Dunrovin Ranch has long been fascinated by the many ways in which cultures around the world celebrate the special, and ever changing, bond between humans and horses. Many cultures use artistic expressions to honor the role horses have played in their evolution. Dunrovin Ranch was introduced to this tradition by a young American Indian woman who worked for us and taught us some of the Lakota Sioux methods and symbols for painting horses. We embraced her teachings and expanded on this unique art form to include other cultural expressions that we learned about through ranch guests originating from Asia and other parts of the world. Please read about Dunrovin’s entry into the world of painting horses in our September Dunrovin Ranch Lifestyle Magazine article about Painted Ponies.
The Friends of Dunrovin, which is a 501c3 Montana nonprofit associated with Dunrovin Ranch and DaysAtDunrovin.com, has decided to utilize this evolving interest in decorating and painting horses to create an event to raise money to support equine assisted wellness and therapy programs. The Friends of Dunrovin’s first annual Horse of a Different Color will take place on August 19, 2017 at Dunrovin Ranch. All funds raised through the event will be specifically used for grants to support Montana nonprofits that provide equine assisted physical, emotional, or mental wellness or therapy programs. After the event, Friends of Dunrovin will notify Montana nonprofits offering such equine assisted programs of the opportunity to apply for grants for their programs.
The mission of Friends of Dunrovin’s is to use Dunrovin Ranch’s and DaysAtDunrovin’s cyber resources to promote human, animal, environmental, and community health through raising funds for other Montana nonprofit organizations to do their work.
The Horse of a Different Color 2017
August 19, 2017
In spite of evacuations and chaos created by the Lolo Peak fire, the inaugural Horse of a Different Color was a success by every measure. Beautifully painted and decorated horses filled the ranch, enthralled participants, and brought much needed joy to a valley residents who had been coping with the ravages of the fire. We are most thankful for the resilience, dedication, and determination that the artists, the photographer, the caterer, the musician, and attendees demonstrated by their rallying with such energy and spirit to create such a beautiful experiential an art extravaganza.
Photographer John Ashley’s lovely short video of the event tells it all!
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
The public voted for their favorite “painted pony” by making a $5 donation to the Friends of Dunrovin in the name of the artist/horse combination they wanted to support. Each $5 donation constitutes a vote. The total of all donations raised via voting was shared with the artists who receive the first and second most votes.
The First Place Winner was Cindy Laundrie Marshall for her work with her equine partner, Smokey.
The Second Place Winner was Lisa Gibson for her work with her equine partner, Chinook
MEET the ARTISTS and See Their Work
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Artist Jeannette Wandler was unable to attend the event because she was needed
to assist her parent evacuate their home and herd of sheep.
In spite of such demands, she delivered these lovely table center pieces for the event.
Please support our sponsoring organizations. We thank them for contributing to our cause and for making this a successful event.