BY KRISTIN PITZER
Overlooking the Main Arena at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, is a large meeting space with windows that reach from nearly floor to ceiling. Looking into the room from the stands, you might startle briefly when you notice 10 horses standing at the windows, silent watchers over the arena.
As you peer closer, though, you’ll notice these life-sized statues are not typical horse colors. Splashed in shades of blue, pink, orange and more, they’re the stars of the 2021 Pin Oak Painted Horses Auction, one-of-a-kind fine art pieces by top Texas artists that will be auctioned off during the 75th anniversary of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show March 24 – April 11, 2021.
The horses will be sold throughout the show, with a group selling in the Kirkland & Ellis Main Ring March 27, April 2, April 9 and April 10 before the final round. Each horse was painted by a group of local Texas artists, including David Maldonado of CapDavJon; Sebastien “Mr. D 1987” Boileau; DeeJon (Dandee Warhol and Marjon F. Aucoin) and The WIDE School; Shelbi Nicole; Angela Fabbri of Fabbriology; Marco Guerra of Guerra Studios; Jessica Guerra of Guerra Girl; and Gino Vian of Merchant & Market.
Two other artists worked in collaboration with special groups of people — Erick Sandlin teamed up with the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Art Therapy program, and Tara Royer Steele worked with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, a group that provides support to Texas Children’s families of children with cancer, to design their horses. Every artist that worked on the horses donated 100% of their time, talent and supplies, and all have waived taking a percentage from the sale.
All proceeds from the Saturday auctions will benefit Texas Children’s Hospital, and the proceeds from the Friday auction will benefit Candlelighters. Bidders can register for the auction on site outside of the Yellow Rose Sponsors Club, or phone bids are allowed with someone present on your behalf.
If you’re interested in a particular horse and don’t want to wait until Pin Oak, you can make a “buy now” offer by emailing [email protected]. Or, if you don’t have room for a life-sized Thoroughbred at your home, you can shop much smaller scale versions of the horses on various items at the Pin Oak Boutique.
For more info on the Pin Oak Painted Horses Auction or on the artists, visit pinoak.org/paintedhorses.