Painted Horses "Things To Come" And "Rebirth" Will Live Again

WICHITA FALLS - Two painted horses memorializing the family of Hotter'N Hell Hundred founder Roby Christie were destroyed
Monday when the driver of a pickup for some reason went off Midwestern Parkway and hit them.

But Christie said the mare named "Things to Come" and colt named "Rebirth" will live again.

"I was next door and I heard tires squealing and I looked up and saw the truck just completely demolish the horses," said Noel Filer, a close friend of Christie.

The horses that once stood as a memorial for Christie's family out in front of Guarantee Title on Midwestern Parkway. The horses paid tribute to the 7 members of Christie's family who lost their lives in a plane crash in 2006.

Filer said her initial reaction was shock.

"But I was very grateful that there wasn't any people injured in the accident, but really heartbroken because I knew what the horses meant to the Christie family," Filer said. "They're more than just horses, they are really a memorial to their family members."

She said she called Christie right away.

"Those horses have been a whole lot like the picture of Jason and his family on the table beside my bed," Christie said. "I see them every day, get to reconnect every day and the horses are that way. And it wasn't until I got here and saw them kind of in rubble under the truck that it touched my heart the most."

"We were unable to bring Jason and his family home with us because of the trauma of the plane crash. So, the sculptures were kind of a nice replacement for a tangible memory of the family. We appreciated that."

Jack Stevens was the artist who painted the original horses.

"I felt very privileged that they'd choose me to do it and I tried my best to do it right," said Stevens. "My wife said, 'what if they want you to try to do another one, you know you can't do it no more.'"

"It broke my heart that I might not be able to replace it."

The horse had a total of 13 butterflies.

"Butterfly in the Kiowa language meant everlasting life," Stevens said.

And Christie said he and his wife picked out each one.

"Each represents a person from the plane crash," said Christie. "And the little colt, which had no butterflies at all signified new beginnings. And we've been happy to take those new beginnings. All the work and inspiration that Jason and Sherry had trying to conduct their lives, their work lives and their family lives have been well represented by those butterflies."

"Roby and Renee have an incredible resilient spirit and I think in that same spirit these horses are going to come back in a grand, beautiful way," said Filer.

The horses were a part of the Mane Event, a fundraising project for Leadership Wichita Falls. We'll keep you updated on how they plan to replace them. 


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