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Marilyn Newmark Meiselman of Glen Head, a celebrated equine sculptor and avid horsewoman, died Friday of pneumonia. She was 84.
Meiselman, who was born in Queens and moved to Hempstead at age 3, showed an early talent for art. She began her sculpting career when she was a teenager, studying under the well-known horse illustrator Paul Brown. In those years she worked in ceramic and porcelain.
In 1970, Meiselman, known professionally as Marilyn Newmark, began working in bronze.
Her horse sculptures have been praised for their precision, grace and timelessness -- the result of her knowledge and lifelong love of horses.
"She was considered by her peers one of the top equine sculptors in the world," said her daughter, Mindy of Glen Head.
Her work won more than 12 gold medals and 100 awards at national and international exhibitions.
Weeks before her death, she learned she had received the Herbert Adams Memorial Award from the National Sculpture Society for both her artistic achievement and service to American sculpture.
Meiselman had commissions with the Franklin Mint and with a who's who in the horse world, including the New York Racing Association, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Professional Horsemen's Association of America and Thoroughbred Breeders of Kentucky.
Her sculptures are in the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga and the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Ky., among others.
She was also a well-known figure for decades among horse people on Long Island.
Until two months before her death, she rode four days a week on her little quarter-horse mare Ginger -- the latest in a string of chestnuts with white socks, for which she had a penchant.
Riders accompanying her on the trails would be regaled with stories of her driving horse-drawn carriages along Jericho Turnpike decades earlier or jumping impossible fences with either the Meadowbrook Hounds or Smithtown Hunt -- to which she had belonged with her husband, Leonard, who died in 1995.
She and her husband mapped many of the horse trails in Nassau County.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her grandson.