Crazy Horse helps spread holiday cheer
Built in about 80 hours in November, the display featured 7,500 lights, artwork made of recycled shipping materials, and the sleigh that has been part of Crazy Horse Christmas exhibits since about 1950. The figures of elves seen helping with the gift delivery were caricatures of Crazy Horse Memorial workers. The signs featured colonial-style lettering, a Crazy Horse tradition established by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, a New England native.
The collective scene carried on a 20-foot-long trailer depicted the one-horse open sleigh made famous in “Jingle Bells.”
Adam Ziolkowski, son of Crazy Horse President-CEO Ruth Ziolkowski and Korczak, rode in the sleigh. The horse figure honored the memory of Korczak, who rode his horse “Warrior” to and from the mountain carving in the early years, and his daughter Anne. She cared for retired rodeo horses at her Trail’s End ranch and earned Badlands Circuit/PRCA awards for her efforts that also involved the Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo.
The float won the “best music” award at the Custer Christmas Parade for its theme, “Dashing through the Snow.”