Kristin Hardiman exhibits at Club Scotts for Spring Carnival

‘Before Dawn Warwick Farm’ by Kristin Hardiman.

CLUB Scotts is hosting a Spring Carnival art exhibition of thoroughbred racehorses by one of Australia’s best equine artists, Kristin Hardiman.

The exhibition is running through to Monday 7 November.

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Kristin’s exhibition includes artworks of many of Australia’s champion racehorses including Winx, Makybe Diva and Verry Eleegant.

Kristin, a Scotts Head local, began her equine painting journey about 25 years ago when her daughter asked if she could paint horses.

“Painting horses started off as a challenge,” Kristin told News Of The Area.

“I loved the beauty of the horses and especially the way they move.”

Painting them became a passion which saw the artist regularly visiting the early morning track sessions at Warwick Farm racetrack.

“I took lots of photos while I was there.

“The atmosphere was amazing with the early morning twilight in the stables and on the track.”

Here Kristin shares some background to her favourite paintings in the exhibition.

‘Hallowed Crown’ is a study in how a horse can create that burst of speed when they run.

“They have a big heart, and they pump lots of air through their bodies and lungs.

“This horse was a successful horse on the track, but only raced for a couple of years being bought by a stud in the Hunter Valley as a sire.”

‘Winx’ is based on photos Kristin took at Winx’s final race in 2019, The Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

“Winx is arguably Australia’s best racehorse.

“She had 33 straight wins including 25 Group 1s, which is the highest level.

“She is also the only horse to have won four Cox plates beating Kingston Town by one.”

Kristin attended, photographed and painted 29 of her 33 wins.

“Winx has just had her first foal a few weeks ago.”

Kristin will be in attendance at Club Scotts on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October and on Tuesday, 1 November for the Melbourne Cup.


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