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Museum’s “Treasures” to be Featured


The American Saddlebred Museum will kick off its 2006 special exhibit with an opening reception on Friday February 17, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. during ASHA’s Annual Meeting.  Titled A Treasure Trove of Saddlebred History – Past Treasures, Recent Acquisitions and the Stories Behind Them, the exhibit 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. Sit down and 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 up through the early 1990’s. 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 both 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 your Museum and learn the interesting stories behind them.


To reserve your tickets or for more information on this event please contact Gayle Strickroot at the Museum.  (859) 259-2746, ext. 307.

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