Two bronze horses now stand on Village Hill in Woodside hill


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Bronze casts of two horses -- a mare and a foal -- now stand on Village Hill along Woodside Road in Woodside after about two years of planning and fundraising.

The casts were hoisted into place on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Donors contributed $104,000 toward the $108,000 needed to pay for the two sculptures by Colorado-based artist Veryl Goodnight.

The Woodside Landscape Committee welcomes donations to contribute the final $4,000, said co-chair Phyrne Osborne. Checks may be mailed to the Woodside Community Foundation, P.O. Box 620494, Woodside, CA 94062.

The mare, named "Spring," is bronze and weighs 1,200 pounds, about what its living counterpart would weigh. The bronze cast of the foal, named "Sprite," weighs 300 pounds. The casts are anchored to concrete slabs on Village Hill.

Donations were raised from residents of a town that is proud of, and actively promotes, its equestrian heritage and lifestyle.

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Posted by EGregson
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm

They are beautiful bronzes from what I can see. Can you please tell me more of Woodside's equestrian heritage and background?
My uncle Edwin Janss Gregson lived for a short time nearby, and he eventually went on to become a trainer and won the Kentucky Derby in 1982 with the horse Gato del Sol.
He never mentioned the Peninsula other than a period he had in nearby Pleasanton where he raised thoroghbreds.
The Janss family, on his mother's side, developed Westwood and gave a major portion of the land where U.C.L.A. now is and later their ranch land became Thousand Oaks.
It's a shame you didn't run larger photos of the bronzes.

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Posted by EGregson
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2010 at 9:36 am

Eddie my uncle met a sad ending, but was a remarkable man, and the nicest and most generous REAL person who did live on the Peninsula and graduated from Stanford.
He was disgruntled with what had become of the racing world, a world of gentlemen and the last of "civilized sportsmen in America" before it became corrupted. One of the reasons he felt he could not go on working so hard to support the sport and keep it "classy" like he was as is the entire family.
If you look up his profile under Edwin Janss Gregson on Goo and see how true blue bloods behave. Look up the foundation he set up for he Hispanic workers and the underpriveleged which made him my most beloved relative and an example of how we should behave on the Peninsula.The entry of the "2000 Thoroghbred...)has a few photos of him and his life. He would like to see that bronze horse mean something real and concrete.

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