she was in those kind of social circles--never owned horses herself but knew a lot of the bigger-name people) and she told me when I met her about how he just looked over everyone from his stall with the evil eye (or at least crabby). She lingered while the others moved on because it was *John Henry* (most of the other guests weren't really horse people), and JH actually came over to investigate her. The groom went and got carrots (apparently they kept his stash locked up) and let her feed him one, since the horse normally wasn't exactly social and apparently the fact that he wasn't trying to take a chunk out of her meant he would maybe permit her to feed him without taking fingers. She always thought, she told me, he knew she was a horse person and not just gawking, so he granted an audience. He knew who appreciated him for what he was.
I only ever saw him at the KHP, probably...well, fifteen or more years ago (I think I was in middle school.) I do think his ears were...longish. I remember he didn't strike me as the pretty type TB (and take a look at his Breyer model for how they rendered him!)