Buck Winn's Vision
President Flowers asked Texas muralist, sculptor, architect, and inventor James Buchanan "Buck" Winn to assist with planning for the installation of the Stallions. Winn's concept drawing, published in the College Star on October 24, 1951 was the focal point of a fundraising effort to help the College pay for its construction.
The base needed to be finished before the Fighting Stallions sculpture could be brought out of storage and its pieces welded into place by the experts from Roman Bronze Works.
Raising the Funds
By early 1952, President Flowers assembled a group of college personnel and area citizens to plan and raise funds for the base of the statue. The Huntington Statue Fund Committee was formed, and a fundraising letter was mailed out to friends of the college. [transcription]
Flowers followed up periodically with the Friends of the College to let them know how the fundraising was progressing. By the end of January 1952, he announced that a "rancher from New Braunfels has given us stones from his ranch for the base of the monument; the Cameron Lumber Company of Llano, Texas, has given us some beautiful granite .... an artist [Winn] has given generously of his time; and many people have made gifts of money."