If you visited my Ruby Tuesday post last week you might remember the big rooster I saw at a farmer's market in Leesburg, Virginia. This wonderful red-eyed horse was the real reason I had stopped at the market. When we visited our son last summer I missed the chance to get a photo because just as I got out of the car a dark cloud opened up and rain came falling quickly.
This past August it was a sunny day and as we would be passing the market my son reminded me to stop.
I'd like you to meet Harlequin Horse or Harley for short. With his decorative coat of colors I think he looks like he belongs with a court jester or in New Orleans for Mardi Gras - not on a farm in Northern Virginia.
Harley was part of an exhibit called “Horsing Around Loudoun,” that was a countywide, outdoor arts project initiated by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in celebration of Loudoun’s longstanding equine tradition. Local artists transformed 25, life-size fiberglass horse sculptures into unique works of art. The works of art were placed in public locations around the county and then auctioned off in 2005.
If you enlarge this photo and look just over Harley's neck you can see the head of the rooster from last week's post.