Drew Hoover, Artist
Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

One of North Carolina’s most beloved treasures, the wild horse herds of the Outer Banks, is the subject of an exhibition at Carolina Artist Gallery from Sept. 17 to Nov. 11, 2016. Original art in many mediums celebrates the beauty and resilience of the horses, with benefits going to The Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Carolyn Mason, president and chairman of the Foundation, speaks about the horses at the reception, and a wine tasting by Gregory Vineyards of Angier unveils a private label featuring a chosen artist’s work to depict the horses. Several prizes are awarded to artists in various categories.

The famous barrier ponies are an invaluable cultural legacy of Down East and are one of the most photographed and sought-after attractions of visitors and natives alike. They descend from Spanish explorers and from shipwrecks as early as the 1500s and survive the harsh coastal seasons by eating salty native grasses, drinking from natural fresh water ponds and digging for water.

The not-for-profit Foundation supports the viability of the herd by conducting health and behavioral studies with top scientists across the country, genetic testing, maintaining a museum/library collection, and monitoring the Shackleford Banks ecosystem. More can be learned at shacklefordhorses.org.

On this page are just a few of the hundreds of photos that I have captured this summer while observing the horses at Bettie and Hog Island, NC. They are available for purchase.

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Gallery13. Yes, COWS!