Adoptive family: Friends and family of Pat Simmons
My story: Avalon was one of the first four ponies designed and carved by Chuck Kaparich. On a trip to the carousel in Burlington, Colorado, Kaparich fell in love with a similar armored pony. Simmons, too, fell in love with the horse, having had a lifelong fascination with the legends of King Arthur and his isle of Avalon. When Simmons retired in 1992, the pony became a gift from friends. As the Carousel’s only stander, Avalon does not go up and down and has three feet on the ground.