The Guardian, the Hippocampus
Sponsored byCorey, Nina and Paris Barton
This beautiful creature is a Hippocampus, a mythological animal that is half horse, half fish. Greek and Roman mythology described him as a horse that pulled the sea god's chariot. Little girls who visit the carousel call him a mermaid horse! He is a sea-horse, not seahorse - which is a kind of fish! Admired by Corey, Nina and Paris Barton while he was being carved, they determined to sponsor him and named him Guardian.
Guardian is perfect! Daughter Paris loves fantasy, mermaids and princesses. Guardian is bright turquoise, Paris' favorite color. His bridle is made from light green kelp which flows down his neck. He has a long sweeping tail that curves back on itself and splits into two fins. Colorful tropical fish and a mermaid (painted to resemble Paris) ride along on his tail.
The Barton's added the mermaid's armband with the name 'Paris' and a medallion with the initial 'B' on Guardian's chest. He swims gracefully around the outside row of the carousel guarding all who are near.