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July 22, 2015
On Wednesday August 26, 2015 after the last class of the WCHS evening performance, eight teams of celebrity dancers will take the stage to vie for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!  The event is a fundraiser for the American Saddlebred Museum and the winners will be the team that garners the most “Dancing Dollars.”  Teams competing are:
Lillian & Raymond Shively                Helen & Jimmy Robertson
Melinda Moore & Kent Moeller         Ali DeGray & Justin Cowley
Stacey & Kent Swalla                         Fay & Jim Lowry
Alice & Claude Shiflet                       Malika Keglowitsch & Scotty Bruggeworth 
Competition has already begun - Visit the Dance Team Page on the Museum’s website to see current totals!  With only a few weeks left, now is the time to make your pledge and/or become a sponsor! To learn about how you can be a part of this event, select Events>KSF Dance Party on the Museum’s website (www.asbmuseum.org).
Thank you to everyone who has pledged and to the following very generous sponsors!
Diamond Level
Mary Gaylord McClean
Carol Hillenbrand
Bonnie & Craig McGinnis/Melissa Beck
Elizabeth Ghareeb/Bridget McNeese/Rose Hochner
Platinum Level
Joellen Blount
Gold Level
Richard Shadwick & Elisabeth Goth
Cavallo Ventures, LLC
Silver Level
Don & Phyllis Brookshire
Stacey & Tom Halloran
Kelli Sultan
Karen Raque
Susan Gibson
There’s still time to get in on the fun and “vote” for your favorite dance team! Get your friends together and help a team and the Museum by becoming a sponsor. You’ll want to be sure to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event, so purchase your tickets early!
July 03, 2015
Iconic woman’s wear boutique GLASSCOCK of Louisville, KY has announced a special partnership with the American Saddlebred Museum. GLASSCOCK has generously offered to host a wine and cheese reception in their boutique at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, August 27th during the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. Mention the American Saddlebred Museum when you make a purchase at the Thursday reception or anytime while shopping on both Friday and Saturday and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Museum.
Glasscock specializes in sportswear and evening apparel perfect for the show ring and ringside from leading designers and name brands including Escada, Barbara Gerwit, Christian Siriano, Caroline Herrera, and Georges Chakra. Special and custom orders are available and Glasscock stocks a full range of sizes from 0-24. GLASSCOCK stands alone as the premier destination for ladies of style to outfit themselves in tasteful, chic attire for all occasions. The American Saddlebred Museum is grateful to store owner Mary F. Glasscock and fashion consultant Todd Calvert for arranging the event and for their continued support of the Museum and its mission. 
June 09, 2015

This year’s Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction will offer a nice variety of artwork, collectibles, out of print books and historic artifacts at its July sale.  Included are eighteen pieces by George Ford Morris, eleven of those being original works.  A total of twenty-five different artists are represented in the 65 lots dating from the 1800s to present day.  Interested parties will find some beautiful trophies and memorabilia with historic significance, 18 lots of vintage advertising, photographs and collectibles, several equine antiques, 1 stunning fountain, 7 lots of out-of-print books, 5 sculptures, artwork that is both historically and artistically significant, and artwork that is whimsical, decorative or that makes a statement.

“Each year we are amazed at the variety and quality of offerings that are presented” says Tolley Graves, the event’s coordinator. “The subject matter has been broadened this year and I think many people will be surprised at the nature and quality of the pieces that are being offered.”

Some of the interesting items that will go up on the block are a vintage Cole Bros. Circus lithograph featuring a Saddlebred; a magnificent bronze sculpture of the legendary Rex McDonald; a vintage TV lamp featuring a Saddlebred as a circus horse; a gorgeous pair of antique andirons made from horse shoes and brass harness hames; paintings and sculptures by 11 gifted contemporary artists, 6 of whom are first-time consignors; 11 original pieces by George Ford Morris, including oils, a watercolor and several charcoals.  We even have an unused Lilly Pulitzer bag in Carson Kressley’s Grandstand design – signed by Carson!

The auction will be held on Saturday July 11, 2015 at the Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds (at the Kentucky Horse Park) at 12:00 Noon – the week of the Lexington Jr. League show.  Items can be previewed on Friday from 9 am – 6 pm, and on Saturday morning prior to the auction.  The Horse Park is an easy 15 minute drive from the show grounds.  Anyone needing directions is urged to call the Museum.

Hard-copy catalogs will be available by June 1st.  If you wish to receive one, please call or email the museum (859-259-2746 ext. 305 or [email protected]). If you cannot be present but wish to bid on an item, telephone bids can be made with advance arrangements. The auction will also be accessible online this year through liveauctioneers.com. Those who are interested in bidding online are urged to sign up at least 48 hours in advance of the auction  For more information, contact Tolley Graves at the number or email above.

June 11, 2015

Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History: Recent Donations & Special Selections

Bronze by Alexa King of World’s Champion Sire multiple WC Five-Gaited Stallion I’m First

The American Saddlebred Museum’s 2015 exhibit, Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History: Recent Donations & Special Selections opened on Friday April 10, 2015 following an open house and the Museum’s Annual Meeting of Members. The exhibit features new acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection along with loans of unusual items from several collectors of Saddlebred memorabilia. By showcasing recent gifts to the collection and loans of relevant pieces, the exhibit is both a thank you to our donors and a way to expose the public to some unique bits of Saddlebred history that are not yet a part of our collection. Highlights of the exhibit include a bronze of WC sire WC I’m First by Alexa King, an oil of the early winners of the Kansas City Star Challenge Trophy by Marna Haff, a Patricia Crane bronze of recently deceased WC CHCallaway’s Criterion, a banner from the original Pin Oak Horse Show grounds, and a vintage Saddlebred chandelier. Come out to the Museum to see these, and many other unique items, as quite a few of the pieces will be returned to their owners at exhibit end. Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History will run through January 31, 2016.


"Western Elegance" colored pencil drawing by Jessica Morin was the first place winner in the 2015 Young Adult Non-Photography division.
The 40 some entries in the 2015 Youth/Young Adult Art Contest are currently on display in the Museum’s Gallery Wing. All of the entries feature American Saddlebreds in a variety of mediums. Three different age divisions were offered within both the photography and non-photography categories. The winning entries are identified by the blue ribbons placed next to them. This year, a non-competitive category was added for adults. Not judged, it gave the adults in our industry a chance to have their creations on display. Many of the pieces are available for purchase and quite a few of the artists have generously chosen to donate all or a portion of the proceeds back to the Museum. The art will only be on display until July 1st so be sure to stop by to view it. You may find something you can’t live without!


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