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September 10, 2020
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The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to accept consignments for the next Equine Art, Antique, and Rare Book Auction taking place in July 2021. To prepare for this much loved event, the Museum is accepting consignments until February 1, 2021. Saddlebred and equine artwork in all media is considered. Historic Saddlebred artifacts, rare books, equine jewelry and collectibles are also welcome.

A committee selects approximately 60 items each year for inclusion in the sale, trying to ensure a variety in media, subject matter and pricing. If you have a work to consign, contact Amy Nelson at [email protected] or (859) 259-2746 ext. 344 to request a consignment package.

September 01, 2020
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The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to accept nominations for the Keith Bartz Impact Scholarship Award. The award is $1,500 and is given to an individual dedicated to raising awareness of the American Saddlebred and improving the community. Keith Bartz was an individual who focused his time, talent, and resources on building the American Saddlebred Museum and celebration of the American Saddlebred horse. This scholarship celebrates his life by awarding an individual that exemplifies the same character and achievements.

Scholarship criteria and application information are listed below.
• Applicants must be twenty-one years of age or under. High school seniors, individuals enrolled in a two-year or four-year program at any college, trade school, or university are eligible to apply.
• Show substantial involvement with American Saddlebred horses and in the community.
• May be self-nominated or nominated by another individual who can attest to the character and accomplishments of the nominee.
• Provide an essay, no more than two pages, speaking to the nominee’s impact at school, home, barn and the community.
• Include full contact information and email to [email protected] by December 1, 2020 to be reviewed by scholarship committee.
• The scholarship money will be paid directly to the institution, university, college or trade school for post-secondary educational expenses.

More information is on the Museum’s website at asbmuseum.org/scholarship or call (859)259-2746 ext. 344.

July 07, 2020
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The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition: James L. Crow. One of the great equine artists, James L. Crow (American, 1933-2020) had an artistic career that spanned over 40 years. Crow worked from both live studies and his own photographs to create his images. His knowledge of and respect for the horse is easily seen in each work.

This exhibition features the works that are in the American Saddlebred Museum’s permanent collection. The recent gift of eight works from the Crow family, in memory of their father, has helped to diversify the collection. It shows the development of Crow’s work, from early paintings in the 1980s, to his later works in the 2000s. Additionally, this group of paintings exemplifies his artistic mastery of many techniques including charcoal, watercolor and oil painting.

The American Saddlebred Museum is located at 4083 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511, on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Current operating hours are: Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Closed Monday – Tuesday.

June 10, 2020
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The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to announce its re-opening on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. After this time, the Museum will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission fees will be: Museum members, free; Adults, $12; Child, $6; Senior, $10; Military with ID, $6. Admission includes entrance to the Kentucky Horse Park.

In anticipation of re-opening, Museum staff have implemented extra precautionary measures to disinfect our spaces throughout the day. We are increasing the cleaning frequency of high-touch and high-traffic areas such as entry areas. We have installed plexi-glass shields at our front desk. We are providing additional hand sanitizers in strategic locations throughout the building. We encourage all staff, volunteers, and guests to make use of these resources. All staff will wear masks, and we encourage all guests to do so as well. Masks will be available upon request. Additionally, we are encouraging social distancing and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance between guests and staff.
Although we would love to see you when we are open, if you are sick or feeling unwell, we urge you to stay home and avoid close contact with others, as recommended by the CDC.

The Museum Gift Shop will be open to the public as well. Members of the public are encouraged to visit and shop new merchandise.

The American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop is located at 4083 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky, on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Image: Miranda Kunes.

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