Kentucky Horse Park
SADDLEBRED TREASURES

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209, crullman@kyhorsepark.com  


          LEXINGTON, KY (January 23, 2006) The American Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Horse Park will kick off its 2006 special exhibition titled A Treasure Trove of Saddlebred History – Past Treasures, Recent Acquisitions and the Stories Behind Them, on Friday February 17 at 6:30 pm at an opening reception during the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s annual meeting.  The exhibition, which will run through the end of the year, will showcase some of the finest jewels in the museum’s collection. 

          Additionally, reception attendees will be treated to an opportunity to use the museum’s newest treasure, the Saddlebred Searchable Database.  Donated through the generosity of the family of Nancy Moore Clatworthy, this will be the first time the database has been made available to the public.  Viewers may search for a listing of articles and photographs of Saddlebred horses and personalities from our vast collection of periodicals.  The database currently spans the years from 1913 to the early 1990s.  Easy instructions for use will be posted next to the library’s computer. Nancy Moore Clatworthy’s great love of the breed and her interest in researching its history has been honored by her family and friends with this wonderful searchable system.  Please join Nancy’s family in the library for this special occasion.

          An eclectic grouping of paintings, sculpture and artifacts from the museum’s archives, rarely viewed by the public, will be on display in the new exhibit.  Featured will be a section devoted to the famous show ring battles between CH Imperator and CH Sky Watch, with video footage from the Kentucky State Fair.  The exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see original artwork by Esther Bliss Knapp and famed horsewoman Helen Crabtree.  Artwork donated by the families of the late Robert Boettcher and J. Wingate Brown will also be featured, along with newly acquired memorabilia from Dodge Stables.  Don’t miss this chance to see the wonders of the museum and learn the interesting stories behind them.

          To reserve your tickets for the opening reception for A Treasure Trove of Saddlebred History – Past Treasures, Recent Acquisitions and the Stories Behind Them or for more information contact Gayle Strickroot at 859-259-2746, ext. 307.

          Hours and Rates: November 1-March 14 the Kentucky Horse Park is open 9am until 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12.  From March 15-October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission then is $15 for adults, $9 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.

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          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 more than 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in 80 special events and horse shows in 2004.  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.