Over the weekend at the Royal Highland Show, Falkirk Community Trust officially launched Horsepower, an imaginative celebration of Scotland’s equine heritage taking place on the 9th of September at The Helix Park in Falkirk. The event, set to take place against the backdrop of Andy Scott’s magnificent Kelpies, will mark Scotland’s relationship and reliance on the horse.
To launch Horsepower and its programme, Falkirk Community Trust was excited to welcome the Kelpies maquettes which were hosted at the British Horse Society stand during the Royal Highland Show festivities.
A performance by the UZ art, a local art company, will subvert the public with its performance inspired by the monumental Kelpies and the legendary and beloved Falkirk horse, Carnera. “Spirit Unbroken " brings together a horse spirit, a unicorn, an interactive realm in which horses rule humans and a remarkable dance between a French horse, La bête noire, and its human partner.
The event programme will count many other family friendly activities transporting the public through history such as the Dig It! museum container displaying a photo booth time machine, horse related artefacts and live exterior graffiti artwork.
In addition to these activities, 30 horses from all over Scotland including rare Scottish horse breeds will be attending Horsepower and deliver live demonstrations of horse logging, barge pulling along the canal, harrowing and many more.
Horsepower will be the perfect day out for all horse lovers as well as the entire family!
VisitScotland regional partnerships director Liz Buchanan MBE said:
“With around 30 horses, jousting, stunt riding, dancing and even some time travel, Horsepower is shaping up to be one of the most spectacular and exciting events in calendar for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, especially as it takes place in the shadow of Andy Scott’s magnificent Kelpies.”
“This year is a celebration of Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions, icons, as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. Horsepower will not only shine a light on Scotland’s rich equine history but it will also promote Falkirk and the surrounding area’s incredible heritage attractions.”
Lesley O’Hare, Culture and Libraries Manager for Falkirk Community Trust said:
“We are really excited to announce just some of the amazing events and spectacles that our audiences will be able to experience at Horsepower. The Helix and the Falkirk area is inextricably linked to equine history and heritage, and this event will be a fantastic showcase to demonstrate this”
For more information about Horsepower, visit the Helix website: http://www.thehelix.co.uk/all-events/horsepower/