Horse Charity IHWT and artist Tony O’Connor launch a ‘Winters Tail’ for Christmas 2011


Winters Tail by artist Tony O'Connor

Christmas is coming and the Irish Horse Welfare Trust has launched its 2011 Charity Christmas Cards, with a specially commissioned piece by celebrated equestrian artist Tony O’Connor, aptly called a ‘Winters Tail’.

The inspired and beautiful Christmas card captures the feeling of a magical and spirited Christmas scene of a snowscape and horse on a festive winter’s day.

As one of Ireland’s leading equestrian artists, Cork-based O’Connor is a longtime supporter of IHWT work.  “Personally as an artist, it is fantastic to see my paintings actually ‘make a difference’ to a charity like IHWT.  A Winters Tail, was the ideal choice for a Christmas card to help raise some much needed funds to help  horses in need this winter,” he adds

O’Connor discusses how his inspiration for this painting came from Irish winter mornings, when the frost has left its mark on each blade of grass amidst the serenity of the countryside. The warmth of the horse underneath, the only sounds being the hoof beats on crisp earth, the odd nicker or snort from the horse and the caw of crows from the woods.”

Jane Myerscough, Chairwoman of IHWT explains, “We are delighted with a Winters Tail, and are ever grateful to Tony in donating his wonderful work in aid of IHWT.  All proceeds from the sale of these cards go to directly to the Irish Horse Welfare Trust . We are asking all breeders, trainers, riders, riding clubs, and equestrian related organisations ,  to support IHWT by buying these cards and using them as their Charity Card of Choice for 2011.”

Cards can be ordered on line for a pack costing €10.00 for 2 packs excluding postage.  For larger orders please email directly.

Cards can be purchased on line at  and Cheques can be posted to with a forwarding address to :

IHWT, Equine Welfare Centre, Ballinamona, Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow

For more information on Tony O’Connor and his art

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