Olaf Wieghorst

1899 - 1988
Origin: Denmark
Born: April 30, 1899, Viborg, Jutland, Denmark
Died: 1988, El Cajon, California

As a child and teenager in Denmark, Olaf Wieghorst worked as an acrobat, apprentice shopkeeper, farm hand, and sailor. He jumped ship in New York City in 1918, and because of a desire to work with horses and experience adventures out West, he enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry for duty on the Mexican border. For three years, he served in the Cavalry in Texas and Arizona as a farrier, shoeing military horses. After his service ended, he traveled to New Mexico where he worked as a ranch hand on the Quarter Circle 2C Ranch, using its brand for his insignia on paintings and sculptures for the rest of his life. The cowboy returned to New York City in 1923 and became a police officer with the Mounted Division, performing regularly with the Police Show Team.

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Horse in Snowstorm
1972, Watercolor
Olaf Wieghorst
Denmark, 1899 - 1988