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Saddlebred Friends of Spindletop Campaign Goal In Sight

The Saddlebred Friends of Spindletop campaign, which kicked off in April at Spindletop Hall, has attained over 75% of its $100,000 goal according to Misdee Wrigley Miller, Co-Chair of the Saddlebred Friends initiative. She, husband James Miller and Elizabeth Shatner hosted a “Saddlebred Evening at Spindletop” on April 8th when the goal as well as the Millers ‘commitment to personally match gifts up to a  $50,000 total was announced.

“We are thrilled that Saddlebred friends from across the country have stepped up to help preserve this 78-year-old landmark so connected to our Saddlebred community.  We feel very optimistic that we will meet our goal within the next few months. And we hope and encourage others to contribute to the campaign in recognition of the historical relationship between Spindletop Farm and our Saddlebred horses of today “ said Miller.

Monies raised through the Saddlebred Friends of Spindletop will be used for the preservation of the former Pansy Yount’s Saddlebred Estate. “It only seems right to recognize and preserve Spindletop Hall for all that Pansy Yount and her farm has meant to the successes of our Saddlebred horse “said Miller. Saddlebred

Friends of Spindletop donations are payable to the The Spindletop Hall Development Fund and can be mailed Saddlebred Friends of Spindletop Hall, Attn. Gerald Marvel, COO/GM, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. Credit card contributions may be made on the Spindletop web site and clicking on the “Rebuild History” icon. For more information contact

Spindletop Farm was established in 1937 when owner Pansy Yount moved her Saddlebred operation from Beaumont, TX to Central Kentucky after husband Frank Yount unexpectedly died of a heart attack in 1933.
Prior to his death Frank Yount struck oil in a Spindletop field in Beaumont producing in excess of 50 million barrels within five years thereby amassing a massive fortune, which his wife inherited upon his death. With this wealth Pansy moved to Lexington, KY and began construction of a 40 room mansion with the finest amenities and grounds and obtained 1,066 acres for her Saddlebred operation.


Today Spindletop is the elegant self-supporting home of the University of Kentucky Faculty/Staff/Alumni Club. For membership information contact Pam Woods at 859-351-1390 or

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