It’s the last week of April, which means the first Saturday in May is a few days away. In Louisville, that signals the world’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, will be run. This edition is the 141st Kentucky Derby, which culminates in two weeks worth of Derby Festival parties and celebrations. Over the years, I have had occasion to find, photograph, and sometimes keep the horse related toys that I come across in the aftermath of flooding at the Falls of the Ohio. Following is a small album of river rejects. I start with this image and though it is not a Pegasus (The Pegasus Parade is the oldest Derby Festival event) it is somewhat horse-like. It appears to be a flying unicorn and has a mane and tail you could probably comb at one time.
I found this fragment in the western section of the park partially buried in the sand. At one time this was a riding toy that had a wooden handle going through the head and was kid powered.
I found this pink beauty tangled in the driftwood. These ponies that have hair that can be brushed must be popular…
…or not,…because here’s another one pulled out of the debris field! I believe this unfortunate pony also had cockle burrs tangled up in its mane.
This small yellow plastic horse was probably put out to “pasture” because it can’t run anymore. It looks like either some one or some thing chewed off its right hind leg.
This tiny horse was found upside down. It’s missing the green plastic base it once stood on. Fine droplets of rain begin to wet the sand on the day I came across this find. My friend, Bernie from Vermont, gave me the idea for this post. He needed a horse image for a story he had written and asked if I had any in my river archive. This was one of the ones I sent him. I have one last horse to show and it is a piece I photographed in place last weekend. I hope everyone out there has a great Kentucky Derby and may your horse win, place, or show…from the Falls of the Ohio.