Horse is made entirely of horse shoes

    A unique sculpture created as a memorial for a University of Minnesota Crookston alum who passed away in 2017 will be unveiled at the Paddock Party MinnTucky Social on Saturday, May 4 in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) Arena.

    Artist Frank Schwebel created a life-size horse sculpture made of horse shoes in memory of Equine Science grad Sheena (Engelbert) Malnar who tragically died in an accident 2017. Sheena graduated from UMN Crookston in 2008.

    Agriculture and Natural Resources instructor Nicky Overgaard asked Schwebel to make the memorial after receiving donations from Sheena’s classmates to create the sculpture. They also raised money for the sculpture and potential scholarships from a Crowd Fund page set up in her name.

    The sculpture is made from recycled horseshoes for every “discipline” there is including sliding shoes, draft shoes, western shoes, jumping shoes, hunt shoes, etc. A wire-feed weld was used to fuse the shoes together and all the bends are reportedly “cold bends” which means they’re tapped out and not heated to be bent.

    The mane on the horse has a twisted bend made to look like the mane is waving. And there are only two things on the sculpture that aren’t made from horseshoes: the eyes, which are made from spoons.

    The artist, Schwebel, is from Wyoming, but has family in Minnesota. His business is called “Ranch Horseshoe Art” and UMN Crookston’s memorial sculpture took two to three months to make.

    The sculpture for Sheena will be dedicated at another time and a plaque will hang in UTOC as well.  


    Sheena was very active in the Equine program and rode on the IHSA western equestrian team. During her senior year, she qualified for regionals under Novice Horsemanship. Sheena graduated and began her horse training and breeding business, and was united in marriage to Shane Malnar.

    Her business, Paynesville Performance Horses, started as a small private equestrian facility in the Western Upper Peninsula specializing in the breeding of fine quality AQHA reining horses. She had horses for sale and planned to build a new larger facility, her website said.

    “We will forever miss Sheena’s kindness, sweet smile, and incredible horse knowledge,” read the Crowd Fund page set up for her memorial.