argo.jpgArgo has gone up for auction on

This stunning aqua blue fibreglass horse has been painted by the wonderful Lucy Lawless in support of Starship Children's Hospital. Aptly named 'Argo' after Xena's horse, Lucy was inspired by the ancient Egyptian faience sculptures of the waterhorse or hippo, most fearsome of all African animals. "I was intrigued by the idea of a 'water-horse',"

Lucy says. "It is a very serene piece and would look good in a garden setting or close to water. It made me feel good to have it around and I wrote words up the legs which seem to me, the components of joy." The words written up the legs are "love" "peace" and "gratitude". Lucy has also promised to bring her paintbrush and will personalise the horse for the winning buyer. All proceeds from the winning bid will come directly to the Starship Foundation

The horse is 229cm long, 50cm wide and 208cm in height and weighs 52kg. It is mounted onto two plywood bases (one for the front hoofs and one for the back) so they stand independent of other aids. The bases are covered in artificial grass. Buyer must collect the horse from Ellerslie Racecourse. Please bid generously on this unique and beautiful piece of art. We're betting this horse is a good investment!

"Argo is a Starship Warrior Princess and I hope she finds a good home somewhere," says Lucy.

Auckland Cup Week is fast-approaching and Ellerslie is taking it to the streets!
As the countrys best horses and jockeys get geared up for Auckland Cup Week and racings ultimate titles, 18 life-size white horses have been transformed into exquisite works of art by 18 interesting kiwis as part of the Resene Fastest Art Exhibition. This journey replicates that of 18 thoroughbred horses in the $2.2 million Telecom New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie; with each horse having spent the past few months racing against other talented horses in a bid to qualify for a starting spot in New Zealands richest race on March 5th 2011.