Falkirk Celebrates Equine History with Horsepower

Falkirk Community Trust is gearing up for Horsepower, an imaginative celebration of Scotland’s equine heritage this September.  From heavy horse demonstrations to exclusive Kelpies tours, an archaeological dig to stunt horse demonstrations, the event, set to take place against the backdrop of Andy Scott’s magnificent Kelpies on 9 September, will mark Scotland’s relationship and reliance on the horse. There is no better place to host this celebration than The Helix Park in Falkirk, home of the magnificent Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures.

"Where man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilisation, we find the hoof print of a horse beside it" - John Trotwood Moore (1858-1929)

The full programme will be announced during the Royal Highland Show from the 22th to the 25th of June 2017. Horsepower, as well as the Kelpies maquettes, will be featured at the British Horse Society stand during the festivities. Come along to meet the event organisers, the sponsors and learn more about this unique Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology event.

VisitScotland regional partnerships director Liz Buchanan MBE said:

“Andy Scott’s Kelpies have captured the imaginations of visitors from all over the world since they were unveiled in 2014, and so I am delighted that The Helix Park will be centre-stage for one of the highlights of the programme for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

“From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the events programme will promote some of our greatest assets as well as our hidden gems. Falkirk has a great mix of both and I am sure Horsepower will inspire visitors to explore more of the area’s heritage attractions, from Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway to the Antonine Wall.”

Lesley O’Hare, Culture and Libraries Manager with Falkirk Community Trust said:

‘The story behind Andy Scott’s Kelpies was our inspiration for Horsepower and the opportunity to bring that story to life at the Helix Park was too good to miss.  Horsepower will celebrate the contribution horses have made, through the ages, to industrial, agricultural and social life in an event that will be both informative and fun!’

For more information about Horsepower, visit the Helix website: http://www.thehelix.co.uk/all-events/horsepower/

As part of the Horsepower celebration, other Falkirk Community Trust venues will be organising related events during 2017. From the 8th of July until the 15th of October 2017, the Park Gallery at Callendar House will host Workhorse, a photography exhibition by Michael Prince.

“I’ve been photographing the Clydesdales since 2013. I was immediately drawn to their beauty and presence as a potential subject and could see the visual possibilities in documenting some of their story within the exposed environment.”

Find more information on the artist website: www.michaelprincephotography.co.uk

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