Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00
Nassau County has agreed to provide $25,000 in funding for the restoration of the Horse Tamer statue at Roslyn High School. More than $60,000 has now been pledged toward the Friends of the Horse Tamer’s overall fundraising goal of $100,000.
The statue, which had stood for more than half a century in the circle in front of the high school’s main entrance, was removed from its pedestal last year as an emergency measure. It remains in storage and safely out of the elements while the fundraising effort for its restoration continues. It was originally one of a pair of statues on the grounds of Harbor Hill, the Mackay estate, and was moved to the high school when the property was developed as Country Estates in the 1950s. The other Horse Tamer remained in the yard of a private home until only a few years ago. It has been undergoing restoration, as well, and is slated to be installed permanently in a new site in Roslyn’s Gerry Park in the near future. Funding for that restoration was also supported by Nassau County as well as private donations.
Friends of the Horse Tamer is an organization of Roslyn alumni, students, staff and other interested residents who are working to preserve this important historical monument and irreplaceable symbol of the school. They are optimistic that these county funds, along with the continued generosity of private donors, will enable the restoration to begin in the near future, and look forward to the statue’s return to its place at Roslyn High School.