BEADED PONY REPAIR TO FEATURE ARTIST JULIENNE HADFIELD

BEADED PONY REPAIR TO FEATURE ARTIST JULIENNE HADFIELD

The beaded pony on display at the Doña Ana County Government Center since 2007 is showing some minor wear and tear, so the Doña Ana Arts Council and local artist Julienne Hadfield are teaming up for a community event to showcase the horse and to allow the public to see the beading process up close during repairs Friday, Aug. 27, in the rotunda of the Doña Ana County Government Center. Refreshments will be served.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hadfield will first clean the horse and then undertake minor repairs to replace a few missing beads and to reattach two small strands that are hanging from one of the horse’s flanks.

One of New Mexico’s most famous ‘painted’ ponies, Caballo de Las Cruces is covered with more than 2 million tiny, decorative, glass beads. The pony is for sale by the Doña Ana Arts Council, with the proceeds to benefit the historic Rio Grande Theatre. To date, none of the bids have met the minimum allowable for sale. The pony will remain on display near the main reception desk of the Doña Ana County Government Center until it changes ownership.

Caballo de Las Cruces was designed by Hadfield. The beading process took more than 4,000 hours to complete by a dedicated group of more than 100 community volunteers. The pony was designed to honor Las Cruces and the surrounding area.

Working with the Doña Ana Arts Council, the Doña Ana County Special Projects Office coordinated the arrangements to house the pony in the county building in 2007 and notified the artist and the arts council of the need for repairs earlier this month.

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