Two Horse Mania horses vandalized

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

They've made their mark around Lexington.

"I think they speak a lot about the state of Kentucky with it being the horse capitol of the world," says Libbey Crowe, who was out observing the horses on Thursday afternoon.

The horses on display have been drawing in people from all over the area, wanting to check them out.

"We came 10 years ago when they had them here the first time, so we wanted to see them again this year," says Libbey Crowe, a Somerset resident.

However, as liked as these horses are, someone decided to vandalize two on Tuesday night.

"We received calls that a horse was down over near Maxwell and Mill Street at Dudley Square," says Jim Clark, the President and CEO of LexArts.

Officials with LexArts, the group behind Horse Mania, say in the year 2000 when they had horses on display there were several cases of vandalism. They were hoping that wouldn't be the case this time around, but late Tuesday night, someone did vandalize two of their horses.

Right now, in place of where the horses should be at Dudley Square, are empty blocks with just names.

"One horse was entirely knocked over on its side and the other had been knocked off the brackets that hold it to the concrete base," says Jim Clark.

The two horses are called "Me and My Gal" and "Spring in Japan". They are now being stored at a different location, waiting to be repaired.

"You wouldn't really noticed them just by looking at them, but the hooves underneath were damaged where the supports were and then some hairline cracks, but we know we can fix those and the artists will be able to repair them," says Jim Clark.

However, for horses that can auction off for more than nine-thousand dollars, officials say it's frustrating and are hoping the person responsible will be caught.

Officials do say that there is surveillance video in that area that is being reviewed that will hopefully help police see who is responsible for this crime.

If you have any information on this crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020. You could receive a cash reward if it leads to an arrest.

As for those horse statues, they will stay on display through the end of October. They will then be moved to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Southern Lights display and auctioned for charity on December 11th at Keeneland.


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