News & Events
EVENTS. . .
Artist Cheryl Ward's Painting Horses on CBS Early Show
Watch Cheryl Ward and her painting horses in their national television debut on The CBS News Early Show, below.
NEWS. . .
Cheryl Ward continues her experiments with her four horses using primarily attraction-based methods and posts her findings on her new blog, I Feel Good, My Horse Feels Good: The Beauty and Simplicity of Training with Attraction.
And to balance the more serious side of her training posts, she's
also created a comic strip,
Horse Pucky (sample above), also posted at her blog.
Over four years and four horses later, Artist/Trainer Cheryl Ward has encapsulated how she taught her four horses how to paint. She's written a 10-page tutorial that details the steps involved in teaching any horse how to make their mark on canvas.
& Juliet Bring Laughter and Smiles to Equifest 2008
Artist Cheryl Ward and painters Romeo and Juliet wowed the crowds at Equifest 2008 with custom paintings, book signings and training demonstrations.
Visitors to the Painting Horses' tent were able to pick their own colors, collaborate on composition and watch their own paintings come to life. The horses also signed copies of the children's book they star in, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet. Ward shared her insights into the positive motivation methods she uses with the horses, giving demonstrations for spectators and reporters.
Horses Sign Books at Two
Libraries in Florida
Artist, author and trainer Cheryl Ward appeared with her horses Romeo and Juliet at two Florida libraries as they autographed copies of their children's book, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet. They appeared at two locations on the same day, Coastal Region Library in Crystal River, Florida and Lakes Region Library in Inverness, Florida. The horses also demonstrated their painting skills for library patrons.
In the children's book, Romeo and Juliet grow tired of eating grass and living in a barn. They decide they want to move into a house and eat cake with a Chihuahua! Read more about the book here.
Heritage Days in Floral City, Florida
Artist, author and trainer Cheryl Ward appeared with her horses Romeo and Juliet as part of Heritage Days in Floral City, Florida on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007.
It was a clear, sunny day in Floral City and the horses painted
and signed copies of their books all day.
Florida Equine Capital Expo Hosts Romeo &
Romeo and Juliet appeared at the Florida Equine Capital Expo in Ocala, Florida on November 16-18, 2007 and signed copies of their children's book, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet. They also created custom paintings for visitors.
The location for the horses couldn't have been better, right next to Texas Thunder! It's an impressive sight to see the giant Percherons, marching out to their performances. Quite a sight.
The Expo was held in the heart of horse country at HITS Post Time Farm, 13710 US Hwy 27, Ocala, Florida 34482. The show grounds include 300 acres, 26 permanent barns, 400 permanent stalls, RV sites with full hookups and ample parking.
Horses Appear at Benefit for Humane Society
Room for One More Pet Rescue and the Humane Society of Citrus County (HSCC) hosted Romeo and Juliet at the 2nd Annual HSCC Pet Expo on a beautiful day filled with pets, paintings and prizes. The horses demonstrated their painting skills for the attendees and also signed copies of the children's book they star in, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet.
Museum Exhibits Horses' Paintings
Photo by Museum of Florida Art
The Museum of Florida Art in Deland, Florida, hosted the paintings of Romeo, Juliet and DaVinci in the exhibition Equus III, The Art of the Horse, from April 13 to June 17, 2007.
The Art of the Horse exhibit was the first location DaVinci's paintings were displayed publicly.
Sign their Books on Author Day in Floral City
Romeo and Juliet signed copies of their new book, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet, on "Author Day" at Off the Beaten Path (see Romeo at right).
Instead of holding paint brushes in their mouths as they normally do when they paint, the horses hold markers in their teeth and sign the inside page of the children's book. Cheryl made a book holder with an opening just the right size for the horses to make their mark.
In addition to signing their books, the horses also demonstrated their painting skills (see Juliet at right).
2007 article highlights Painting Horses
Romeo and Juliet performed for visitors at Equifest 2007 by painting on canvas with brushes in their mouths and by signing copies of their children's book, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet.
One reporter, Amy Rippel of the Daytona Beach News Journal, noted in her articlethe following day, "Although Ward...and her horses were only a small part of the Equifest Family Festival...they garnered big attention."
magazine publishes Cheryl Ward's article about horses
Cover photo by Helen Dishaw
An article about horses in a bird magazine? You bet.
The mission of Good Bird magazine! is to "empower the human/animal bond with positive reinforcement." Since Cheryl's work with horses matches that mission, specifically her work with DaVinci, she became a natural choice for the magazine.
In working with DaVinci, a horse who's recovering from an equine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she discovered that by treating him as if he were a wild bird that had no restraints and could fly away at any moment, he could rapidly improve.
(See Installment 2: Wings from The Diary of DaVinci for more about DaVinci's free flight training).
Cheryl's article, "If Horses Had Wings," appears in the Spring 2007
issue of Good Bird magazine! on pp. 79-84.
County Chronicle runs front page story on Romeo & Juliet
Photo by Dave Sigler, Citrus County Chronicle
The Citrus County Chronicle, a Florida newspaper, publishes a
front page story about Romeo and Juliet and features Juliet at
her easel as the photo of the day.
Romeo & Juliet appear on Tampa Bay's 10
A news story about Romeo & Juliet, the painting horses, and their new book
on Tampa Bay's Channel 10 (CBS television) on Feb. 12
during the Life Around the Bay show.
Book Store in St. Petersburg, Florida now carries Home Sweet
Get signed copies of Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet at Haslam's Book Store in St. Pete, Florida. If you've never visited Haslam's, you're in for a real treat.
Family owned and operated for over 70 years, this charming bookstore features two regal felines who greet visitors from their perch on top of the store's computer monitor. What better place for a book about canine and equine four-legged friends! If you like books, you'll likely want to spend hours perusing the outstanding selection of new and used books at Haslam's.
and paintings find sweet home at Off the Beaten Path
Authors Cheryl Ward and Sam Sharnik signed copies of their new book, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet on January 20, 2007 at the Grand Opening of Off the Beaten Path, a new shop featuring local artisans, books and music in historic Floral City, Florida.
The store's dynamic owner, Denise Ball, held a lively grand
opening with skateboarders, glass blowers, musicians,
woodcarvers, artists, authors and more.
Romeo & Juliet star in their new children's book, Home Sweet Home with Romeo & Juliet, a photographic book about two real horses who move into a house and eat cake with a Chihuahua.
A new horse, Davinci, joined Romeo & Juliet to learn to paint
and, more importantly, to trust. Follow the progress of this
special horse on the Diary of DaVinci
Romeo's talents have gone to the birds. His painting, A
Whisper, was auctioned on eBay and helped raise money for the International
Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, a group dedicated
awareness of the natural world.
Romeo received an award from the American Horse Publications for being a "True Equine Artist." He placed third out of 53 entries in the category of Feature Article for the article titled “Picasso Fino” in The Gaited Horse Magazine.
Since horses were not allowed to attend
the event (chairs not big enough?) Cheryl and Sam accepted the
award for Romeo. To make Romeo feel more included, Cheryl wore a
dress, shoes and purse - and Sam a tie - all painted by Romeo.
Romeo gets hitched!
Holiday greeting cards painted by Romeo well received
See these two Romeo Originals turned into festive, unique
greeting cards exclusively at
Vision Magazine publishes Romeo's story in Horses in Art
Romeo didn't know that Horses in Art included human artists too!
Gaited Horse Magazine announces Romeo's greeting cards
Romeo's story appears along with an announcement about his greeting cards (see "Holiday greeting cards..." above).
Yankee Pedlar features Romeo in News in the
If you find a copy, check out page 181 for a photo and nice blurb about Romeo.
Ward's article about Romeo published in Paso Fino Horse World
Were you able to read about Romeo's journey as told by his
human in the May 2005 issue? If you get a copy, check out the beautiful layout by
the magazine's editors!
The Gaited Horse Magazine - Romeo's on the cover!
Did you see the Spring 2005 issue in bookstores, tack stores and other horsey shops? He's an official cover-gelding now.
Little Everglades Steeplechase
Romeo participated in the 2005 Little Everglades Steeplechase, not as a racehorse but as a painting horse, of course.
Lake Thanksgiving Campout
Gulfside Elementary welcomes Romeo
Romeo appears at Gulfside Elementary to paint for students,
teachers, and staff at the Great American Teach-In. Owner Cheryl
Ward shares what Romeo's taught her about horsemanship and art.
Tampa Bay's 10 (WTSP Tampa/St. Pete) covers the event and airs
an uplifting story just a few hours later on Life Around the
All That Glitters
auctions a Romeo Original
Romeo’s paintings appear in the MacDonald Training Center’s 7th Annual All That Glitters Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser at the Florida Aquarium. Romeo's work appears both on canvas and on Cheryl's dress, shoes and purse (see "Romeo and Cheryl venture into fashion design" below).
Guest artist paints with Romeo
Gifted artist Alison Caltrider-Knapp collaborates with
Romeo, selecting colors or asking for Romeo's color choices
and handing him brushes.
Romeo and Cheryl explore fashion design
Romeo expands his repertoire of media by painting on a black dress for Cheryl to wear at the MacDonald Training Center's 7th annual All That Glitters Wine Tasting and Silent Auction (see above), held November 13, 2004. He also paints her purse and shoes to match.
An article by Cindy Taylor about Romeo appears in the November issue of The Plaid Horse Magazine with photos of Romeo painting and several of his creations.
Romeo paints for the Myakka River Riders
Romeo paints in the company of his peers, other horses, for the Myakka River Riders campout in the woods next to State Road 52. This is Romeo's first time painting on location in front of other horses. He paints, plays ball and wipes his easel with a bandana. Cheryl shares what Romeo's taught her about clicker training and painting.
Willow Arts Festival hosts Romeo
Romeo paints and sells artwork at the Willow Arts' 2nd Annual Front Porch Festival to benefit the Joshua House. Over 1,000 people attend the event and see Romeo paint by the lake. This is Romeo's first public appearance painting. He loves the attention and paints throughout the day.
Friends of Little Manatee auction Romeo's artwork
Romeo donates a painting to the Friends of Little Manatee's 7th annual Mystery Map Event at Little Manatee State Park. Romeo can't attend since he's painting at Willow Arts the same day.
Articles about Romeo published throughout Florida
Articles about Romeo appear in newspapers throughout
Florida, including Tallahassee, Naples, Gainesville, Venice
Tribune publishes article about Romeo
An in-depth article about Romeo appears in the Tampa Tribune's Sunday edition of the Metro section, featuring the complete story of Romeo's path to painting, photos of Romeo in action and several of his paintings.
© 2004-2007 Cheryl
Ward & Sam Sharnik