HORSE AND HANDLER SCULPTURE

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If you ever visit the town of Ballinasloe in Galway, Ireland, you will notice a striking bronze sculpture at St Michael’s Square. It depicts a horse and a handler, both in realistic detail and expression. The sculpture, created by James McCarthy, is a tribute to the Ballinasloe Horse Fair, one of the oldest and most prestigious horse fairs in Europe.

The Ballinasloe Horse Fair dates back to the 18th century, when farmers and traders from all over Ireland and beyond would gather in the town to buy and sell horses, cattle, sheep and other livestock. The fair was also a social and cultural event, with music, dancing, games and competitions. The fair still takes place every year in October, attracting thousands of visitors and enthusiasts.

The Horse and Handler Statue was commissioned by the Ballinasloe Town Council and unveiled in 2010. It is made of bronze and stands on a limestone plinth. The horse is a Connemara pony, a native Irish breed known for its hardiness, intelligence and versatility. The handler is a young man dressed in traditional rural attire, holding the horse’s reins and looking at it with affection.

The statue captures the essence of the fair and its importance for the town and its people. It celebrates the bond between humans and animals, as well as the heritage and history of Ballinasloe. The statue is also a symbol of pride and identity for the town, which has been dubbed “the home of the Irish horse”.

The statue has received positive feedback from locals and visitors alike, who admire its beauty and craftsmanship. It is also a popular spot for taking photos and selfies.

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