‘GIDDY-UP!’ PAINTED PONY FINDS A NEW STABLE IN COUNTY BUILDING

‘GIDDY-UP!’ PAINTED PONY FINDS A NEW STABLE IN COUNTY BUILDING

One of New Mexico’s most famous painted ponies is coming to the Doña Ana County Government Center for semi-permanent display. The life-size pony – slated to arrive Thursday, June 28 – is covered with more than 2 million tiny, decorative, glass beads. It is moving to the Doña Ana County Government Center from the Bruce King Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum east of the New Mexico State University campus.

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 for it 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, the official name of the pony, was designed by local artist Julienne 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 Project Office coordinated the arrangements to house the pony in the county building. The Doña Ana County Facilities Department will assist in moving and situating the pony in its new home.

“DAAC is extremely excited to have the Caballo de Las Cruces piece at the new county building,” said DAAC Executive Director Amy Johnson Bassford. “This piece really reflects what so many of us view as the features that make up our quality of life in this community. The Farm & Ranch Museum has been wonderful in housing the pony for the last two years, and we hope that even more people will have the opportunity to see this remarkable piece of art in its new home.”

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.