24ct Gold Rio Olympic Horseshoe Memento, Simply Sensational.
Image credit: Libby Law Photography kindly supplied by ESNZ.
One of the highlights of last year was transforming a horseshoe worn by Balmoral Sensation during the 2016 Rio Olympics into a Horseshoe Memento. A gift from us to Clarke Johnstone from New Zealand to commemorate his Olympic debut aboard Ritchie (Balmoral Sensation), and to celebrate his achievement of sixth place in the Equestrian Individual Eventing.
Balmoral Sensation’s horseshoe (above), travelled back from Rio de Janeiro to New Zealand with Clarke.
What first struck us about the shoe when we received it (aside from the very cool heart bar design), was how heavy it was. And then, all the little nicks and scratches etched into the horseshoe from impacting the surfaces of the Olympic Equestrian Centre at Deodoro. It might seem a crime to then polish the imprints away however they were replaced with ‘BALMORAL SENSATION’ engraved into the toe, and ‘RIO 2016’ engraved into the heart. The highly polished base showcases the 24ct gold finish to perfection and really sets the Olympic horseshoe apart as something very special. Two 24ct gold plated horseshoe nails accompany the shoe in a case for safe keeping.
It was a real privilege to work on a shoe of such international sporting significance and we were delighted with the finished result. The horseshoe was really impressive to begin with in its raw state, but the transformation produced a stunning memento that has real ‘wow’ factor and will no doubt be a cherished piece of Olympic history for Clarke and his family who own Balmoral Sensation.
Clarke was very appreciative of the gift and was kind enough to post his response on Instagram and Facebook which was then picked up as a story from Fairfax journalist Jo Lines-MacKenzie and published in the Waikato Times newspaper and on stuff.co.nz. Follow the link http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/86480440/Olympic-eventer-Clarke-Johnstone-gets-golden-glow to read the article and find out who of special significance to Clarke was going to receive the shoe (just to borrow for a short time).
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