Award winning international poet Moyra Donaldson from Co. Down has had a lifelong involvement with horses and on encountering the horse paintings of Wexford artist Paddy Lennon, contacted him to propose a collaboration. The result is the stunning Blood Horses, a limited edition book, with 200 numbered copies, linen bound and signed by both artists, where words and images combine to evoke the history of our human relationship with these beautiful creatures. Central to the book is the story of the three Arab stallions that were the founding fathers of the modern thoroughbred, The Byerley Turk, The Darley Arabian and The Godolphin Barb. All three stallions have interesting stories and the Byerley Turk has local connections, winning at Downpatrick Races before being ridden at the Battle of the Boyne by his owner, captain Robert Byerley.

This exclusive book also looks at the part horses play in the lives of those who work with them and ride them, the glories and tragedies of our partnership with them and their effect on us.

Blood Horses offers a remarkable experience
— Cathal Beale 'CEO Irish National Stud'
This book is a sparkling jewel in which the authors have, like a diamond cutter, taken raw materials in the form of words and images, and skillfully crafted them into an entity whose facets sparkle and reflect with even greater intensity the agony and ecstasy of horses.
— Professor Patrick McNamee

Moyra Donaldson

Moyra is a critically acclaimed poet from County Down, Northern Ireland. Her awards include the Women’s National Poetry Competition, The Allingham Award, Cuirt New Writing Award, North West Words Poetry Award and Belfast Year of the Writer Award.

She is the author of seven collections of poetry and has read at festivals in Europe, Canada and America.

Horses are an integral part of her life - riding, competing and caring for these beautiful animals - and her close knowledge of her subject is evident in her poems.


Paddy Lennon

Paddy Lennon is an independent artist born in Dublin and currently residing in Wexford. He has lived in London, Connemara, Mexico, Spain, and France and has travelled and shown his work widely.

He received a diploma in Fina Art from the City and Guilds of London Art School.

His works are held in private and corporate collections worldwide.

He has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group shows both in Ireland and internationally. Most recent solo shows were in Xiamen, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in China and Abu Dhabi, UAE and Geneva, Switzerland.

“It is no exaggeration to write that Paddy Lennon is the first Irish Artist to summon the melancholic, princely, reserved and taciturn essence of the Horse from its soul. Tortured by history and laid bare in the hollow canvas of the eye, since Jack Yeats.” Tom Mooney (Author, Reviewer and Art Critic)