Horse Mania Returns to Lexington
Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) (Jeremy Tombs reporting) — LexArts hosted a “Play Date” at Keeneland Saturday, welcoming in schools who will be part of this year’s ‘Horse Play’ program. The schools started taking their horses or foals with them so they can begin their painting projects which will be displayed in Horse Mania this summer.
The organization invited professional artists to speak to the students, teachers, and administrators in attendance Saturday about what it takes to build a beautiful horse and get them excited to start working.
LexArts president and CEO Ame Sweetall says 92 of the 150 horses made for Horse Mania will come from Horse Play and the creative efforts of local school students and staff.
Horse Mania debuted in 2000, and returned a decade later in 2010. This year’s 2022 exhibition is sponsored by Keeneland and Maker’s Mark.
They will be scattered all over Lexington but Sweetall says there will also be a large collection of horses in a central location, which they will decide on soon.
The painted horses will hit the streets of Lexington starting in April 2022 — just in time to kick off Keeneland’s Spring Meet — and stay on display through November’s Breeder Cup Championship.
The Horse Mania horses will then be auctioned in December 2022, and all proceeds will benefit LexArts and another local arts nonprofit of the sponsor’s choosing.
Photo: Megan McCardwell
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