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August 12, 2015
LEXINGTON, KY (August 12, 2015) – The American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop is currently seeking to hire its next Executive Director.  Founded in 1962, it is the ultimate “Showplace for Saddlebreds”.  Located on the grounds of the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Museum is a non-profit organization exempt from tax under Code Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Museum.  This involves developing, recommending and executing the approved strategic plan, as well as the general management of the staff, facilities and operating budget.  The Director will report to, and work closely with, the Board of Trustees to advance the Museum's vision and mission, identifying and securing the necessary resources, and delivering specific objectives of the Museum in accordance with its mission.  This person will play a significant role in fundraising and developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with stakeholders.
Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Interested candidates may apply directly to the search committee at www.careerbuilder.com using keywords Executive Director  and Lexington Kentucky. 
August 10, 2015

Executive Director Tolley Graves to Retire from The American Saddlebred Museum

LEXINGTON, KY (August 7, 2015) – The American Saddlebred Museum announced today that its longtime Executive Director, Tolley Graves, will retire at the end of this year after more than sixteen years of service. Throughout her tenure, Graves led the Museum through multiple campaigns resulting in several exhibit additions and updates, an extensive building expansion and significant endowment growth. Key events such as the Art Auction and hugely popular Kentucky State Fair Wednesday Evening Museum party were initiated under Graves’ leadership. The Board has established a committee to oversee a search for the Museum’s next Executive Director.

"Tolley’s accomplishments have not only grown the Museum and its collections but also secured its future," said Amy Rock, President of the Board of Trustees. "Her legacy is more than just a list of professional achievements. Tolley is a joy to work with and her dedication to the Museum has truly been a labor of love. The entire Board will miss her tremendously, and we wish her all the best in her much deserved – and hopefully restful – retirement."

"An administrator, a leader of volunteers, a dealer with architects, contractors, museum designers, financial affairs, fundraiser, and visionary for change…Tolley is the entire package with extraordinary skills and a work ethic to match. How lucky we are to have had her at the helm of our wonderful Museum. She has surely earned my admiration many times over," praised Keith Bartz, member of the Museum Investment Committee and former Museum Executive Director.

Graves was instrumental in establishing the annual campaign program which has grossed over $1.1 million to date to operate the Museum. Tolley has been a tireless champion for the Museum, instituting the Walk of Honor, Sculpture Garden, and the Lifetime Achievement Exhibit, among her many other achievements

"I have enjoyed the last sixteen years here at the Museum more than I ever anticipated I would, and am grateful for the opportunity given me" said Graves. "The wonderful staff and trustees I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with are a major reason for any accomplishments that have been made. I want to thank each one of them, the many generous donors who have answered our call as well as those who came before and paved the way with their hard work and dedication. We all want this Museum to be a point of pride for everyone in the Saddlebred industry. I will leave confident that those who follow will move the organization to the next level and make it an even more dynamic showplace."

About the Museum

The American Saddlebred Museum, Gallery, and Gift Shop is the ultimate "Showplace for Saddlebreds." Located on the grounds of the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the

Museum provides an exciting and educational experience. Inside, visitors learn the important role the American Saddlebred played in our nation's history, and how he has evolved into the elegant, athletic, and versatile breed we know today. The Museum features special exhibitions that change annually along with a wide variety of permanent exhibits such as a children's area, award-winning videos, and a priceless collection of Saddlebred-related artwork. The Museum boasts the largest collection of Saddlebred artifacts in the world. While the Museum serves as a resource to the Saddlebred industry, it also educates tens of thousands of visitors annually about the beauty, versatility, and history of the American Saddlebred horse.

For more information or for individuals interested in obtaining information about the Executive Director position, please contact Amy Rock at [email protected].




August 20, 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
Helen Rich
Platinum Level
Joellen Blount
Bonnie Kegley
James & Misdee Miller
Toni Nastali
Gold Level
Richard Shadwick & Elisabeth Goth
Cavallo Ventures, LLC
Lisa Schlesinger & Lynda Norman
Harrison Shiflet Stables
Diane Sembler Kamins
Candi & Ed Aversenti
Keith & Sally Kurz
High Hiclory Farm
Silver Level
Don & Phyllis Brookshire
Stacey & Tom Halloran
Kelli Sultan
Karen Raque
Susan Gibson
Janet Kellett
Linda Quinn - Jewelry Designes & The Snyder Family
Paula Hildenbrand
Nancy & Ally Ehle
Diana Martin
Boone Farm & Stables
Paul & Betsy Boone
Rick & Ann Curl
Katherine Meints
Faydelle Schott
Jennifer Oliver
Carl & Kathryn Nichols
Charlie Jones
Bill & Debra Tomin/Michelle Ganci
Daniel Kelley
Woodlea Farms LLC/Stinnett Family
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. 


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