WEG Horse statues

"Lady Godiva's Horse" by Jean Isaacs Bramlette and Audwin Price, sponsored by Kirkpatrick & Co.; Medical Rehabilitation Centers Inc.; Radwan, Brown & Co.; West Jefferson Place; Wilmes & Associates Architects

WEG Horse statues

"Black Blossom" by Breckinridge Elementary School, sponsored by Dean Dorton Ford.

WEG Horse statues

"Teacup" by Kimberly Comstock, sponsored by Powell Walton Milward.

Colorfully decorated fiberglass horses are appearing all around Lexington, Ky., in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). LexArts Horse Mania 2010 kicked off July 15 with 82 horses, an increase over the 79 statues displayed in the inaugural Horse Mania display in 2000. Regional artists were selected for the opportunity to paint and decorate the life-sized statues, which are sponsored by numerous local businesses and organizations. The horses will be on display through Oct. 15, and then they will be auctioned off for charity Dec. 11 at Keeneland racetrack. A portion of the proceeds will also go towards LexArt's public art programs.

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