Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 28, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

            LEXINGTON, KY (January 23, 2009)  The Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the American Saddlebred Museum, which is also located at the park, have announced their schedule of special art exhibitions for 2009: 


Moments of Merit: Select Pieces of Saddlebred History

February 13 – December 30, American Saddlebred Museum

            This exhibition will feature highlights from the American Saddlebred Museum’s collection, an eclectic grouping of art, sculpture, photographs and memorabilia - many never before offered for public display, along with several new pieces of Saddlebred history.


Fay Moore: A Woman Artist in a Sporting World

March 13 – May 31, International Museum of the Horse

Opening reception April 23, 6-8pm

This exhibition traces the career of one of the first recognized female sporting artists in the United States. Traveling to various sports camps and venues with her late husband, champion boxer Roger Donoghue, led to her first series of works highlighting action sports figures in boxing, football, hockey and horse racing. Further travels to Ireland, France, Kentucky, and other horse centers of the world, led her to focus on equine subjects. Today she is best known and admired for her signature style of action-packed racing scenes in watercolor, gouache, ink and pastels.


Because of Horses: Photography by Scott Trees

March 13 – June 14, International Museum of the Horse

Opening reception June 4, 6-8pm

From the Steppes of Communist Russia, to the tranquil fields of Poland, the deserts of the Middle East, and many locations throughout North America, Scott Trees has photographed horses and built a reputation on visually stunning, attention-grabbing photos. This exhibition will highlight Trees’ career path as horses became the central focus of his lens.


Arte en la Charreria: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture

June 19 – September 11, International Museum of the Horse

Containing more than 340 examples of the excellent craftsmanship and design distinctive to the Mexican cowboy, this exhibition highlights the very essence of the Mexican experience exemplified by the culture of the charro, or Mexican cowboy.  Intricately hand-crafted objects such as saddles, costumes, textiles, silver and iron work illustrate the life of the charro and a rich legacy of tradition and valor, honor and custom, and war and peace. 

Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC in collaboration with Luis González, Marisú González and Gabriel Cabello. 


American Academy of Equine Art

September 25 – November 8, International Museum of the Horse

Opening reception September 25, 6-8pm

Some of the highest quality equine art available in the world is showcased in this annual open juried exhibition, hosted by the American Academy of Equine Art, featuring the work of selected members of that organization.


            For more information on the exhibitions in the International Museum of the Horse, contact Shannon Leva at 859-259-4232, email or click on  For more information on the exhibition in the American Saddlebred Museum, contact museum curator Kim Skipton, 859-259-2746, email or click on


EDITOR’S NOTE:  A four-color flier is available in pdf format, as well as high-res images representing the exhibitions by emailing  



Park Hours and Rates: From November 1 through March 14, the park is open Wednesdays through Sundays.  Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 7-12.  From March 15 through October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission then is $15 for adults, $8 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse – In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and the American Saddlebred Museum.




The Kentucky Horse Park, 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 Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted nearly 920,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2008.  The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.   Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses.   Open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.