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Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

"I spent my whole life preparing for this work...I have studied anatomy and spirit through riding a vast number of horses in a variety of disciplines, stitching up ranch dogs shredded by Javalina fights and years of wrapping the legs of polo horses," Laurie shares. More »

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A Horse Named 'Dial a Prayer'
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

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Let 'Er Buck
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

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Not in the Mood for Riding
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

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Bull Durham
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

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Deadeye
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

14.5" h x 18" w x 20" d
Bronze, edition of 15.

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Battle Cry
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

Bronze, edition of 15.

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Beyond Fear
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

Bronze, edition of 15.

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Pursuit of Excellence
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

15"H x 22"W x 11"D
Bronze, edition of 15.

Mounted on natural stone (color and texture may vary). Signed and numbered on inside back leg of horse. Available in Roman (green), Traditional (brown) or Natural Horse Patina (artist's special patina; coloration may vary).

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Courage of Flight
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

18"h x 22"w x 5"d
Bronze, edition of 15

Either suspended from above with two 1/16" stainless steel cables or mounted as shown for tabletop. Signed and numbered on inside back leg. Available in Roman (green), Traditional (brown) or Natural Horse Patina (artist's special patina; coloration may vary).

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Flight Without Wings
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

23"H x 25"W x 5"D
Bronze, edition of 15.

Either suspended from above with two 1/16" stainless steel cables or mounted as shown for tabletop. Signed and numbered on inside back leg. Available in Roman (green), Traditional (brown) or Natural Horse Patina (artist's special patina; coloration may vary).

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Dance without Music
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

End of Innocence
by Laurie Brecheen-Ballard

She continues, "My mother and Cherokee great grandfather were both known for their unique ability to communicate with animals and bring out their best. I hope I inherited some of that. I have great respect and empathy for the raw fear, courage and grace of animals. If you take the time to really see and understand them, I believe that animals show us the very best in ourselves, the true essence of our lives."

Laurie grew up on her parent's tennis guest ranch in the mountains of southeastern Arizona. They say that she was quite independent as a child. When her sister started 1st grade, Laurie decided to create her own adventure. She packed a lunch, saddled Two Spot, her old cow pony and rode off into the mountains bordering Mexico for as many as 5 hours. Blaine Lewis, the local brand inspector, was fond of telling the story of coming over a rise and seeing Laurie, a 5 year-old girl, sitting under an oak tree with her horse tied to the branches. Naturally he asked her what she was doing there. According to Blaine, she was said to have responded with, "I'm having my lunch."

Laurie was among the first women to join both the Santa Barbara Polo Club and Will Rogers Polo Club in Los Angeles. Her participation in the sport has created some wonderful memories filled with exhilaration and athleticism. She relates, " Polo and jumping are both tests of a horse's courage... It is an amazing experience to have the speed, strength and ability of an athletic horse underneath you. You ask and they are there, a part of you. You become one, unbeatable, flying...What I am trying to do with my sculpture is to capture these moments".

Laurie's art studies include The American Academy of Equine Art in Lexington, Kentucky: 1997 with drawing teacher, Sam Savitt, and 1998 & 1999 with sculpture teacher, Gwen Reardon.

Favorite quote: "Exaggerate the essential and leave the obvious vague."
Vincent Van Gogh

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