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Hackney To Be Featured On Berkshire Carousel

The most ambitious and largest permanent artwork ever created in the Berkshires, the Berkshire Carousel will consist of 36 horses and three chariots and is set to open in 2013. This is a community project of volunteer artists working with one professional carver to create these masterpieces. Artist and Hackney owner/exhibitor Janet Crawford Hicks is one of the volunteers working on this project and with her input, the Hackney will be featured.

Named "The Aristocrat," the Hackney carousel horse will be the only standing (trotting) horse on the Carousel. He will be placed in front of one of the chariots and with his brilliant motion, braids and short tail; he will represent the breed in a joyful way for many, many years to come.

"Cassillis Farm, one of the original importers of the Hackney breed to the United States, is located in New Marlborough, MA, so the "The Aristocrat" is right at home in the Berkshires," said Hicks. "I recently completed painting one of the other horses, Berkshire Beauty, and look forward to painting The Aristocrat after his carving and sanding is complete. An average of 1,500 hours of work goes into each horse. It really is a group effort and a wonderful collaboration of talent."

Sponsorship is needed for The Aristocrat. Anyone interested in donating can send a check made out to Berkshire Carousel, c/o Janet Crawford Hicks, 95 Old Richmond Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01021. Berkshire Carousel is a 501(c) 3 charitable donation. For more information on the Berkshire Carousel please visit

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