Exquisite Hand-Carved Hardwood Heirloom Rocking Horses
HENNESSY ARE HANDMADE TO ORDER. PLEASE ALLOW SIX WEEKS BEFORE SHIPPING.
Hennessy Horses combine the magnificence and imaginative flare of traditional carved rocking horses with artist Crayne Hennessy's own sense of grace and precision. Each Hennessy Horses heirloom rocking horse is individually sculpted, hand painted and outfitted to perfection. These unique handmade works of art are a pure joy for both children and adults.
You may choose everything about your horse to customize it to your liking: the size, the colors of the mane, tail and eyes as well as the saddle and saddle cloth.
- SIZE: This listing is for the medium size Standard Edition horse. The Standard Edition horse is only available as a swing stand model and measures 47" length x 41" height x 16" width. The Standard Edition Hennessy Horse also comes in a large size here. It measures 58" length 50" height and 20" width.
- The swing stand is a design originating in America in the late-nineteenth century and avidly adopted by European horse makers. The swing stand enables the horse to move in an engagingly realistic way.
- HORSE COLOR: Every Hennessy Horse wooden rocking horse is a sculpted personalized masterpiece - a true work of art. Hennessy horses are available in several natural finishes of select hardwoods, chosen for their superb beauty and resilience. The dappling of the Dapple Grey Hennessy Horse is embedded deep within twenty coats of the finest lacquer, giving a translucent porcelain-like finish.
- SADDLE LEATHER: Each Hennessy Horse is immaculately outfitted with the highest quality tack. The English saddles are entirely handcrafted using fine leather and brass fittings, complete with solid brass stirrups. Both the leather saddle and bridle are removable, allowing children the pleasure of grooming their own horse. Saddles and bridles are available in dark brown and medium brown leather
- MANE AND TAIL: Hennessy Horses have genuine horsehair manes and tails. Manes and tails are available in black, brown, chestnut, palomino or salt-and-pepper.
- HORSE EYE COLOR: The horse's radiant eyes are available in your choice of dark brown, light brown, blue or green.
- SADDLE CLOTH: Hennessy Horses are supplied with a bright suede saddle cloth, in a choice medium brown, dark green, red and both bright and pale blue.
- ROSETTE: A colorful rosette on the martingale, in the center of the horse's chest, is available in blue, red, green or yellow.
Occasionally certain woods or color choices may be unattainable.
On stand of every Hennessy Horse, is a brass plaque engraved with the name of the maker, though you may request a special plaque with space for your own dedication (call 312-330-2640).
When cherished, these horses will live for generations. The materials and workmanship are, of course, guaranteed.
(Hennessy Horses Premium Edition horses are made from hand-picked walnut, maple, or oak. They come in small, medium, and large sizes and can be ordered either on a swing stand or bow rocker. You can see our Premium Edition Hennessy Horses here.)
About the Sculptor - Sculptor and craftsman Crayne Hennessy comes from Seattle and has worked extensively in the US and Europe. He has designed and built houses, both full-size and miniature, fine furniture and personal as well as public sculptures.
He has loved horses since childhood and has found being a rocking horse maker a wonderful way to perpetuate a valuable tradition and explore his own creativity. He takes pleasure in sculpting a new generation of heirlooms that bring joy to children and adults alike.
Crayne also runs a business doing fine woodworking and cabinetry in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Rocking Horse Story
Toy horses have been part of our lives since early times. Placed on wheels, pulled by string, or transformed into a stick horse to carry the imagination of the rider, toy horses have enchanted the young for three thousand years. Not only children, but adults too, delight in play horses Socrates himself galloped about with his children on their hobbyhorse. Imitation horses have amused, yet also trained and educated, as in the Middle Ages when budding knights practiced jousting on wheeled horses and later on carousels.
The 'rockinghorse' first appeared in seventeenth-century Europe. Charles I of England had one as a boy, and his horse survives to this day. Enormously popular throughout Georgian and Victorian times in Britain, these toys also flourished in Germany and in America until the mid part of this century, when production of fine rocking horses almost disappeared. Yet, a revival in England during the last twenty years has seen a remarkable resurgence of this historical and dearly-loved toy.