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Under stARTers orders

Under stARTers orders is a unique public arts initiative designed to help raise funds for the vital work of two fantastic charities local to Kildare, Irish Injured Jockeys & Sensational Kids. It is a collection of 21 life-size resin horse sculptures which have been exclusively painted by some of Ireland’s leading equine and contemporary artists and are currently on public display in and around Kildare.

All 21 horses will be sold and all funds raised will be divided equally between the two local charities. People all over the world now have the opportunity to bid on their favourite pieces of equine art via our online site (just click ‘go to online auction’ on the top of this page). A ‘buy out’ option is also available if you wish to remove a horse from the auction now and secure it for an agreed fee.

On Friday 28th June, on day 2 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh, 6 of the horses will be sold at a live auction. This is an opportunity for corporates, host locations, art collectors and anyone who loves horse racing both here in Ireland and around the world to support the work of the Irish Injured Jockeys & Sensational Kids by securing a superb piece of life-size equine art to enjoy for years to come.

To bid for your favourite horse now, click ‘go to online auction’. To find out more about the live auction, call Dave Southern on +353 87 672 7911.



Under stARTers orders will be temporarily located in key locations in May and June and artists will be working with well-known personalities from the world of sport and entertainment who will be approached to paint and decorate the 21 life-sized statues. The brightly adorned horses will be found “grazing” and taking in the scenery in prominent locations across Kildare and surrounding counties to create excitement and enthusiasm to coincide with the opening of the redeveloped Curragh Racecourse.

An interactive map of the horses’ locations will be available creating an exciting Trail for people to follow.

There will be an opportunity to sponsor individual horses with the plan to then auction off all the horses at an event in advance of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby during the week of 27th-29th June with the proceeds benefiting both charities.


January 2019

Resin sculptures are distributed to invited Artists.

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January – March 2019

Artists paint/decorate individual horses.

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March 2019

All completed under stARTers orders sculptures are returned, official photographs are taken and the tourist trail is finalised.

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April 2019

Online auction goes live. All 20 pieces of art are displayed in central locations for Public Viewing.

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June 2019

Pre-Derby Live Auction for a selection of the sculptures before the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival which takes place from 27th to 29th June 2019.

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July 2019

Online Auction Closes. Under stARTers orders horses delivered to their new owners.

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