About the Event
You're invited to Buckles, Boots & Blues, the 2018 American Saddlebred Museum party during the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show in Louisville, KY.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing
Entertainment for the evening will include dancing, a live auction, AND
a private performance by PRYOR BAIRD with a meet and greet afterwards
The Ultimate in Thoroughbred Racing
Enjoy two days of the world’s best thoroughbred horse racing—the 2018 Breeders’ Cup! This year, the race will feature Southern hospitality at the famous Churchill Downs Race Track in Louisville, Kentucky. You and a guest will enjoy this exclusive experience which includes two days at the races and seating in an ultra VIP area with your host Carson Kressley. Mingle with other celebrity Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors including Kate Upton, Elizabeth Banks, and Bobby Flay. This two-day invitation only lunch with unlimited premium bar will be an unforgettable experience.
Availability: November 2 - 3, 2018
Donated by: Carson Kressley
Let the Games Begin!
Enjoy two All-Game passes for the FEI World Equestrian Games for September 11 – 23, 2018 in Tryon, NC. Pass holders can attend any or all of the events over the two weeks. These tickets are stadium seating and easily transferable—in part or in full to friends or family.
Availability: September 11 - 23, 2018
Donated by: Susan Swope and David O’Gara
This holiday season treat yourself to a seven night stay in a two bedroom lock off at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas in Kauai, Hawaii. This revitalizing resort is located 200 feet above the ocean on a lush bluff along Kauai's coastline, providing inspiring views. Relax at the resort or participate in some of the many outdoor activities on the island such as kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas will refresh your spirit and entice your senses.
Two bedroom lock off sleeps up to eight people.
Availability: December 8 - 15, 2018
Donated by: DeRegnaucourt Ltd. (Custom Apparel)
Your Horse Displayed in the American Saddlebred Museum
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to honor the horse, person or entity of your choosing in this first of its kind exhibit. The Museum is auctioning an opportunity to feature your horse (trainer, or stables) with an exclusive display in the ASM galleries. The purchaser will work with Museum staff to create a carefully curated display which could include artifacts, photographs, information about the horse, etc. in a display case - approximate size is 36” x 36” x 7’6”. This is the inaugural year of what is expected to become an annual auction item. The exhibit would be put in place in January and remain for the year. Any featured individual must be a member of ASHA in good standing. The Museum will have final approval of the exhibit.
Availability: January 1 - December 31, 2019
Donated by: American Saddlebred Museum
Six Nights, Seven Days Riding in France for Four Explore by horseback the medieval history of this beautiful region of the Corbiere at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountain Range, through the vineyards, mountains and forests of Cathar France accompanied by Susan Swope and guided her husband, David O’Gara, a rider, resident, and guide in the region for over twelve years.
Riding through rugged countryside of France, near the Spanish border, this is a chance to explore this beautiful, mountainous area redolent with history. The ultimate adventure for experienced riders who will take full responsibility for themselves and their horses. Arrangements are made for riders and horses to spend each night in comfortable lodgings, enjoying excellent dinners made with ingredients harvested from local farms with wine from local vineyards.
Accommodations are in gîte d’étapes (inns and bed and breakfast establishments), and have been carefully chosen for their warm hospitality, comfort and the diversity of their buildings and hosts. Your hosts and some of the gîte d’étapes have animals in residence.
MEALS & DRINK
Meals are served family style and are good, traditional French regional fare. Dinners may include trout, grilled lamb or beef in a sauce and fresh produce of the local farms. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice. Hearty picnic lunches will be provided fresh each day and carried along in your saddlebags.
RIDE & HORSE DETAILS
- Overview: Many of the horses are of Arab and Andalusian origin, are fit and lively, sensible, willing and very well-suited to the terrain. English or trekking type saddles, suitable for distance riding are used.
- Horse Breeds: Andalusian cross, Arab cross
- Daily Trip Pace: Three hours-plus riding before lunch; 2-3 hours after lunch. Many opportunities to trot, canter and hand-gallop
- Tack: English and French Trekking
- Weight Limit: 200 pounds
This trip is for fit, strong-intermediate to experienced riders. Must be able to trot and canter, with opportunities to hand-gallop. There will be times when it will be necessary to dismount your horse and lead over difficult terrain.
- A combination of First Class and Business Class round-trip flights to and from Paris, France with American Airlines from anywhere in the Continental United States
- Transfer from Paris to Carcassonne, France via private jet
- One-hour transfer to Couiza, France for overnight stay in the Ducs Des Joyeux, a medieval castle
- All Meals and Wine
- Hotels and Inns
- Horses, tack
- English/French speaking private guide
- Day 1: Flight from USA to Paris
- Day 2: Private Flight from Paris to Carcassonne, France. Transfers for overnight at Ducs Des Joyeux medieval castle in Couiza, France. Welcome dinner!
- Day 3: Ride begins in the Village of Granes where the Centre Equestré is situated. Cross the River Aude and climb to the Plateau of Nebias for a picnic lunch. Visit the Castle of Puivert after your picnic. Overnight at an Auberge (an inn)
- Day 4: Climb through the forest to the Village of Coudons, home of the best potatoes in France. After a picnic, traverse the River Ribenty and climb to the hundreds of years old Hamlet of Le Bau; overnight in an Auberge (a hippy colony in the 1960s).
- Day 5: Follow the river to Axat for a picnic in the forest before visiting the castle at Puilaurons. Overnight at a farm Auberge.
- Day 6: Climb through the forest before descending to the village of Caudies-De-Fenouilledes, overlooked by the castle at Queribus. This was formerly the border with Spain. After a picnic, we climb to the plateau at Malabrac, 300,000 hectares, where wild horses roam free in the shadow of Mt. Bugarach. Overnight at a hunting lodge.
- Day 7: Ride through the park, watching for deer and wild boar. After a picnic, we follow an original Roman road, swim with the horses in a river, and return to Granes. Overnight at Carcassonne, France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: restored, medieval city.
- Day 8: Private flight from Carcassonne, France to Paris, where you will board your flight for home!
Availability: May, June, September, October or November of 2019 and subject to guide and tour/horse owners availability.
Donated by: Susan Swope and David O’Gara
Sponsorships & Tickets
Buy online or call the Museum at 859 259 2746. Space is limited!