Own your own Galapalooza horse

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Make sure you have room for one of these things before you plunk down your cash, but a rare opportunity to own a unique peice of Louisville (and a great conversation piece) is coming down the pike.  The Gallopalooza Live Auction Gala is scheduled for Novemer 20 at the Seelbach Hilton.

Since April, the horses have been on public display on sidewalks and street corners throughout Louisville and surrounding counties.  Once individuals or companies purchase the horses at auction, the statues may be moved to the display location of their choice. “We have had great interest in this year’s herd, especially the foals,” noted Lynn Huffman, executive director of Gallopalooza.  “There is also huge interest in Black Jack, created by Flags4Vets, and America’s Victory Ryder, which was signed by all thirty professional golfers in town for the 2008 Ryder Cup.” The last time Gallopalooza had horses up for auction was in 2004.  Average price for the colorful colts at that time was $3,500, with the top one (War Admiral by Marí Renn) selling for more than $16,000.  

Forty objects hit the auction block with the goal of raising funds for Operation Brightside.

Tickets start at $50 and tables of 6 tickets go for $750.

Here's the scoop from their press release:

General Admission Tickets ($50) include two complimentary drink tickets and a commemorative four-color auction program. VIP Tickets ($100) include prime seating, a commemorative auction program, open bar all night and admission to the VIP Hors d’oeuvres Reception (beginning at 6:00 p.m.) VIP “Boxes” of Six Seats ($750) include premium seating, six commemorative auction programs, complimentary tableside drink service throughout the auction, and admission to the VIP Hors d’oeuvres Reception (beginning at 6:00 p.m.)

For more information about the auction, visit www.gallopalooza.com or call Lynn Huffman at 502.394.0978.

Here's a list of what's for sale.(photos of the horses may be downloaded from the “Horse Showcase” at http://www.gallopalooza.com) A Horse Divided by Brad De La Torre (Frost Brown Todd) A Horse of a Different Feather by Rhonda Harshfield and Andrea Carothers (WAVE TV/Thorntons Inc.) America’s Victory Ryder by Marí Renn (Lewis and Linda Prince) Belle by Britany Baker (Waterfront Development Corporation) Black Jack by Flags4Vets (Flags4Vets) Bull Market by Jude Loew (Lamkin Wealth Management) Cardinal Horsepower by Weber Group Inc. (Weber Group Inc.) City of Parks by Ellen Welsh O’Connell (Gault Marsh Properties/The Morton Center) Coffee Bean by Jeaneen Barnhart (john conti Coffee Company) Daffodil by Rebecca L. Baldwin (Brightside) Derby Girls by Day and Night by Carla Terwilleger (Thorntons Inc.) Diamond Dancer by Sam Swope Collision Center (Sam Swope Collision Center) Dignity Moving Ahead-y by Maria Elizabeth Alarcon (Arch L. Heady at Resthaven) Dream Catcher by Abram Rugentstein (Kiely Hines & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.) Epeius Weber by Weber Group, Inc. (WLKY TV/Weber Group, Inc.) Even Little Girls Dream Big by Laurel Robertson (Thorntons Inc.) Field of Dreams by Marí Renn (Bee Line Courier Service) Frolicking Foal-iage by Judy Riendeau, The Hungry Potter (Anonymous) Fuel’s Gold by Bettye Brookfield (WDRB/WMYO/Thorntons Inc.) Gogh, Starr, Gogh by Kandace Tatum Potter (Starr Promotions) Grow Up Great by Rhonda Harshfield (PNC Bank) Hearts Above the Rest by Kelly Waterman (Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare) Hope by Carrie Johns (Kindred Healthcare) Hope in the Garden by JS Grove (Brightside) Imperial National by Natalie Clark (Old National) Inspire by Lisa Mohr (Thorntons Inc.) Kentucky’s Audubon by Carrie Johns and Mike Thompson (Anonymous) Liberty Runs Free by Cindy and Fernando Trujillo (ExxonMobil) Lincoln by Dan Colon and Pam Stockard (Thorntons Inc.) Louisville – A New Dawn by Joe Mees, Jr. (Sam Swope Auto Group) Magic Carpet Ride by Maria Brogli McGary and Michael Weinert (The Underwriters Group) Midnight Thunder by Michael A. Summers (Nimlok Kentucky/Sign Crafters) Our Time by Candace Hutchison (Kelley Construction Inc.) Princess GG by Ray Jarrell (Grinstead Group) Purple Majesty by Dan Colon and Pam Stockard (Thorntons Inc.) Reflections by Donna Heath Brooks (DMLO/Behringer Harvard) Roofs-n-Hoofs by Ben Bridwell, Millennium Steel Werks (Metal Sales Manufacturing) Sir Gumball by David O. Schuster (Cassis Dermatology and Aesthetics Center) SPRING FoaLING by Jeaneen Barnhart  (john conti Coffee Company) This Horsey Went to Market by Cathy Balbach (Cotton + Allen, CPAs and Advisors)

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