One of show jumping’s greatest mounts has been immortalized in a magnificent commissioned sculpture by famed equestrian artist Clare Christie. Cedric (Holsteiner gelding (Chambertin 3—Cortina, Carolus LL), owned by Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, and trusted partner Laura Kraut, Cedric competed in his first FEI competition in 2006 and climbed their way to a Team Gold medal in the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games.
The little horse (just 15.2 hands) with the biggest heart is now retired, after being celebrated in in a moving ceremony in 2016.
“He taught me that if a horse has talent somewhere, keep working at it and exhaust all your possibilities before giving up,” said Kraut.
Clare Christie is an artist whose work concentrates on the harmony of Movement and line to capture the energy of the horse. A native of Austin Texas, her work reflects her years in the saddle training hunter and jumper horses and teaching others to ride. Her time spent around the animals did more than give her a strong sense of the anatomy of the horse, it taught her to capture their physical strength and subtle body language.
“I’m so excited to share my newest sculpture, a commissioned bronze of Cedric and Laura Kraut. I really wanted to capture the forward energy of this incredible pair.”
After graduating from the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee, Clare returned to Austin and developed a body of work in Bronze. She has created over forty maquette sized sculptures many of which were commissioned works. Recently she has returned to exploring her linear pieces that express the lighter agile lines of the horse. When not at home with her daughter Lauren and husband Kyle, you can find Clare in her studio at the family horse farm just outside of the city.