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This is one of a
series of paintings
by Robert Butler
that depict
turn-of-the-century scenes from twelve
of Florida's major
agricultural industries.
Equine Splendor
Florida is home to more than 130,000 horse owners, who own nearly 350,000 horses, valued in excess of $600 million. Virtually every horse breed in the world is represented in Florida, led by thoroughbreds, quarter horses and Arabians. Florida-bred horses rank second only to Kentucky in North America in the amount of purse money and stakes races won. The Ocala area ranks as the worlds fourth largest breeding and training area, behind Lexington, Ky., Newmarket, England, and Chantilly, France.

All narratives accompanying the paintings were written by Robert Butler.
All rights reserved by the artist.

bullet.gif (943 bytes) Cracker Cowman
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Golden Grove
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Equine Splendor
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Farmers' Harvest
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Fern Garden
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Timber Shadows
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Shipping Cotton
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Ocean Farming
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Strawberry Patch
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Sugar Harvest
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Tomato Garden
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Beekeeping in the Pines
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Equine Splendor

If one could paint a picture of grace in motion, it would be a horse.

It has been eulogized in mans art for millennia, and many have considered its attributes sublime, whether in war and peace or companionship.

The dog may be mans best friend perhaps only because man domesticated it first, but few creatures have had such an impact on human history as the horse.

It runs like the wind and laughs at its pursuers, it rides into battle with fearlessness and makes its owner proud and powerful.

It delights in the companionship of man, always eager to please.

In the peace of morning it comforts its young, and plays amid the emerald fields of spring.

The horse made its debut as mans companion thousands of years ago. Through selective breeding, man has altered its appearance to suit his many needs a process still ongoing at the threshold of the 21st century.

It seems whether in peace or peril, the horse is always a loyal compadre for all times.

Robert Butler 1999