The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life

13 November – 23 December 2010

The Light of Hope
The Light of Hope by Vanessa Wright

Black Beauty lives at the end of Main Street, and Pegasus takes wing from a pasture not far from Groton-Dunstable Regional High School in an international touring exhibit hosted by the Groton Public Library. The exhibit features photos of today’s novice through Olympic horses and riders paired with quotations from the world’s great books. Says the artist, equine photographer Vanessa Wright, "From Achilles’ weeping chargers to Don Quixote’s Rocinante, the horses of myth and literature are alive and thriving in our neighborhoods!"

Riders Read
Riders Read! with Unicorn Meadows

More than 150,000 people have visited The Literary Horse since its debut in May 2008. 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 horse-lovers’ favorite classics, such as the Iliad, Richard III, and Don Quixote, as well as beloved children’s tales, such as Cinderella, The Arabian Nights, and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Because it is on display at the library, after touring the scenes of heroic horses and horse-people, visitors can trot on over to the shelves and jump into the books that follow their adventures. And because it features regional equine and equestrian programs, visitors can contact the programs’ organizers and become riders, supporters, or volunteers.

Riders Read
Riders Read! with Miles Dean

Alongside this exhibit are selected photographs of local riders and horses from Groton and the surrounding towns. Come by the library and see if you recognize any of your neighbors and friends!

"I hoped these images would help people see themselves in the great books and inspire them to live their own legends," says 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, school ponies, 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."

All are welcome to a reception with Vanessa Wright on: Saturday, December 4, from 12:30-2:00 pm. A special tour of the exhibit begins at 1:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibit is supported by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Vanessa Wright & Pegasus
Vanessa Wright and Pegasus