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Press Release Date:  March 21, 2005
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,

         LEXINGTON, KY (March 21, 2005)  So what’s left of Henry Clay’s life that hasn’t already been seen or said during the past two centuries?  A whole museum-full, according to Bill Cooke, Director of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.

           “Henry Clay is such an integral part of Kentucky’s history that most of us take him for granted.  We have assumed that we already know all there is to know about this historical, political giant who put Kentucky on the map in more ways than one.  But until now, very few people have been introduced to Henry Clay, the horseman.  That’s why we’re so pleased to present a fresh perspective on a man and a family who led the charge to make Kentucky the horse capital of the world.”
           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 am 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. 

           “This will be a great opportunity for school groups to learn about one of Kentucky’s greatest heroes and political geniuses.  Clay played a huge role in the history of the United States while serving as Senator, Speaker of the House and Secretary of State.  He was a major player on the national and international political scene, all the while, developing his Ashland Stud into a premier agricultural showplace and horse breeding farm,” according to Bill Cooke.

          The live impersonation and the exhibition, Kentucky Bloodlines: The Legacy of Henry Clay will present a new angle on the fascinating story of Clay and his heirs, through their role in the development of Kentucky as a horse breeding mecca.  It will be a rich and exciting opportunity for every Kentuckian to pay homage to its most famous native son, and for the horse industry to pay respect to one of its founding fathers. 

          Included in this fascinating exhibit are racing trophies, original pieces of Henry Clay’s furniture, silver and paintings, along with Civil War and horse related artifacts from his descendants.  It will run from April 1- October 31.

          For more information, contact Bill Cooke, Director of the International Museum of the Horse, at 859-259-4231,

          A Teacher’s Guide is available on-line at under “What’s New” and school groups are encouraged to attend.  Contact Amity Brannock for school group rates, or 859-259-4225.

          Editor’s Note:  If you would like high-resolution, digital photos of the exhibition or a photo of George McGee in Henry Clay character for your publication, please email your request to


          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: Monday, March 21, 2005