No other public art initiative in our city’s history has captured the hearts and imaginations of Lexingtonians and visitors as Horse Mania did back in 2000 and 2010.


In 2022, LexArts will celebrate its 50th Anniversary and the Breeders’ Cup is coming back. And so, 22 years after the original, and thanks to presenting sponsors Keeneland and Maker’s Mark, it’s time to set up the paddock and bring back the painted horses.


Judging by the impact of Horse Mania 2000 and 2010, Horse Mania 2022 is an odds-on favorite to be another stellar public art project for the streets of Lexington, and one of the largest auxiliary attractions to the Breeders’ Cup, guaranteed to charm and delight an estimated 50,000-plus visitors.