Well-known equine racing artist Christine Picavet has created an oil painting of Zenyatta at Oaklawn Park that she has donated to racehorse charity Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue.
SCTR is a non-profit organization devoted to the welfare and safety of “at risk” ex-racehorses. Since its inception in June 2008 the Norco, Calif., charity has provided shelter, rehabilitation and re-training services to approximately 50 Thoroughbreds and currently cares for thirty-two rescued animals.
The oil painting of Zenyatta by Picavet, a French artist of international renown and a former exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham, measures 20"x24" inches (26”x30” framed) and is available for $10,500. Picavet is also donating all proceeds from the sale of 100 numbered and signed prints of Zenyatta on archival paper or canvas (in limited quantity) for $200 each.
Early buyers of prints this week included trainer Kenny McPeek and Manny Cadima of Louisville Thoroughbred Club/Thoroughbred Racing Nation. The painting and prints will be displayed in the Clubhouse at Del Mar on Aug. 7 with the permission of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
Shoot It Photography's Yetta and Bill Feltner, who, like Picavet support many charitable fundraising activities, provided several photographs of Zenyatta to be used as references.
Caroline Betts, president of SCTR, said “We are deeply appreciative of Christine’s fundraiser and hope it is successful not only for the generous donation that it represents to our horses, but also to honor Christine's beautiful equine artistry and passionate support for humane Thoroughbred retirement.”
All inquiries regarding the painting or prints can be made to SCTR at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the SCTR, see www.sctbrescue.org.