at the service of the Skyros horse.
Quotidien de Namur, 7 May 2005
On Friday the 6th of May, on the occasion of the 10th twinning anniversary
between Gembloux and the island of Skyros, prince Laurent of Belgium inaugurated
a unique horse art exhibition at the Senghor and Athena halls of the Faculty
of Agronomics of Gembloux.
This exhibition was organised by a non-profit organisation called SILVA that
is dedicated to the preservation of the Skyros horse, an ancient horse that
is today nearly extinct. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to
discover the works – paintings, sculptures and photography – of
21 artists coming from Belgium, France, Greece and the United States. In addition
to the original works, a large range of reproductions is sold to the benefit
of the Skyros horse.
These small horses, possibly the last survivors of the cavalcades of Alexander
the Great, distinguish themselves from other ponies due to their naturally
mild character and their therapeutic capabilities with normal and handicapped
The SILVA organisation has the objective to continue breeding and promoting
the Skyros horse so that it will never again reach the verge of extinction.
Through the SILVA Project the organisation also develops new activities for
the Skyros horse such as riding for children and hippotherapy. These activities
will hopefully ensure a permanent new role is found for the breed.
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