Following vandalism in May, repairs to the Men of Vision statue at Cochrane Ranche have been completed.

The base of the statue was vandalized, with cuts made into the legs of the horse. The statue has been expertly repaired by Bronzart Casting Ltd. at an estimated cost of $25,000-$30,000, with the exact amount still being determined. These costs will be covered through insurance.

Men of VisionRepairs have been completed by Bronzart Casting Ltd. (file photo)

The sculpture honors the pioneering spirit of early cowboys in Alberta, highlighting the vital role of ranching in the province's economic growth. Cochrane Ranche, Alberta's first large-scale ranching endeavor in the 1880s, laid the foundation for today's prosperous cattle industry.

The statue, commissioned by Alberta Culture and crafted by artist Malcolm James MacKenzie, known as "Mac," was unveiled in 1979.

While security measures are being investigated, no decisions have been made at this time. The community is encouraged to visit and enjoy Cochrane Ranche now that the statue has been restored.

The Cochrane RCMP continue to investigate the vandalism.