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Cape man makes replicas of Special Equestrians logos

By Staff | Oct 19, 2010

A Cape Coral resident made two wooden replicas of the Special Equestrians emblem, which were installed at the entrance of the Fort Myers ranch last week.
Richard Perry, who has lived in Florida for the past 12 years, said woodworking is something he enjoys to do because of the relaxation he gains from working on a project.
Since he has volunteered at Special Equestrians for a number of years, he wanted to make a wooden replica of the horse and rider, which is featured in the Special Equestrian emblem.
The two wooden horses took 3 1/2 months to complete and are 4-feet by 5-feet in size. The two horses weigh more than 150 pounds each.
“They are amazing,” Special Equestrians Board of Directors President Jan Fifer said. “Everyone is marveling at them, they are just beautiful.”
She said the horses are facing towards the gate, so it looks like they are drawing everyone in the property.
“(Perry) wanted to make these horse statues out of wood for the entrance of the property,” she said, adding that when he was asked to make two, he did not hesitate to make both of them.
Fifer said Special Equestrians is a program that provides therapeutic horse back riding lessons for adults and children with disabilities. She said the organization moved to a 10-acre farm 3 1/2 years ago and now has 12 horses.
“We are hoping for good things in the future,” Fifer said.
Special Equestrians is located at 5121 Staley Road. For information, call 239-226-1221.