All Press Releases for March 13, 2012

Wildlife Artist Debra Otterstein Creates Art Piece to Commemorate Wally Hennessey's 8000th Win in Harness Racing

Debra Otterstein was commissioned to create a feather painting to commemorate Wally Hennessey's 8000th career win in harness racing. The milestone was reached February 18th, 2012 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Florida.

    COVE, OR, March 13, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Wildlife artist Debra Otterstein was commissioned by Marie Karlsson to create a unique gift for her friend Wally Hennessey. Otterstein is best known for creating realistic and detailed wildlife art on delicate feathers. "I loved Mr. Hennessey's story and was honored to be included in this very special event, what an amazing accomplishment," Otterstein stated. A painted feather piece was produced showing Hennessey and his Standardbred horse heading for the finish line. The art is framed in a custom handcrafted shadow box created specifically for the piece by Michael Otterstein. "I enjoyed creating this unique piece of art that highlights the action of the race and the accomplishment of the reinsmen. Congratulations Mr. Hennessey," Otterstein said.

Hennessey's amazing career includes his induction into the Florida Harness Hall of Fame, The Saratoga Hall of Fame, The PEI Hall of Fame and the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Hennessey was also the regular driver of Moni Maker who is one of the greatest horses to race in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Moni Maker was inducted into the United States Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2006.

After receiving the art piece commemorating his win Hennessey could not stop talking about the work and it now hangs in his office. "Oh, my goodness it is awesome," Karlsson stated.

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