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American Saddlebred Museum Mobilizing for Expansion

Lexington, Kentucky  – Excitement is building as March 2, 2009, marks the mobilization date for construction of the Showplace for Saddlebreds – a 7,000 square foot addition onto the American Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Horse Park.  "This is the day we have been working toward for the past four years," says Museum President, Laurel Nelson.  Adding, "Building design is completed, interior design is well under way and the capital campaign is almost funded.  The addition will be open by the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Convention in February 2010, and will be more than ready for the World Equestrian Games when the world arrives in September 2010!"

The addition will divide the Museum into two wings – the John & Dorothy Lenore Gallery Wing and the Elisabeth M. Goth History Wing.  The contemporary designed John and Dorothy Lenore Gallery Wing will feature three new elements that will add both substance and dimension to the visitor experience at the Museum.  The Gaylord Family Changing Exhibit Gallery will house the Museum’s special exhibits; a George Ford Morris Art Gallery will showcase the Museum’s Saddlebred collection by the noted artist, as well as occasional pieces loaned by members; and a Pathway to the Kentucky Horse Park’s courtyard will allow visitors to enter and exit our facility inside the Horse Park.

The History Wing will house a newly renovated, state-of-the-art theater, generously sponsored by James and Misdee Miller.  The theater will boast electric glass walls that are clear when the movie is not running, but turn dark during the run time.  Information regarding a host of additional new features will be released in the coming weeks as the interior design planning proceeds.  Eventually, the newly relocated archives on the building’s lower level will be upgraded, compliments of Peter and Lynn Via.

"The Saddlebred community has been extremely supportive of this project," says Tolley Graves, Executive Director of the Museum. "$3.4 million has been pledged to-date.  We would like to add several more interactive and entertainment-oriented exhibits, and, therefore, are still seeking additional funding of $150,000" said Graves.  "It is important that we provide a superlative showcase for our breed during the upcoming World Games."

For more information, contact Tolley Graves at 859-259-2746 ext. 304, or visit the Museum’s Web site at

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