Black Horse

Gallopalooza. A celebration of artistry and community.

As you drive or stroll around town, you will inevitably spy a spectacularly painted horse statue standing regally in front of a local business or home. And chances are you'll see more than one. Each one is unique. Each one has a story behind it. And each one has a common thread – Gallopalooza.

This civic pride initiative began as a way to beautify the streets, encourage local exploration, increase tourism, showcase local artists and generate civic pride. While many people think Gallopalooza is an annual event, it has really only happened twice. The first time, in 2004, it raised nearly $750,000 to support Brightside and 150 other charities. The second round was in 2009. That herd raised nearly $375,000 for beautification projects. 

We are excited for our third round of Gallopalooza, where statues will be hitting the streets in April 2015...  and this time, we're bringing bourbon! Look for the following new fiberglass statues, created just for us:

  • A new full-sized horse statue
  • A six-foot-tall mint julep cup
  • A miniature horse atop a bourbon barrel

To see pictures of the statues in progress, visit our Facebook photo gallery.  

Gallopalooza. From start to finish.

  1. Artists are invited to submit designs. We currently have more than 200 designs to consider.
  2. Businesses or individuals agree to sponsor a statue (with various levels of sponsorships).
  3. Sponsors and artists work together to customize statues.
  4. Artists embellish statues. 
  5. Artists receive $1,000–$1,500 commission based on statue commissioned.
  6. Statues are judged, then put on display at site of sponsor's choosing, attracting immeasurable attention for both the sponsor and the artist.
  7. Cash prizes are awarded to winning artists.
  8. Sponsors have option to purchase their statues or put them up for auction.
  9. Statues are auctioned in late-October, early-November 2015.
  10. Statues go to their permanent homes.