Valegro has taken centre stage in his home town Newent, as his bronze statue is placed in its permanent home. The statue, sculpted by Georgie Welch, was erected in the Gloucestershire town’s Market Square in a low-key ceremony, owing to Covid restrictions. A spokesman for the Newent Initiative Trust, which was behind the project with involvement from Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and groom Alan Davies, said lockdown meant the unveiling plans were not as the not-for-profit organisation had hoped.
“Originally, we had planned a very special and public unveiling of the bronze statue of Valegro, the dancing horse, but unfortunately it all happened very differently,” he said. “The statue was finished in September last year, and found itself being placed in the International Centre for Birds of Prey just outside Newent for safekeeping until it could be installed.” A private unveiling of the statue took place in October 2020 attended by special guest Valegro, alongside Carl, Charlotte and Alan. The statue was put in its “rightful place” on Thursday (18 February).
Source Horse and Hound
Photo by Newent Initiative Trust