No Bull: Retiree’s Hobby Results in Larger-Than-Life Bronze of Grade 1 Winner

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Flashy Bull prior to his win in the 2007 Stephen Foster Handicap Flashy Bull prior to his win in the 2007 Stephen Foster Handicap

Many people take up hobbies after they retire – gardening, fishing, woodworking, etc. When Robert Gaynor retired from practicing law, he combined his love of horse racing with his artistic ability and came up with an 8-foot tall bronze statue of one of favorite Thoroughbreds – Flashy Bull.

Gaynor’s connection to Flashy Bull was through the colt’s ownership – Gaynor was a part of West Point Thoroughbred’s syndicate that campaigned the colt during his racing career. The Newton, MA-native began sculpting when he was in high school, and his passion continued to grow through the years.

After he retired, Gaynor began to work on Flashy Bull, first sculpting a small clay model of the horse, then completing a model that was 4-foot in size. After that, he decided to go even bigger.

Working in a friend’s art studio, Gaynor worked on the sculpture for almost two years. He never let his family in on the project, deciding to surprise them instead.

“For two years he told me he was making me a present,” his wife, Lynne, told the Boston Globe, “because he didn’t want me to get nervous about the size.”

The now complete bronze of Flashy Bull, which stands 8 feet high and is 11 feet long, weighs a ton. The statue was placed near a hedge on a corner of Gaynor’s property, facing the nearby street.

Read more in the Boston Globe

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  • fb0252

    Interesting story since sculpting horses in bronze has long history. More to this than meets the eye! Futile and interesting efforts of Leonardo Da Vinci to sculpt a bronze horse around 1490 that was also preceded by a clay model subsequently used by invading French army for target practice.

  • rachel

    Ver beautiful…ps Paulick staff…the horse faces the house, not the street…his wife didn’t want look at his butt every day!

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