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The White Horse - St. François Xavier, Manitoba
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member oiseau_ca
N 49° 53.315 W 097° 30.385
14U E 607285 N 5527312
Quick Description: a sculpture of a white horse located in the village of St.François Xavier (Manitoba) Canada
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date Posted: 12/3/2014 9:59:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMN0NV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing
Views: 2

Long Description:
This sculpture of a white horse is located in a small park of the village of St.François Xavier (Manitoba) Canada.

St.François Xavier is an unincorporated urban center located in the southeastern part of the Rural Municipality of St. François Xavier in Manitoba, Canada. It is located about 25 km west of the city of Winnipeg on the Assiniboine River.
St. François Xavier had various names including White Horse Plains (La Prairie du Cheval Blanc) and Grantown after its founder Cuthbert Grant. Cuthbert Grant arrived in 1824 and was soon joined by many Métis families.
St. François Xavier is classified as an unincorporated urban center and is a designated place in the Canada Census of 2011. It had a population of 574 in 2011 down 8.5% from 2006. The land area was 3.37 km2.

The legend of the White Horse
A Cree chief had a very beautiful daughter who was sought after by many brave warriors. There were two suitors who led the rivalry for her hand, a Cree chief from Lake Winnipegosis and a Sioux chief from Devil's Lake. The girl herself favored the Cree warrior, and when he brought a beautiful white horse from Mexico as a gift for her father, the man agreed to the marriage.
The Sioux chief was enraged by the rejection of his suit. On the day of the wedding, he gathered a war-party and came thundering across the plains toward the home of the beautiful maiden. The Cree chief tossed his lovely bride on top of the white horse and leapt upon his own gray steed. The couple fled to the west with the rejected Sioux and his war-party on their heels.
The canny Cree chief doubled back several times and the couple hid among the prairie bluffs. For a time, it seemed as if they had lost the Sioux. But once they were on the plains again, the beautiful white horse was visible for miles, and the war party soon found them. A rain of arrows fell upon the fleeing lovers, and the warrior and his bride fell dead from their mounts. At once, the Sioux captured the gray steed, but the white horse evaded them. One man claimed he saw the spirit of the young bride enter into the horse just before it fled from their clutches.
The white horse roamed the prairies for many years following the death of the Cree warrior and his lovely bride. The inhabitants feared to approach the horse, since the spirit of the maiden dwelled within it. Long after its physical body passed away, the soul of the white horse continued to gallop across the plains, and the land where it roamed became known as the White Horse Plain. They say that the soul of the white horse continues to haunt the prairie to this very day.

The statue was designed by George Barone of Winnipeg.

~ text from marker ~
White Horse Statue
This statue erected by
The Manitoba Tourist Association
through the generosity of
White Horse Distillers Ltd.
Glasgow Scotland
September 10th, 1966 A.D.
Physical Address:
St.François Xavier, Manitoba Canada

Web site: [Web Link]

Horses Name: The White Horse

Background Story:
see above

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