AN EQUESTRIAN artist from West Ashling will visit Dorset to watch her 12ft bronze horse statue being paraded through the streets this weekend.
Shirley Pace, 81, came out of retirement to complete the project, which was first floated as an idea more than six years ago.
The sculpture was created in a barn in Donnington, where Shirley brought it to life in clay over a six-week period.
The sculpture will be paraded through the streets of Dorchester on Saturday on its way to becoming the focal point of a vital regeneration project.
Shirley will watch her magnificent one-and-a half-ton creation being drawn through the Dorset county town on a dray cart by two heavy horses before it is positioned at Brewery Square.
The breathtaking sculpture has been inspired by and created as a tribute to the last dray horses that worked at the site.
“I absolutely loved creating him,” said Shirley. “He took over my life for those six weeks. I lived it and breathed it. He was everything to me.
“I worked on him from 9am to 5pm every single day for six weeks. My family were not only forbearing, but endlessly supportive.”
A lifelong animal lover, Shirley is passionate about horses and they have inspired her art through the years.
“I shall be so proud to see him in place,” she said.