Bits and pieces: Blue Horse catches Fergie’s eye

Sylvain Tremblay's Blue Horse has been bought at a charity auction by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
Sylvain Tremblay’s Blue Horse has been bought at a charity auction by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

An equestrian painting by a Canadian artist has caught they eye of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, whose purchase at a charity auction in London will support international water projects.

Ferguson bought Blue Horse, by Dubai based Sylvain Tremblay, at the Formula E charity event at the Natural History Museum in London. The painting was among several by the artist, inspired by the Dubai World Cup racing meeting.

The price for Blue Horse is not known, but the auction contributed to more than $1 million being raised in support of One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, to fund a new safe water access project in Guatemala.

Sheikh’s daughter writes of equine experiences

tajaarubA new book by a daughter of one of horse racing’s most famous figures has just been released. Written by Shaikha Hessa Bint Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 19-year-old daughter of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, Tajaarub: From a Horsewoman’s Journey explores the connection between humans and horses.

Shaikha Hessa’s assistant said: “Shaikha Hessa is an accomplished horsewoman who likes a natural horsemanship style of riding. She likes to be surrounded by horses and has a rare affection for them.

“With the support and encouragement of her father, Shaikh Hamdan, as she grew older Shaikha Hessa developed a unique bond with horses and decided to document this journey in her book.”

Tajaarub – which means experiences in Arabic – was launched earlier this year and will soon be available in British book shops, and 50% of proceeds from sales going to the Rashid Centre for Disabled and Dubai Rehabilitation Centre For Disabled.

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