The Literary Horse’ on display at Sherborn Library

Black Beauty lives at the end of Main Street and Pegasus takes wing from a pasture not far from Dover-Sherborn High in a new, internationally touring equestrian photography exhibit visiting the Sherborn Library. The exhibit, titled “The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life,” pairs up to 100 photos of today’s horses and riders with quotations from the world’s great books. According to the artist, equine photographer Vanessa Wright, “From Achilles’ weeping chargers to Don Quixote’s Rocinante, the horses of myth and literature are alive and thriving in our neighborhoods!”

More than 100,000 people have visited The Literary Horse since its debut in May 2008. It is touring rural through metropolitan public and school libraries, and it has also been invited to appear at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange for the 2009 Kentucky Derby, at the Saratoga Public Library for the 2009 Saratoga racing season, and at the Central Library in downtown Lexington to celebrate America’s first hosting of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Showcasing first-time riders through Special Olympic and Olympic champions, and equestrian disciplines ranging from carriage driving and show-jumping to jousting and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) The Literary Horse provides visitors with a real-life tour of beloved equestrian classics, ranging from the Iliad and Don Quixote to Cinderella and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Because the exhibit will be housed at the Sherborn Library, after touring the scenes of heroic horses and horse-people, visitors can trot on over to the shelves and jump into the books that follow their adventures. On Saturday, September 26th, the Sherborn Library will also be holding a day of equine-themed activities including an area horsewoman, who will be offering a talk and demonstration on horse care, and Wright, who will read the Greek myth of Pegasus for the children’s story hour in morning and lead an equine photography workshop for teens and adults in the afternoon.

“I hoped these images would help people see themselves in the great books and inspire them to live their own legends,” Wright explains. “Heroes aren’t just people who lived long ago Ð they are our neighbors, our friends, our family members, and ourselves. The beauty, heart, and spirit we admire in legendary horses exists in our pasture pets, school ponies, service horses, and competition partners. And together, we face challenges as thrilling and as extraordinary as the quests of old. After all, every great story, at its heart, reflects the greatness that is already within us.”

The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life will be on display from September 1st through 30th at the Sherborn Library, 4 Sanger Street, Sherborn. The exhibit is free and open to the public.