Dogwood Stable racehorses such as Palace Malice and Summer Squall are featured in a new coloring book.
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum partnered with local equine artist Stephanie M. Dunatov to create and publish the book.
Lisa Hall, coordinator of the Hall of Fame and Museum, came up with the idea. She had seen other coloring books with thoroughbred racing themes.
âI’ve wanted to do this for years,â Hall said. âI have tried many times to create the artwork myself, but I realize that I was not very good at it. So I put a post on Facebook looking for a local artist who wanted to work with me.
âStephanie Dunatov is actually a friend of mine, but I had no idea she would be interested,â Hall continued. “But she came back to me and volunteered her time to create the pages.”
Dunatov’s works are in private collections and she has been featured in Horses in Art and Art Calendar magazines. Art Calendar is now known as Professional Artist.
Photographers from Aiken, Kentucky, New York, Massachusetts and Georgia donated their photos for the coloring book illustrations.
The photos included one of Storm Song with Dogwood chairman Cot Campbell, taken by former Aiken Standard photographer Ginny Southworth.
Additionally, Dogwood, Adena Springs and the Tony Leonard Collection donated use of photos from their archives.
âWe’re so glad to have it (the coloring book) in time for the holidays,â Hall said.
Campbell, an Aiken resident who founded Dogwood Stable, was a pioneer in developing thoroughbred racing partnerships. Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes for Dogwood and Summer Squall won the 1990 Preakness Stakes.
Storm Song, a daughter of Summer Squall, received an Eclipse Award as the 1996 2-year-old filly champion after her victory in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Palace Malice, Summer Squall, and Storm Song all spent time training Aiken.
Dogwood Stable Racehorses coloring books are available for $ 10 each at the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Folly in downtown Aiken and the Center reception and museum of the Aiken train.
âWe had an anonymous donor who paid for the printing costs, so all the money (from the product) will go to the Hall of Fame and the museum to maintain the exhibits and create new ones,â Hall said.
If the Dogwood coloring book is well received, she wants the Hall of Fame and the museum involved in producing at least one more with a local thoroughbred racing theme.
âIt could very well turn into other projects,â Hall said. “I would like to do a coloring book about the horses in our Hall of Fame.”
The Hall of Fame and Museum can be found in Hopelands Gardens at 135 Dupree Place.