Friday, July 4, 2008

Star Spangled Pony

Happy 4th everyone! No new post today..I'm just updating this one! Hope everyone has a relaxing and happy holiday
Kari and Kijsa are hosting a Fabulous Flag Flying Fourth blogging event. Well, this is not a flag...but it has some of the characteristics of a flag! It is red, white, and blue and reminds me of our flag. This carousel horse is appropriately named Star Spangled Pony. He was created by artist Debra Williamson Ruleau.

He can be seen in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse in Meridian MS.

Debra states in the book Carousels Abound about her creation: "When I set out to design Star-Spangled Pony, a patriotic theme was just one of several I was considering. But when the tragedy of September 11th happened, my decision was made for me."

These carousel horses can be found all through our town. They are part of a public arts project to benefit Hope Village for Children, a home for disadvantaged children which was founded by Sela Ward from Meridian.

The inspiration for the project was the historic Dentzel Carousel which is located in Highland Park in Meridian.

I think this horse captures the spirit of patriotism! Everytime I see it, I am reminded of our flag and what it stands for. The horse stands proudly in a prominent place in Meridan and is viewed by local citizens and tourists every day from all walks of life.
Thank you for stopping by! You can view other Fabulous Flag Flying Fourth posts at
Thanks girls for hosting this blogging event!


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Justabeachkat said...

Love it!


Unknown said...

It's great! thanks for stopping by please come back soon!

{oc cottage} said...

Very cool! (And LOVE your header!)

M ^..^

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a great piece! Thanks for sharing it, it does say "Patriotic!"

Happy 4th of July,

xo Lidy

Dawn said...

The pony is great! It reminds me of the whales that are painted and located across the Cape. I think when I was in Boston (I don't travel much LOL!) they had painted cows throughout the city.

Thanks for sharing the patriotic pony!

take care,

Anonymous said...

He is beautiful. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Mary said...

How wonderful! Have a happy Fourth!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I like the horse but Im in love with your header!!! Susie H~

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

How beautiful, Diane! I love carousel horses of all kinds (it was my favorite ride in Coney Island when I was a child, and sadly they aren't there any longer).

This one looks so wonderful painted in red white and blue!

I joined K&K's "Fabulous Flag Flying Fourth" too --but it will post tomorrow :-)

Happy 4th of July to you and your family!
Hugs, Pat

Mya said...

Wow did you get a new header? Love it. Your blog looks fabulous. What a great carosel horse. have a very happy and Safe holiday. Thank you for visiting me, it is always fun to see you.

Gone said...

Great Patriotic Pony!! Love it.


Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Love your new banner and the horse is great! Thanks so much for your encouraging support during David's crisis! It meant so much to us all and he is doing great!

Have a great 4th!
Hugs, Rhonda ;)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

oppps...he isn't a horse, is he? LOL! he is a mighty fine pony! :)

kari and kijsa said...

What a beautiful post! We love the flag-flying horse addition to teh parade! He can be in the lead!! Thanks for joining in- we love this one!

Happy Independence Day,
kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

That is the cutest thing.

A Hint of Home said...

That is too cute! Happy 4th.

Nancy Rosalina said...

Diane, Thanks for coming by! I love your blog! I wll add you to my blog list, you can add me too if you like. Hope you have a Happy 4th of July. Nancy

Decor To Adore said...

I love this concept. In
Kaiserslautern, Germany it was fish, NY it was cows I think.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy 4th of July, Diane!

I'll be going into my husband's office building in lower Manhattan to watch the Macy's firework show from his office conference room windows! Good view and no crowds.

Hugs, Pat

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

Such a proud looking pony that would be worthy a carrying "Yankee Doodle" himself!

I would love for you to join me in my Friday's Favorite Family Foto! I hope to do it each Friday...unless I'm out of town, in which case, you all can just carry on without me!

Hope to hear from you before next Friday to let me know that you will be posting your family foto!


mommyholly said...

Woooo, awesome horse, so patriotic! :) xo!

Jon said...

Diane, I loved your patriotic post and that pony is way cool. Like you I did a July 4th post on my blog Mississippi Garden now that I am back online. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog while I was off on medical leave.
Best regards, Jon in Vicksburg, Mississippi

Eve said...

Oh, I love that blue pony. I have alsways loved them but in the house I am in now, I don't have room for one. I tole painted one and did a little fabric on one, one time. I miss mine.

Anonymous said...

I was on your blog the other day and I adored the pony. I think I couldn't post my comment. I am trying again. I borrowed your post header title on my post a couple days ago. I love your title because it fits on so many things.

Hope you had a happy fourth.


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Totally love the carasol horse. And your post on the monument was great. I love all the flowering trees and flowers by it. Quite a beautiful site.