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Our Horses & Chariots

Our Horses & Chariots

Meet our horses! The names accompanying these photos are the individuals and organizations who have adopted the horses through monetary gifts, or who are being recognized by the board of Our Fair Carousel for gifts-in-kind valued at the same or more. If you are interested in participating in our Adopt-A-Pony program, please contact us. Gifts are tax-deductible and may be pledged and paid over a period of time. 


The Outside Row — Gifts of $25,000

The Lead Horse Adopted by: Carrie Martinson Historic carousels typically have a horse designated as the lead horse, or the signature horse. It is usually positioned behind a chariot and thus it leads the line of horses. It is always one of the finest horses on the carousel, and it usually bears the signature of the carousel's manufacturer. On this shield, an eagle appears with the letters PTC.

The Lead Horse
Adopted by: Carrie Martinson

Historic carousels typically have a horse designated as the lead horse, or the signature horse. It is usually positioned behind a chariot and thus it leads the line of horses. It is always one of the finest horses on the carousel, and it usually bears the signature of the carousel's manufacturer. On this shield, an eagle appears with the letters PTC.

The Carmel Horse Adopted by: Nancy A. Peterson and Peter J. Boehm Cafesjian's Carousel has three horses carved by Charles Carmel. This one on the outside row is a favorite of many people. Like most of Carmel's work (as is traditional with the Coney Island style), it has a slender body, expressive face, and dramatic mane. Also: a bit of armor including fishscale saddle blanket, and a wolf or dog head at the cantle.

The Carmel Horse
Adopted by: Nancy A. Peterson and Peter J. Boehm

Cafesjian's Carousel has three horses carved by Charles Carmel. This one on the outside row is a favorite of many people. Like most of Carmel's work (as is traditional with the Coney Island style), it has a slender body, expressive face, and dramatic mane. Also: a bit of armor including fishscale saddle blanket, and a wolf or dog head at the cantle.

The Eagle Horse Adopted by: Dick & Lorraine Kenfield An excellent example of the style of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company — a large, strong body carved in a realistic style and enhanced with intricately carved trappings, which in this case include roses and a wonderfully fierce and graceful eagle.

The Eagle Horse
Adopted by: Dick & Lorraine Kenfield

An excellent example of the style of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company — a large, strong body carved in a realistic style and enhanced with intricately carved trappings, which in this case include roses and a wonderfully fierce and graceful eagle.

The Rifle Horse Available for adoption It's difficult to see in the photo, but an elk amid the silver leaf scrollwork carries out the hunting theme on this horse.

The Rifle Horse
Available for adoption

It's difficult to see in the photo, but an elk amid the silver leaf scrollwork carries out the hunting theme on this horse.

The Canteen Horse Available for adoption The sea serpent image seen on the saddle blanket is used much larger on the two chariots. It is believed to have been used in paintings on the original rounding boards, and has therefore been used on the recreated rounding boards.

The Canteen Horse
Available for adoption

The sea serpent image seen on the saddle blanket is used much larger on the two chariots. It is believed to have been used in paintings on the original rounding boards, and has therefore been used on the recreated rounding boards.

The Pirate Horse Adopted by: Patricia Thompson Tollefson

The Pirate Horse
Adopted by: Patricia Thompson Tollefson

The Cherub Horse Adopted by: Ernest & Marie Thomas

The Cherub Horse
Adopted by: Ernest & Marie Thomas

The Indian Horse Adopted by: Jordan & Tyler Patchell O'Donnell

The Indian Horse
Adopted by: Jordan & Tyler Patchell O'Donnell

The Knight Horse Adopted by: Abigail E. Boehm The knight horse is on the opposite side of the carousel from the lead horse, leading the second rank of horses. This and the lead horse are the only two with roached manes.

The Knight Horse
Adopted by: Abigail E. Boehm

The knight horse is on the opposite side of the carousel from the lead horse, leading the second rank of horses. This and the lead horse are the only two with roached manes.

King Arthur's Charger Adopted by: Dick & Francy Reitz and Family This is one of three horses with a rounded head. During the 1989 Minnesota State Fair — to raise money to save the carousel — thousands of buttons were sold featuring the head of this horse and two others. To identify the button, Our Fair Carousel gave it this name, and the horse became popular with State Fair carousel riders that year.

King Arthur's Charger
Adopted by: Dick & Francy Reitz and Family

This is one of three horses with a rounded head. During the 1989 Minnesota State Fair — to raise money to save the carousel — thousands of buttons were sold featuring the head of this horse and two others. To identify the button, Our Fair Carousel gave it this name, and the horse became popular with State Fair carousel riders that year.

The Alligator Horse Adopted by: Cleo Cafesjian With its gold-leaf alligator (which also has glass eyes) and glazed foil-leaf fish, turtle and foliage, this horse is arguably the most distinctive on the carousel.

The Alligator Horse
Adopted by: Cleo Cafesjian

With its gold-leaf alligator (which also has glass eyes) and glazed foil-leaf fish, turtle and foliage, this horse is arguably the most distinctive on the carousel.

The Skin Saddle Horse Available for adoption

The Skin Saddle Horse
Available for adoption

The Burned Knee Horse Adopted by: BCED Minnesota The paint on the right side of this horse was scorched in the 1939 fire, and the surface of the wood was blackened. It was far enough from the fire, however, that the wood did not burn. An area has been left unpainted to show the underlying surface damage.

The Burned Knee Horse
Adopted by: BCED Minnesota

The paint on the right side of this horse was scorched in the 1939 fire, and the surface of the wood was blackened. It was far enough from the fire, however, that the wood did not burn. An area has been left unpainted to show the underlying surface damage.

The Red Velvet Saddle Horse Adopted by: Diane Bush Severely damaged in a 1939 fire, this horse shows a pattern of charring on its entire right side. Original paint on the left side provided the colors used in restoration in the 1990s.

The Red Velvet Saddle Horse
Adopted by: Diane Bush

Severely damaged in a 1939 fire, this horse shows a pattern of charring on its entire right side. Original paint on the left side provided the colors used in restoration in the 1990s.

The Charred Patch Horse Adopted by: Shirley Sailors When this horse was restored, an area was left unpainted to show damage from a 1939 fire. A bumpy charring pattern covers the entire right side of the horse. The undamaged left side still had original paint; those colors have been used in restoring the right side.

The Charred Patch Horse
Adopted by: Shirley Sailors

When this horse was restored, an area was left unpainted to show damage from a 1939 fire. A bumpy charring pattern covers the entire right side of the horse. The undamaged left side still had original paint; those colors have been used in restoring the right side.

The Pinto Pony Adopted by: The People of Minnesota The pinto pony as restored by Linda Carlson McDonald.

The Pinto Pony
Adopted by: The People of Minnesota

The pinto pony as restored by Linda Carlson McDonald.

The Red Chariot Adopted by: The Family of May & Karl Wold

The Red Chariot
Adopted by: The Family of May & Karl Wold

The Blue Chariot Available for adoption

The Blue Chariot
Available for adoption


The Second Row — Gifts of $15,000

Adopted by: James A. Weichert

Adopted by: James A. Weichert

Adopted by: Trude Harmon Family

Adopted by: Trude Harmon Family

Adopted by: Carol Hansen, Travis and Tyler

Adopted by: Carol Hansen, Travis and Tyler

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Adopted by: Adair Anderson Family

Adopted by: Adair Anderson Family

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Adopted by: Millwright and Machine Erectors Local 548

Adopted by: Millwright and Machine Erectors Local 548

Adopted by: Ernest & Marie Thomas

Adopted by: Ernest & Marie Thomas

Adopted by: Opperman & Paquin

Adopted by: Opperman & Paquin

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Adopted by: IDS Financial Services

Adopted by: IDS Financial Services

Adopted by: Arthur J. Curtze

Adopted by: Arthur J. Curtze

Adopted by: Linda C. McDonald

Adopted by: Linda C. McDonald

Adopted by: BCED Minnesota

Adopted by: BCED Minnesota

Adopted by: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110

Adopted by: International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers
Local 110

 

The Third Row — Gifts of $10,000

Adopted by: Twin Cities Decorative Artists Guild, Northland Decorative Painters

Adopted by: Twin Cities Decorative Artists Guild, Northland Decorative Painters

Adopted by: Dr. Shirley Thenen and Jacob Preiner

Adopted by: Dr. Shirley Thenen and Jacob Preiner

Adopted by: Stephen Nesser

Adopted by: Stephen Nesser

Adopted by: Ernest & Marie Thomas

Adopted by: Ernest & Marie Thomas

Adopted by: Audrey French and Family

Adopted by: Audrey French and Family

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Adopted by: The Mahadh Foundation

Adopted by: The Mahadh Foundation

Available for adoption

Available for adoption

Adopted by: BCED Minnesota

Adopted by: BCED Minnesota

Adopted by: McCarthy-Bjorklund Foundation

Adopted by: McCarthy-Bjorklund
Foundation

Adopted by: Grandfather

Adopted by: Grandfather


The Fourth Row — Gifts of $5,000

Adopted by: Virginia & Bob Carlson, Jr.

Adopted by: Virginia & Bob Carlson, Jr.

Adopted by: St. Paul Technical Institute

Adopted by: St. Paul Technical Institute

Adopted by: Star Tribune/Cowles Media Company

Adopted by: Star Tribune/Cowles Media Company

Adopted by: Gausman & Moore

Adopted by: Gausman & Moore

Adopted by: Dayton Hudson Department Store Company

Adopted by: Dayton Hudson Department Store Company

Adopted by: George & Ann Cerny Family

Adopted by: George & Ann Cerny Family

Adopted by: Peter & Joyce Solberg

Adopted by: Peter & Joyce Solberg

Adopted by: West Publishing Company

Adopted by: West Publishing Company

Adopted by: Marge & Gus Boehm and Gen & Bud Peterson

Adopted by: Marge & Gus Boehm and Gen & Bud Peterson

Adopted by: First Bank System

Adopted by: First Bank System

Adopted by: Dorothy Longfellow

Adopted by: Dorothy Longfellow

Adopted by: Tom & Bonnie Spivak Family

Adopted by: Tom & Bonnie Spivak Family

Adopted by: Dugan & Pauline Lange

Adopted by: Dugan & Pauline Lange

Adopted by: Muriel & Robert Deneen

Adopted by: Muriel & Robert Deneen

Adopted by: Anonymous

Adopted by: Anonymous

Adopted by: Aunt Alice

Adopted by: Aunt Alice

Adopted by: For Grandchildren

Adopted by: For Grandchildren

Adopted by: Kelli Jean Stephenson

Adopted by: Kelli Jean Stephenson