|Stolen colt found||
Page 1 Next >>
|SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A group of friends from Schenectady found themselves in the middle of one of Saratoga's biggest mysteries Saturday afternoon.|
kayaking trip on the Schoharie Creek, Barbara Blanchard and Julie Smolinski noticed a
strange shape in the water underneath the Thruway bridge.
It turned out to be the fiberglass horse that had been taken from its concrete base in front of Saratoga Arms on Broadway last Saturday morning.
''From far, far away, we said, 'That looks like a horse in the water,''' Blanchard said. She had read about the recent horse thefts around Saratoga and even remembered seeing this one, named ''"My Petite Fleur,'' which helped her figure out where the horse had probably come from.
The 15-year-old Smolinski, visiting Schenectady from Trumbull, Conn., and Blanchard were separated from the rest of their party, which had stayed behind at the launch site to enjoy the afternoon. Art Edelstein, his daughter, Rachel, and Teresa Kennedy were waiting by the group's parked van for Blanchard to call and tell them when to go meet them.
Kennedy said the group was using two-way radios to communicate, and it had been a while since anything had been heard from Blanchard and Smolinski.
''Barb had just taken Julie out for a kayaking lesson. There was only two kayaks, so we stayed behind,'' Kennedy said.
''I got on the radio and said, 'Barbara, come in. Where are you?' She responded, 'We're having an adventure,''' Kennedy said.
The story of how they found the horse soon followed, and Art Edelstein drove the van to meet the two kayakers and their new friend.
The group returned the brown, flower-covered fiberglass horse to the Saratoga Springs Police Department just after 6 p.m. Saturday.
Lieutenant Edward Moore of the Saratoga Springs Police Department said there was minimal damage to the horse. He said there are still no suspects in its theft.
''These types of cases are difficult to investigate,'' Moore said, ''but we will continue to follow up on it as much as we can.''
He also praised the group for their efforts and said they did everything just as they should have.
''They were kind enough to bring it back to us, which they didn't have to do,'' Moore said.
''My Petite Fleur'' is one of 24 horses put on display by the city, the Saratoga Arts Council, and the YMCA. In recent weeks, several of the horses have become targets of vandalism and theft.
''I just think the people doing this are so mean,'' said Kennedy.
|Editorial Piece in the Saratogian
It's sad and embarrassing that so many people have found enjoyment in
vandalizing and stealing public art in Saratoga Springs.
HORSE STATUE FOUND IN CREEK
|From Blood-Horse (A horse racing publication)
Stolen From Saratoga Exhibit Found
"My Petite Fleur," a 60-pound fiberglass colt who was stolen from its
display base in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on July 20 was discovered floating in Schoharie
Creek over the weekend.
SPORTS DESK | July 29, 2002, Monday
By Joe Drape (NYT)
LEAD PARAGRAPH - One of the Spa's biggest mysteries was solved yesterday afternoon when a pair of kayakers found a painted fiberglass horse floating on Schoharie Creek. The object d'art, titled My Petite Fleur, was one of 24 displayed around town; they have apparently become an inviting target for aesthetically critical horse thieves.
But the pieces for the Spa's other puzzle are a long way from being sorted out. Saratoga's stakes coordinator, Andrew Byrnes, is struggling to rustle up 3-year-olds for next Sunday's Grade II Jim Dandy.
Page 1 Next >>
To Top of Main Page