Horse Mania reprieve

Sonya Hodge took this photo of three of her four daughters, from left, Mary Mabel, 3, Lilly, 4, and Bella, 7, with The Siren of the Bluegrass at Lexington Center on Vine Street. Mom said the girls' grandparents had previously begun a project of taking their pictures with each of the horses for a scrapbook.

Sonya Hodge took this photo of three of her four daughters, from left, Mary Mabel, 3, Lilly, 4, and Bella, 7, with The Siren of the Bluegrass at Lexington Center on Vine Street. Mom said the girls' grandparents had previously begun a project of taking their pictures with each of the horses for a scrapbook.

If you thought you needed to get in your Horse Mania 2010 tour before Friday, you can slow down.

Despite some notices that said the painted pony exhibit was leaving Lexington streets Friday, LexArts president and CEO Jim Clark says they horses will actually stay out until “toward the end of the month. ” He added that taking them in will be a three day process.

Like the original Horsemania in 2000, Horse Mania 2010 will go on display at the Kentucky Horse Park during the annual Southern Lights show starting Nov. 26 until Dec. 8, when they will be taken to Keeneland for the Dec. 11 auction.

The fiberglass horses with designs created by local artists went on display in mid-July and have since attracted a steady stream of camera-toting fans trying to see all 82. The Herald-Leader’s thorough Horse Mania Guide is still available at our offices at 100 Midland Avenue.

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