The Horsforth Horse Unveiled by Yorkshire Olympian

Standing proud at 6.2 feet (or 15.3 hands) tall and carefully crafted out of galvanised steel, the Horsforth Horse art installation was unveiled by Triathlon World Champion Jonny Brownlee.

Jonny Brownlee, who grew up in Horsforth, was delighted to celebrate it making its way to its new home.

“I’m Horsforth born and bred, so it’s great to be able to welcome this artwork to my home city. I’m proud to hail from Leeds, so when people invest in doing something a bit different, a bit special, it’s always great to see. Anything that makes people feel proud, inspired or happy can only be a good thing. This sculpture is fantastic and definitely adds something when you’re driving, walking, cycling or running by. I like to think the city is bold and confident, so artwork in the open air to match that description is very fitting”

Jonny Brownlee

In the Domesday Book of 1086, Horsforth was listed as ‘Horseford’. The connection between ‘Horse’ and ‘Ford’, refers to the transportation of woollen goods over the River Aire – at a place where a horse can cross! The horse is a key symbol in Horsforth and many schools and local sports teams feature a horse on their crest. 

The Horsforth Horse is positioned on the A65 roundabout and has been funded by locally-based Tudor International Freight. Established on New Road Side in Horsforth back in 1991, they are a logistics company who are experts in road, air and sea freight. For more on Tudor International Freight see www.tudorfreight.com

The sculptor, Rupert Till, who is originally from Yorkshire, produced the sculpture for this year’s Cheltenham Festival, but the horse has now found its permanent home in Horsforth.

From the sourcing of the sculpture to the installation of the horse and the social media takeover, this has been a great project for Banana Kick to be involved in.

“We have worked with Banana Kick on a couple of projects over recent years and this one has been very long in the making.  Throughout this process, the levels of service and communication have been exemplary whilst the appearance, delivery and install of the sculpture have exceeded all our expectations”

Adam Johnson, Tudor International Freight’

Check out some of the great photos taken of the horse and Jonny Brownlee below: