The American Saddlebred Museum’s 2013 special exhibit is sure to entertain and interest horse fans and antique buffs alike. Entitled The Art of Selling with Saddlebreds: The Show Horse in Vintage Advertising, it will feature images of the breed on products, printed advertising and corporate collectibles dating from the late 1800s through the 1970s.
From cigarettes and tobacco to liquor, motor oil, hotels, fruits and vegetables, automobiles, jewelry stores and more, the Saddlebred was featured in advertising through the years to denote the highest quality. The 2013 exhibit assembles the largest collection of these items to have ever been displayed together. This unique exhibit offers a glimpse of yesteryear and the esteem the Saddlebred held in society and the marketplace.
The exhibit runs February 15, 2013 to January 31, 2014, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and The Art of Selling with Saddlebreds exhibit is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park.
For further information contact 859-259-2746 or
The Showplace for Saddlebreds – American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop
Included in Kentucky Horse Park regular daily admission - sold at the American Saddlebred Museum or the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Information Center.
January 2 - March 14, 2013: Adult $10, Child (7-12) $5
March 15 - November 3, 2013: Adult $16, Child (7-12) $8
November 4 – January 31, 2014: Adult $10, Child (7-12) $5
Season Pass: Adult $40, Child (7-12) $25, Family of Four $90
Children 6 and under: Always free when accompanied by an adult
Dates and Times:
The Showplace for Saddlebreds – American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop is open –
Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm through March 14 and November 4 to January 31 (2014)
Daily, 9 am to 5 pm from March 15 to May 26 and September 3 to November 3
Daily, 9 am to 6 pm from May 27 to September 2 (an extra hour past KHP regular hours)
The exhibit Losing Ground: The Greatest Threat sponsored by Equus Magazine and Equine Land Conservation Resource will open at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on October 29, 2012. The exhibit will increase awareness and educate the public about the loss of horse lands, facilities and trails access in the United States. It demonstrates the value of horses, including their economic impact, to our communities and culture, and what can be done to protect these assets, not only for horse land owners, equestrians and equine enthusiasts, but for communities and the nation as a whole. Furthermore, it describes how 6,000 acres of open lands are lost to development every day. These are the lands we need to raise, ride and care for our horses. These are the hayfields, the competition grounds, the trails and the pastures that support our rich American equine culture.
“It has always been the museum’s mission to look at pressing problems within the equine community, and the alarming disappearance of land for horses has to be near the top of the list,” says International Museum of the Horse Director, Bill Cooke.
The exhibit consists of an extensive mural that dramatically shows the threat of unplanned development on existing horse lands. A video film, produced by Post Time Productions and developed by ELCR, is the visitor’s first view of the exhibit which quickly draws the visitor into the story of American’s love for the horse and the threat to the very land needed to support our equine population. Three interactive kiosk stations allow the visitor to explore the following topic areas: why horses make ‘good neighbors’; loss of land and trails access; and a “call to action” that describes what individuals can do to get informed, organize and advocate locally and nationally for protection of horse lands, facilities and trail access with the help and resources of ELCR.
As part of the exhibition, visitors receive a complimentary copy of a Losing Ground: The Greatest Threat an EQUUS special report on conserving land and trails for horses, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. “At EQUUS we’ve seen firsthand how important it is to preserve open space and trail access,” says EQUUS editor Laurie Prinz. “And we know that the first step in effective advocacy is informing Equestrians and the public at large about what's at stake. We appreciate that Pfizer has made possible a special publication highlighting land use issues.”
“As the only national organization working to conserve land for equine related use, ELCR is proud to partner with Equus magazine on this important project that will raise awareness of the need to protect our horse lands now, before it is too late,” says ELCR CEO, Anna Gibson. “The land we save in the next fifteen years will determine the future of our equine culture, lifestyle and landscape for future generations.”
Editor’s note: Photos are available by contacting Holly Groshek, Director of Marketing and Membership, Equine Land Conservation Resource, (859) 455-8383 or
About the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR): The Equine Land Conservation Resource is the only national not-for-profit organization advancing the conservation of land for horse-related activity. ELCR serves as an information and networking resource for land and horse owner, organizations, agencies and all equine enthusiasts on issues related to farm and ranch land conservation, land use planning, farm and ranch land stewardship/best management practices, trail access and sustainability, liability and equine economic impacts. For more information about the ELCR visit our website at www.elcr.org or call (859) 455-8383.
About the Equine Network: The Equine Network provides, creates and distributes relevant content and services to passionate horse enthusiasts while connecting them to each other and the marketplace. The Equine Network is the publisher of award-winning magazines Horse & Rider, EQUUS, Dressage Today, The Trail Rider, Spin To Win Rodeo, American Cowboy, Practical Horseman and Horse Journal. The Equine Network also publishes a proprietary line of books and DVDs for sale through its store, HorseBooksEtc.com. The Equine Network provides emergency roadside assistance for equestrians through its recent acquisition of USRider, and is home to several websites, including: EquiSearch.com, Equine.com, MyHorseDaily.com, DiscoverHorses.com, AmericanCowboy.com and Horse-Journal.com.
May 16, 2012
Lexington, KY- Calling all pony lovers, it’s your time to shine in the latest exhibit at the Wheeler Museum, located in the USHJA Headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The exhibit, Ponies Through the Decades pays homage to a vital part of both the sport of horse showing itself, and the people and ponies throughout history, who have influenced us all.
A special opening reception hosted by USHJA was held on May 15th and officially debuted memorabilia from some of history’s most revered pony athletes such as, Midget, a 12.3 hand grey mare owned by Nancy Baroody. This pair is one of the most successful teams on record, having won the American Horse Show Association’s (now USEF) most coveted Horse of the Year Award four consecutive years- 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969, and during this era were the highest scoring junior horse or pony in the history of the AHSA awards. Nancy has donated much of Midget’s legacy to the exhibit and shared her insight on the exhibit, “I’m so happy that I can share her legacy with everyone, because from an educational and a historical standpoint this era really was the beginning of the sport with the ponies and it [the exhibit] really shows people how the sport began with these ponies. The attire and the kind of appointments we used. I’m hoping people can see the perspective of it all-where we’ve come from and where we are today.”.
Ponies Through the Decades presents the pictures, ribbons, coolers, and trophies that these special and often famous ponies have been awarded. Among these treasures guests will learn about Gremlin’s Delight, the little mare that Marguerite Taylor-Jones purchased from Farnely Farm for the then three year-old daughter Marianne. Gremlin would become a champion at events nationwide and in 1961, partnered with Sally Todd produce a perfect score over fences to take the win at the International Pony Team competition held on the grounds of Windsor Castle in England. Gremlin went on to become the foundation broodmare for the highly respected Taylor Made Ponies breeding program. Many of the mare’s prodigies, such as Dresden and Swan Song inherited her championship qualities and continue to be celebrated among the greatest equine athletes. Throughout this exhibit are mementos capturing the Taylor Made Ponies glorious history and influence in our sport.
“Working with the Wheeler Museum Committee to put together the Ponies Through the Decades exhibit really made me understand the importance of our museum in preserving and keeping alive the history of our sport. In the process of putting this exhibit together we built connections with so many individuals who are passionate about our sport and were so excited to have the opportunity to share their memories of special ponies with us, tell us how the Taylor Made line of ponies came about, remind us of the days when ponies and horses competed head to head at the National Horse Show, share their experiences traveling as a team member to represent the US at the International Pony Hunter Competitions and so much more. We have a responsibility and opportunity with the Wheeler Museum to make sure that those new to our sport are aware of its history and I feel that this exhibit has propelled us forward toward achieving that goal.” Shelby French, CEO USHJA said.
The pony loving public is invited to visit and learn how many of our most accomplished riders today started out as pony riders, and take a look at how history has evolved with regard to ponies and their special place in our sport. Grandparents and parents alike, who are horsemen and horsewomen themselves, can both reminisce and share memories. Spectacular sterling silver goblets, gorgeous ribbon displays, specially created Breyer® horses, wardrobe items, and exquisite retired trophies from such prestigious shows as Devon, will be just a few of the items on display. The exhibit opened May 15th at the Wheeler Museum and will continue until September 23rd.
For more information on the Ponies Through the Decades exhibit please contact Shelby French at
Kick-Start Your New Year's Resolution!
The weather is warmer and the grass is green. Those New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get fit are long forgotten. Let the Kentucky Horse Park help you kick-start and renew that resolution with the Adult Riding Program, May 16-19.
Team-up with a friend or just bring yourself to learn balanced seat riding and "feel the burn" of using long-forgotten muscules while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Kentucky Horse Park from horseback!
Participants will learn general horse care while exercising their entire body and getting more fit. The course is geared toward all levels of riders from beginners to experienced riders who are simply looking for more instruction. Participants will have daily riding, vigorous riding instruction, and also enjoy relaxing trail rides.
The course is offered in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate adults' busy work schedules. Enrollment is limited to 10 riders per session so register early to ensure your enrollment and get ready to "feel the burn" in a fun and exciting way that beats spending hours walking on a treadmill!
May 16-195-7pm Wed, Thur, Fri; 9am -3pm Sat.
For more informatino or to register, please contact Sheila Forbes in the Kentucky Horse Park Education Department, 859-233-4305 or
Photo by www.PixBySteve.com
The Kentucky Horse Park Education Staff offers several balanced seat / English riding courses during the summer months for youths ranging in ages from 10 – 17 years old. The courses are designed to introduce youth to riding but are also limited in size to accommodate and challenge more advanced riders as well. Students will learn the basics of stable management and balanced seat riding as well as how to catch, lead, groom and saddle horses. Sessions are limited to 10 students each. Please contact Laurie Mays, 859-233-4305 or
Last Chance to See World-Class Exhibition Before it LeavesLEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2012) The Kentucky Horse Park is pleased to invite the public to see it's current blockbuster exhibition, "The Horse" free of charge on Thursday, April 5. The last day for the public to view it will be April 6, afterwhich it will move to San Diego.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
LEXINGTON, KY – The Headley-Whitney Museum announces Art After Hours at the International Museum of the Horse on March 21, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Join students, young professionals and the young at heart as they get an opportunity to explore the unique exhibits presented at the International Museum of the Horse. During this event, participants will be guided through several exhibits as they get the inside scoop while handling many of the Museum’s objects. The Museum is located inside the Kentucky Horse Park at 4089 Iron Works Parkway Lexington, KY 40511. Cash bar from 6:00- 7:00 pm and catering provided by DaRae & Friends Catering. For more information on the International Museum of the Horse please visit their website at www.imh.org/ or call 859-259-4237.
WHO: Kentucky Horse Park and several national and regional equine organizations
WHAT: Private opening of the park’s new interactive Kids Barn which will open to the public the following day