Nellie is a special animal for our carousel. She is our “measurement horse,” determining whether young potential riders can ride on the carousel by themselves or need to be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Linda and Steve Gallon in memory of Linda’s mother, Nell, Nellie stands on her hind legs, asking children to pass underneath a front hoof to check their height.
Nell was tall, slender, and graceful, with a shock of snow-white hair…like our carousel’s “Nellie,” and she was wild about carousels, and carousel horses her whole life.
A rearing brown horse with white mane and tail, Nellie is decorated with items that Nell loved. A lavender scarf flows around her neck. A favorite perfume is tucked in front of the saddle. A Canadian maple leaf and an ice plant represent Canada. The heart-shaped breast place reads “ART & NELL.” She also has books behind her saddle representing knowledge and a smaller heart with clasped hands symbolizing friendship. Nell loved bougainvillea, music, and the seaside – all found on her namesake, Nellie.