'Horse People' exhibition to open in Cahir

Sian Moloughney

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Sian Moloughney

Equestrian art exhibition Cahir

Equestrian art exhibition to open in Cahir

The launch of an exhibition of equestrian art by David Baird titled ‘Horse People’ will take place in the Craft Granary on today, Wednesday 20th June at 6.30pm. A famous face from the Equestrian scene Tracy Piggott will open the exhibition.

The exhibition will remain open until the 17th August in the Craft Granary that is open 6 days a week from 10am to 6pm. This truly is a stunning exhibition worth putting aside some time to savour.


Artist David Baird is based in Kilcash, Clonmel, and specialises in Equestrian Art. His love of the sport shows in his eye for detail and ability to capture the people, the horses and the atmosphere in all his paintings.


David commented “I have always felt very fortunate to be working at the fringe of this fantastic Equine industry in Ireland. Today, there can be few sports, professional or otherwise, where you can move freely among participants while they go about their business. During the summer at Ballindenisk, I just happened across a certain Sir Mark Todd washing a set of boots in a black plastic bucket. Thirty feet away, Michael Ryan stood laughing on his mobile phone while, in the other direction, a small child hung grimly onto a pulling black and white terrier. All of life is there for me, an endless seam of moments.


My hope in this collection was to capture the essence of the character in the individual I painted; caught in a moment, unaware, in their natural environment. This necessitated a degree of stealth on my part. While there are many well known faces from the racing fraternity among the collection, there are also a few lesser known characters that I have only recently been able to put names to. However hard I’ve tried, a few mysteries remain. Should you recognize anyone who features here, then please tell them and pass it on.


I would sincerely like to thank all those who became part of this collection. I hope I haven’t taken too many liberties. Thank you to all”