Jean Clagett first fell in love with sculpture as a 13-year-old when she visited the Louvre in Paris with an aunt and saw the ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace.’ She’s been fascinated with horses and sculpture ever since.

Recently returned to the Old Dominion from Oregon, Clagett has seen her life-size sculpture of Olympic gold medalist Bruce Davidson riding Eagle Lion in its permanent location next to the new outdoor arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Previously, she had sculpted the trophy for the Virginia Derby as well as the Sir Barton trophies used at the New Kent track during their inaugural meet.

Her next big project is a 1/3 life size sculpture of Smarty Jones, similar to the Secretariat sculpture by John Skeaping at Belmont, for Philadelphia Park. The piece will be unveiled at a special event honoring Smarty and all that he did for Pennsylvania racing over Labor Day weekend.

This is Claggett’s second Smarty Jones commission having originally done won for the Chapmans and trainer John Servis. You can track the progress of this project on Clagett’s website

In developing her own style, Clagett studied the animalier art of Isidore and Rosa Bonheur, 19th century French sculptors and painters. Clagett has also studied at Parsons in Paris and worked at various foundries in England and France.

Her work can be found in the collections of prominent horsemen George Strawbridge (PA), Alec and Ghislaine Head (France), Mrs.Pat Stoute (England), Magalen Bryant (VA) and among many other collections and museums around the world.