Waimate’s iconic white horse to get upgrade

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Waimate’s iconic white horse on the hill has received an upgrade worth a half-million dollars.

The development, which includes picnic areas, plantings, and platforms with panoramic views of the district, was officially opened on the weekend.

The white horse received a fresh coat of paint and a new eye – a 1954 Chevrolet hubcap.

The white horse was constructed by retired farmer Norman Hayman and his wife Betty in 1968 and intended as a tribute to Clydesdale working horses and their role in the district.

Norman got his inspiration on an overseas trip to Europe during his retirement.

Waimate District mayor Craig Rowley said the site’s development boded well for the future.

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