Arabian Horses for Humanity 

Frequently asked questions

Where will the Arabian Horses For Humanity programs be held?

The AHH program can be used by either clubs, Regions, or individual Arabian owners to utilize in their individual cities, states or AHA Region. In conjunction with the organizers of each individual campaign, each sponsor will determine where they would like to display their featured statue prior to its donation to their selected charity.

How many Statues are in Arabian Horses for Humanity?

This will be an ever evolving and changing number as various individuals, clubs, and regions develop campaigns in their chosen areas. It will be kept updated on the Arabian Horses for Humanity website.

Where are the individual horse statues displayed?

The Arabian statues may be displayed inside or out, throughout a state, AHA Region or a single community, in front of businesses, along streets, in parks, or other public places where sponsors and event managers can get local approval for, turning the area into an outdoor art exhibit of life sized Arabian horses. All the Arabian statues can be seen by the public, free of charge.

Who are the artists?

Each individual sponsor is responsible for choosing their own artist to paint their Arabian horse statue. While the blank Arabian horse sculptures remain the same, each artist and sponsor decide together the theme for their decoration of their statue, inspired by either their charitable choice, the cultural influences and history of their community, or by their own interpretation of the Arabian horse as an object of art.

Are the artists paid for their work?

Each sponsor is responsible for working out details with their chosen artists. Some similar campaigns have utilized donated artist time to promote aspiring talents or local artist communities or schools, at other times sponsors pay for a professional artist or painter of their choice. For instance, the first protoype, the 50th Anniversary US National Golden Horse, was painted by Unique Restoration, a local Tulsa car business and cost $2500 for the preparation, painting, airbrushing and clear coating. The similar program, the original Cow Parade, has contributed well over $30 million to artist communities around the world.

What are the Arabian horse statues made of?

The Arabian horse statues are manufactured using a mixture of Class II Fire Retardant Laminating Resin and chopped roving fiberglass over an initial brushed-on layer of polyester gel coat. Then several layers of chapped strand matting fiberglass are hand-laid and wetted with the laminating resin to the point of full saturation. Steel is placed at specific stress points. Each Arabian horse statue arrives with a coat of primer applied by the manufacturer. The horse weighs approximately 120 pounds before application by the artist and mounting on the base. For public display, the horses are usually mounted to concrete or wooden bases weighing approximately 200 pounds.

How big are the Arabian horses?

Life Size. The horses come in one position – standing (head up). The standing horse is 78″H (top of head) 22″W x 92″L and weighs about 120 lbs.

How big are the bases for the statues?

Each statue can be mounted on a steel plate. 72” L x 28” W which can be included with each statue for $150 undrilled or $225 drilled. The statue will NOT ship attached to the plate and will not include fasteners.

How does the shipping work?

Shipping and handling fees are additional. A shipping estimate will be provided upon request. Forms are normally shipped via freight forwarding, which is the least expensive way to deliver the statue to the sponsor. Sponsors may also pick up their statue(s). If the sponsor chooses to have the statue shipped, Cowpainters recommends that a dock and a crew be available when the forms arrive. If a delivery service that is more accommodating is needed, (a truck equipped with a lift gate or a guaranteed delivery date) Cowpainters can arrange that with additional fees.

Do the Arabian horses ever get damaged or harmed?

Too much public affection, and sometimes vandalism can take its toll on the horses and some horses need repair during and after the public display. Sponsors are responsible for the maintenance on their statue until they are donated to the chosen charity for display and auction. For comparison – what is the highest selling cow in Cow Parade? The most ever paid for a cow at auction was $150,000 for Penny Bull, a cow sculpted into a longhorn steer and covered in pennies. It was part of CowParade Austin, Texas, and created by artist Tao Labossiere

As a sponsor, what do I have to pay for?

The full size Arabian horse statue is $3500 plus shipping to your horse’s destination, which will be facilitated by the company MDP uses to produce the statues. In addition, the sponsor may also pay a fee to the artist (to be negotiated) plus the materials the artist will need to decorate the Arabian horse statue.

What benefit do I get as a sponsor?

In addition to the main items listed, the sponsor will be part of a PR and media campaign that commences from the moment you pay for the Arabian horse statue through to the final destination of your statue.

As a sponsor, am I able to capitalize on my sponsorship of Arabian Horses for Humanity by building that into my own marketing during this period?

Yes. You are able to make reference to the Arabian Horses for Humanity in your marketing material and also if you are undertaking Corporate Social Responsibility events with your staff and local community. This is a good way to link your sponsorship of the Arabian Horses for Humanity with your chosen charity and use this to involve staff, the charity and the local community in further fundraising activities.

What if I want to keep the Arabian Horse statue I have sponsored?

Although you pay for the Arabian Horse statue at the beginning, the purpose is to create a work of art that will fetch a good price at auction. If you want to retain the Arabian horse statue, then you will need to bid for it at its auction.

Can I buy a statue and keep it myself?

The purpose of the Arabian Horses for Humanity project is to build a bigger story about how the Arabian Horse can unite and benefit humanity, therefore the charitable venue is a key component of this marketing campaign. In order for a sponsor to keep ownership of a statue they have developed, it must be purchased by them as an individual sponsor with the charity chosen by the MDP.

What are my opportunities and responsibilities as a Live Arabian Connection?

Live Arabian Connection supporters will receive a unique and long- lasting accessibility to connect their farm or businesses to a work of art that will live for a long time outside of the environs of our regular Arabian horse circle. By participating as a Live Arabian Connection for a statue they will also have a direct pathway to the corresponding charity, its patrons, and the function where the statue will eventually be sold. Ideally, the Live Arabian Connection supporter will have a live Arabian horse where the statues are on display and at the charity auction/fundraiser.

Why does part of the cost of the statute go to the AHA MDP?

AHA MDP has developed this event as a way to promote the Arabian horse outside of our community and to also generate separate funding for the promotion of the Arabian horse. All of the money generated will support future marketing and promotion opportunities for the Arabian Horse, not for any specific organization or club.

Can Sponsors organize getting the Arabian horse statue painted?

Yes, you can undertake the painting of the Arabian horse statue yourselves.

I would like to have the Arabian horse statue I sponsor displayed within the vicinity of my place of work. Is this possible?

Sponsors may propose a site for their Arabian horse statue near their premises.

How will the Arabian horse statue be displayed?

Each Arabian horse statue will be secured to a solid base that will be constructed by the sponsor and/or artist. The bases can be varied depending on where it will be located – for instance, the 50th Anniversary Gold horse was easily mounted on wheels to facilitate moving it. Other statues displayed in a different manner can be bolted to concrete or more permanent bases depending on each situation. No one is allowed to climb on the Arabian horse statue and there will be signs available to each statue owner.