Taking care of a horse requires money and time. Terri Garofalo of Poughquag knows a horse that doesn’t require feeding or grooming, yet maintains a beautiful coat and never complains. She created it.
“From the time I was a little kid, I gravitated towards horses,” said Garofalo, two-time artist for “Horses, Saratoga Style” in Saratoga Springs. “I have a natural communication with them.”
“Horses, Saratoga Style” began in 2002 with 24 fiberglass horses designed by local artists. The works were displayed along the streets of the resort city north of Albany.
Joel Reed, executive director of the Saratoga County Arts Council, said a project that created fiberglass horses was an “obvious choice” for Saratoga.
For one thing, the city boasts historic Saratoga Race Course, the oldest horse racing facility in the country.
“Horse breeding and horse racing are a big part of the Hudson Valley,” Reed said. “We’ve been working on the horse display since August. We have 34 horses and 37 artists this year … each horse has a sponsor.
Garofalo was inspired by horses as far back as she can remember.
“It’s hard to say how I began to follow art,” she said. “I was able to draw well because I wanted to draw a horse picture well, which is ironic.
“She worked through the most challenging elements of the project to get a final product, aptly titled “Snapshot.”
Garofalo said her childhood contributed to her love for art and horses.
“I grew up on a farm until I was 7,” Garofalo said. “I understood cows and cats, but then I had to go to kindergarten and understand humans.
I’ve always been creative and made my own toys because if I wanted something different, I’d have to make it myself. Creativity for me extends into everything I do.”
Photo: Robert W. Garofalo