With all the magic and wonder of a Disney movie, Painting with Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush by Ron Krajewski (with New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory) tells an inspirational story. Ron is a shy, Gulf War Air Force veteran. Metro Meteor is a feisty, bad-kneed two-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse destined for the slaughterhouse.
An unlikely pairing, the two bonded through art: creating stunning abstract paintings to be exact. Each painting brought much needed strength and hope, plus a new lease on life to both man and horse. For Metro, painting became an escape from a death sentence; for Ron it meant overcoming his extreme introversion.
Today, Metro and Ron have used their fame to highlight the perilous nature of the racing industry. Thousands of Thoroughbreds are bred for racing each year, but only five to ten percent ever see a racecourse. Unless they are lucky enough to find another career, these horses are disposed of. To date, Metro’s paintings have raised over $50,000 for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, and he and Ron are regulars on TV, radio, and print, spreading the message that “every horse deserves a loving home."
|Publisher:||New Horizon Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Ron Krajewski, a professional artist, took up drawing to pass the time while stationed with the Air Force in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. Ron is committed to raising awareness for Racehorse Adoption, and he has raised over $50,000 for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Ron and Metro have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, ESPN, Time Magazine , and NPR. Ron lives with his wife in Gettysburg, PA.
Susy Flory is the New York Times best-selling coauthor of Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero (Thomas Nelson, 2011). Susy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. She holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, in English and psychology and has a background in journalism, education, and communications.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love Metro Meteor and Ron's inspiring story of getting to know one another, working through many challenges and how they came together and made a difference in so many others lives (human and equine) in the process! I was immediately drawn into their story and felt as though I was part of their journey through their life together! It shows how perseverance, humility, love, patience and care can blossom into something truly beautiful and awe inspiring! Every horse and human deserves a second chance at life and Metro is helping to make that happen!!
Sure, I'm a fan; Metro (and Ron K, of course), are quiet heroes! I knew they were providing New Vocations the chance to save many other retired racehorses, with funds from Metro's painting supporting medical rehabilitation and adoption efforts for many. And I knew I loved Metro's propensity for creating vibrant abstract art, as I have his work all over my house. What I didn't know was that the human author has something in common with me: a childhood love of watching those beautiful track runners and a wish to keep them safe. Reading this book has allowed me to understand more, appreciate more and get to love even more the horse himself. Caring for animals is personal for me, and it's obviously personal for Ron K, but it was surely serendipity that led Metro and Ron to each other. Now we all get to enjoy a really good story about the two of them, The style is easy and engaging, and this tale of a tragedy averted is just what people need to keep their spirits up in these troubled times. Metro's story is proof positive of the ripple effect of good deeds!