Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today revealed newly-designed trophies, created by sculptor Siobhan Bulfin which will be presented to the winners of the 2013 HRI Awards at Leopardstown on December 9
Siobhan, from Birr Co. Offaly, won the public competition with her entry of a bronze sculpture of a horse entitled 'Celebration'. A panel of artists were asked to submit proposals for a contemporary design piece which stays true to the form of the thoroughbred horse and represents the spirit of the horse racing industry.
Commenting on the 'Celebration' trophies, each of which will be signed by the artist, Siobhan said : "The sculptures really capture the thoroughbred horse and its vital energy. I wanted to capture the thoroughbred enjoying its freedom, bucking and dancing. This tied in very well with the Horse Racing Ireland Awards which are a celebration of an industry that we should be truly proud of."
Previous HRI Award winners over the last ten years received blue ceramic horse sculptures designed by artist Marina Hamilton.
Michael O'Rourke, HRI Director of Marketing and Communications said: "The new HRI Awards trophies really encapsulate the essence of the thoroughbred horse. After ten years we decided the time was right to move on from the iconic blue horse and create a new-look award to celebrate the achievements of the winners. The HRI Awards acknowledge excellence in the horse racing industry and these new trophies are a fitting tribute to the recipients."
Siobhan previously created the bronze sculpture titled 'Energy' at the front of Horse Racing Ireland headquarters and the perpetual National Hunt Championship trophies for the Champion Owner, Trainer and Jockey. Siobhan worked with CAST Bronze Foundry in Dublin to produce 'Celebration'.