Célou celebrates her 25 years of riding and caring for equines by creating magnificent bronze sculptures in her expressive impressionistic style. Many of her creations are made and donated to charitable organizations, which benefit horses, and those who care for them.
The work entitled “Friends” brilliantly captures the warm interaction between human and horse. This imaginative piece was designed for the Fran Joswick Riding Center for disabled children. Célou generously donated this piece which was used to raise $25,000 at a benefit for this wonderful organization.
With the success of “Friends,” her talents are in great demand. Célou was asked to create two sculptures for the Santa Fe Hunt which she titled “Astro and the Fox” and “Gary and the Pup.” She then went on to create “Pawneese” for the St. Margaret’s School, “Prix de Diane for the Grand Prix Jumping at the Oaks Classic in San Ruan Capistrano and “Pegassus” for the United Pegasus Foundation, an organization devoted to the care, feeding an rehabilitation of ex-racehorses.
Among her more celebrated pieces are “The Last Chukker” which she created for polo enthusiast and vintner Brookes Firestone. She created a bronze of the Kentucky Derby winner “Ferdinand” for the horse’s owner Mr. H. Keck. She has also sculpted the whip that Bill Shoemaker carried while riding Ferdinand that is signed by Bill Shoemaker and trainer Charlie Whittingham. She created a bronze of Sunday Silence,a horse she rode when he was an unknown two year old racehorse.
Célou create a bronze sculpture of the whip Laffit Pincay Jr. carried during his world record setting of 8,834 wins. This sculpture is signed By Laffit Pincay jr. and is a limited edition of 50. All proceeds will benefit retired thoroughbred racehorses, the United Pegasus Foundation.
Her creativity is unlimited and many new sculptures are created every year with joy and passion for her work.