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Horse Statue

Statue of Galloping Horse Donated to HPHA

The Horsham Preservation and Historical Association (HPHA) received a cast bronze statue of a horse at gallop from the Dillon family of New Hope. The Dillon’s, long time supporters of historic preservation and HPHA, moved from a horse farm in Buckingham to a new location that made it difficult to keep the statue for themselves and decided to give it a new home here at the Penrose-Strawbridge House.

photo of Horse Statue 1

The statue has now been placed next to the grave site and headstone of River Breeze, a thoroughbred steeplechase racer owned by Welsh and Margaret Strawbridge. The Strawbridge family owned the farm from 1921 until 1997, when it became a part of the Horsham Township Park System.

River Breeze won sixteen Steeplechase races in the 20’s and was Mr. Strawbridge’s favorite horse. The horse’s companion, a dog named Pip, was buried next to him. The area has been highlighted by a landscape design of river stone.

photo of Welsh Strawbridge and his champion steeplechaser Riverbreeze

The statue has become a favorite attraction ....

wedding party being photographed at the horse statue  at Penrose Strawbridge House

We are sad to report that Mr. Dillon passed away in 2011.

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Horse Statue 1
Cast bronze statue of a horse at gallop placed next to the grave site and headstone of River Breeze, a steeplechase horse owned by Welch and Margaret Strawbridge.
photo of Horse Statue 1
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Welsh and River Breeze
Welsh Strawbridge and his champion steeplechaser Riverbreeze. This photo shows the 1839 Barn before it burned down and was rebuilt in the 1950s. The well room had not been built at this time
photo of Welsh Strawbridge and his champion steeplechaser Riverbreeze
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eavesdropping on a wedding party celebrating around the horse statue on a gorgeous Saturday after noon in June at the Penrose Strawbridge House (if you were in this party and have an issue privacy please contact us and we'll take it down - or if you'd like to send us a better photo...)
wedding party being photographed at the horse statue  at Penrose Strawbridge House
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