equestrian artist Tony O'Connor is the image specially commissioned for this year's Christmas cards in aid of Irish horse charity Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT).
“Personally as an artist, it is fantastic to see my paintings actually ‘make a difference’ to a charity like IHWT. A Winters Tail, was the ideal choice for a Christmas card to help raise some much needed funds to help horses in need this winter,” says O'Connor.
"The inspiration for this painting came from Irish winter mornings, when the frost has left its mark on each blade of grass amidst the serenity of the countryside. The warmth of the horse underneath, the only sounds being the hoof beats on crisp earth, the odd nicker or snort from the horse and the caw of crows from the woods.”
Cards can be ordered online at http://www.ihwt.ie/ and they cost €10.00 for 2 packs excluding postage.
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust rescuing, re-habilitating and finding new homes for neglected horses in Ireland. The charity also runs educational programmes across Ireland, related to equine health and welfare; as well as running re-training programmes for retired race horses..