Sir Adrian Chapman is a renaissance-inspired armored horse with vivid colors and artistic regalia. A stylized American eagle, its wings stationed alongside the saddle, grips the adorned chest plate in its beak. The armored horse became artistically sophisticated during the renaissance period and now ranks among the greatest achievements of the renaissance decorative arts. The armored horse subsequently became a predominant carousel figure of the historic carousel period of 1890 thru 1920. Very rarely did a carousel not have an armored horse. With it’s home at the Albany Carousel, Sir Adrian Chapman represents a continuation of that tradition. The children of John and Peggy Boock sponsored Sir Adrian Chapman in memory of their parents, long-time Albany residents and both very active in local community affairs. The name Sir Adrian Chapman is a composite of both paternal and maternal family ancestral names. In addition to the armored regalia and trappings, Sir Adrian Chapman sports a cluster of edelweiss on one side, and a yellow rose on the other. Strong family folklore has it that their great, great paternal grandfather died in his beloved Swiss Alps while picking edelweiss. On more solid ground, the Boock children witnessed their father giving to their mother, a native Texan, a yellow birthday rose every year.
Sir Adrian Chapman, the Armored Horse: sponsored by The Boock Family Trust