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Two Book Signings to be Held During World’s Championship Horse Show

If your Christmas or gift list has any Saddlebred readers on it, you’ll want to make time to attend a special event during the 2006 Kentucky State Fair Horse Show.  The authors of two very distinct books will be on hand Thursday, August 24th to sign copies of their works for Saddlebred fans.  The American Saddlebred Museum will host this event at the Executive West Hotel outside the Mary Room from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  This time frame coincides with the ASHA’s Youth Silent Auction, which you are encouraged to attend and support.


Fred B. McKinley and Greg Riley will be presenting their recently published volume, Black Gold to Bluegrass.  Sub-titled From the Oil Fields of Texas to Spindletop Farm of Kentucky, this book is the exhaustive history of Frank and Pansy Yount’s star-crossed life.  Frank and Pansy remain legends today, having lived the rags-to-riches fairy tale that many refer to as the American dream.  Their names are intertwined with the history in America of oil wells, Saddlebred horses, antique automobiles and priceless violins.  Two of the ten chapters are devoted to the Younts’ Saddlebred horses and famed Spindletop Farm. 


Youngsters and adults alike will want to purchase one of the few remaining copies of Pretty Saro by Margaret Wyse, who uses the pen name M.A. Windsor.  Loosely based on her own life, this captivating book is not only about Saddlebred horses and the trials of showing them, but also describes a young girl’s long struggle to find herself.  Ms. Wyse spent her childhood riding and showing Saddlebreds, and Pretty Saro is a testament to her love for the breed.  Published in 1986, a limited number are still available. 


It is recommended that you visit the Museum’s tent along Stopher Walk early in the week to purchase copies of these books.  Books will be available at the signing, but there could be a wait.  The cost of Black Gold to Bluegrass is $34.95 and Pretty Saro is $13.95.  If you have any questions, contact Ellen Melcher at (859) 259-2746 ext. 309.


Purchase books at the Book Signing or online at


2005 World’s Champion Glass Available


This year, the American Saddlebred Museum’s World’s Champion glass has been re-designed.  It is now available in the popular highball size.  Long-requested, this new format could not have begun with a more appropriate winner, as the glass features 2005 Five-Gaited WGC Five O’Clock! 


The handsome artwork on this glass was created and generously donated by noted Wisconsin artist, Tim Starck.  The glasses can be purchased for $12.00 a piece or in a gift boxed set of four for $44.00.  You don’t have to look far as it will be available at the Museum’s tent along Stopher Walk during the Kentucky State Fair, in the Museum’s Gift Shop, online at or by calling 1-800-829-4438. 


Five O’Clock World’s Champion Glass available in new highball size


Museum Receives Computer Station Donation


The Museum is pleased to announce a gift to its research library.  During her trip in February to the ASHA’s 2006 Annual Meeting, museum member Sally Nottage of Eugene, OR spent two days volunteering her time to enter data into the new Nancy Clatworthy Saddlebred Database.  At that time, Sally took notice that the library’s computer workstation was not “up to speed” and generously offered to replace the computer, monitor, printer and even the chair!  Sally and her husband Jim made good on that promise, as a couple of months later, the library was fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.  The new computer has all possible bells and whistles and is many times faster than the old one.  Museum members and researchers can thank the Nottages for their most thoughtful gift.  It is a fitting delivery system for the research database.  Thank you, Sally and Jim!


New Saddlebred Database Workstation in Museum Library

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