Champ, among the equine artworks on display in Ocala, Fla.

Champ, among the equine artworks on display in Ocala, Fla.

Paula King

Art's Love Affair With Horses Hasn't Subsided

Horse Mania, Ponies on Parade, Horse Fever. There is no doubt America has it, whatever name it goes by. The third (known) public art display featuring horses came out of the stable last week, and there's still plenty of opportunity to get an artsy horse of your own.

Florida's Central horse city, Ocala, unveiled its still-life horses on Sept. 27. They are spread out around Marion County, but can be viewed online here. This public art project is the first co-sponsored directly by a horse-related organization. The Marion Cultural Alliance and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association are responsible for the project. Donald Dizney, owner of Double Diamond Farm, Richard Hancock, executive vice president of the FTBOA, and J. Michael O'Farrell, owner of Ocala Stud Farms, are all members of Horse Fever's steering committee.

Lexington's Horse Mania horses already have new homes, but New Mexico's ponies are still looking for their own stalls. The 120 Painted Ponies will be offered in two formats: some at a live auction on Nov. 6 in Santa Fe, and others exclusively online at Some will be offered via a combination of the two. The online auction is open through Dec. 30.