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Press Release Date:  March 29, 2005
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,

          LEXINGTON, KY (March 24, 2005) How many school children across the state are familiar with Kentucky’s most significant historical figure, Henry Clay?  “Unfortunately, very few, from what we’re hearing,” said Bill Cooke, Director of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. “Through our new Kentucky Bloodlines exhibition, we hope to bring Henry Clay and some of his accomplishments to life for Kentuckians who may not be aware of the rich legacy we have all inherited from this political giant, extraordinary horse breeder and progressive farmer.” 

          Included in this fascinating Kentucky Bloodlines: The Legacy of Henry Clay exhibition are racing trophies, original pieces of Henry Clay’s furniture, silver and paintings, along with Civil War and horse related artifacts from his descendants. Also, a comprehensive on-line Teacher’s Guide and curriculum have been developed and made available for teachers and parents. 

          Some of the topics covered in the exhibition and teacher’s guide include:  Henry Clay as an American icon; Henry Clay’s career as a statesman;  the significance of Henry Clay’s “American System” and “Compromise of 1850”;  Henry Clay and his family’s impact on Kentucky’s Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse industries and 19th century American farming, as well as introducing Josephine Russell Clay, American racing’s first significant horsewoman.

          The spectacular exhibition, which will run from April 1 – October 31, will explore the role that one of Kentucky’s greatest statesmen and his family played in the early development of Kentucky’s horse industry as well as their contributions to other livestock breeding.  The Kentucky Horse Park would like to invite all Kentucky schools and home schoolers, teachers and their students to visit the exhibition and take advantage of this unique educational opportunity.  The on-line teacher’s guide contains historical background material and suggested learning activities that can be used before and after the museum visit.

          Also as part of the Kentucky Bloodlines: The Legacy of Henry Clay exhibition, George McGee, a professional actor, will perform an historically accurate, live impersonation of horseman Henry Clay on April 2 at 11:45 in the courtyard of the park.  The Kentucky Humanities Council is partnering with the park to offer this live presentation as part of their Kentucky Chautauqua series. 

         The on-line Teacher’s Guide is available at under “What’s New.” For information, contact Lynn Reynolds, 859-259-4279 or

         For information on School Group Tours and rates, contact Amity Brannock, 859-259-4225 or

         The exhibition is being presented in partnership with Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.  It is being generously sponsored by Fox River Development, Courtesy Pontiac, National City Bank, Bell South, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Airdrie Stud and Margaux Farm. School groups are also encouraged to tour Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, as a complement to their tour of the Kentucky Bloodlines experience.


          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.



Last updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2005