Ocala, FL (April 12, 2010) – Rolex W, one of Chester Weber’s distinguished and award-winning equine teammates, has lent his artistic horse skills to the ReRun Thoroughbred Charity Moneigh collection. Rolex not only painted a Moneigh with his nose, but due to his name and his fame, the painting will be on display in a Lexington art gallery during the Rolex Three-Day Event.
“We are honoring Rolex W in April during the Rolex Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Mary Simons, of the ReRun Organization. “Rolex’s painting will be on display at Your Frame of Mind Galleries in the Lexington Convention Center in April. Also, his other painting will be auctioned off in our semi-annual eBay auction beginning April 25.”
Weber, the eight-time National Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champion, lent the artistic skills of Rolex to the charity organization. Rolex helped the ReRun Thoroughbred charity by painting masterpieces known as “Moneighs.” The name Moneigh is derived from the name of the famous artist and the sound a horse makes.
ReRun’s Mary Simons visited Weber’s Live Oak Stud in Ocala to assist Rolex with his painting and was thrilled with the beautiful bay Dutch Warmblood. “Rolex is so special and he did very nice work,” Simons said. “Rolex did his paintings with red and white paint and signed them with a black hoof print.”
Rolex joins a lineup of famous equine painters including some of the greatest Thoroughbreds in racing history such as Funny Cide, Cigar, John Henry, Smarty Jones and dozens more. Weber’s horse Jamaica has also painted a Moneigh. Since 2001, over 400 masterpieces have been created and auctioned off. “With Rolex, I put the paint on a paper plate and got him to touch his muzzle to the plate,” Simons said. “Once the paint is on a horse’s muzzles or chin I get them to touch the paper and then they get a carrot or treat. Once they figure out they are getting treats they want to do it again and again.”
Simons said the Moneigh project has been successful due to the combined efforts of all the horse farm managers, owners, trainers, grooms, volunteers and bidders. “ReRun has an auction of Moneighs on eBay twice a year. Anyone can look at the paintings by going to eBay and using Moneigh as the search word,” she said.
Simons is excited that Weber’s National Champion Combined Driving horses have joined the ranks of equine artists, especially with the World Equestrian Games right around the corner. ReRun has chapters in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Kentucky, the home of the 2010 WEG. Weber is a veteran of two prestigious World Equestrian Games and his current goal is to compete his team at the 2010 WEG at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit his website at www.chesterweber.com. For more information on the Moneigh paintings, visit their website at www.rerun.org or www.eBay.com keyword “Moneigh”.
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