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Painting horse offers equine artwork at Pet Carnival July 13

One of the nation's most non-traditional abstract artists, Justin the Artistic Horse, is scheduled to give painting demonstrations, "hoof-sign" books and showcase one-of-a-kind masterpieces at the Indianapolis Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center's 15th annual Pet Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

Justin's owner, Adonna Combs, said she first recognized his talent three years ago when he grabbed her riding whip and began drawing in the sand. Combs' opts for nature-inspired colors and dips the brush in paint. From there, the Friesian horse embraces the brush with his mouth, blends to make his own creation and tops the piece off with his signature hoof print.

"There are always surprises along the way," Combs said. "The unexpected usually improves the paintings in ways that humans couldn't have imagined."

Many of the paintings, which have been sold across North America, have apparent shapes of horses in them, Combs said. Pet Carnival attendees can register-to-win one of Justin's most popular pieces named "Self Portrait," an image of a horse that coincidentally imitates Justin's playful personality.

"When he paints, he is in the moment and enjoys the process," Combs added.

The pet-friendly event takes place at the Indianapolis Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center (IVR/IVEC) near Beech Grove on Indianapolis' southeast side, 5425 Victory Drive, and is free to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring items like food and cleaning supplies to help fulfill wishlists for the Humane Society of Johnson County and Morgan County Humane Society.

An anticipated 1,500 people and hundreds of furry friends can expect to find product displays and samples from around 40 pet-related vendors, pet psychic readings, caricatures, face painting, low-cost pet photos by King Shots photography, paw print creations and high-flying aerial performances by "America's Got Talent" Season 4 semi-finalists Tony Hoard and Rockin' Rory, along with his K9 Friz B Crew.

Other highlights include appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog, UIndy's Ace the Greyhound, obedience, search and rescue demonstrations by IMPD Mounted Horse Patrol and the Indiana State Police K9 Unit.

From 10-11:30 a.m., WISH-TV feature reporter Dick Wolfsie will host a meet and greet and book signings of "Mornings With Barney: The True Story of an Extraordinary Beagle" and "Ain't Misbehavin'."

Guests can enter to win door prizes and register for the "Best Dressed Pet" and "Best Pet Trick" competitions as celebrity judges Joni Michels, 95.5 FM traffic reporter; Fritz Moser, Country 97.1 HANK FM mid-morning personality; Tony Hoard and Dick Wolfsie vote for the "top dog." Contests not limited to dogs only. Registration is day of up to 15 minutes prior to its start time.

Other features include information on IVR/IVEC's unique canine and feline blood donor program, emergency pet first aid kits, discount microchipping and tours of IVR/IVEC's state-of-the-art facility.

Misting fans, a Splash Zone and plenty of water will be on-site to keep pets cool, along with free refreshments, popcorn and hot dogs for pet owners.

All animals must be kept on a leash extended no more than 6', or placed in a carrier. Any dog with aggressive behavior or issues of fear should adorn a yellow ribbon tied on a leash or bandana as part of the Yellow Dog Project.

For a complete schedule of Pet Carnival events call (317) 782-4484.
Justin The Painting Horse
Justin The Painting Horse


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