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Saddlebred Museum Still Seeking Info On Historic Black Horsemen

The 2007 exhibit at the American Saddlebred Museum, Out of the Shadows: Bringing to Light Black Horsemen in Saddlebred History, will feature the many contributions made by African Americans to the industry. While the response to this exhibit has been exceptional, the museum is still in need of more help from the Saddlebred world.

Information needed includes stories and photos on black horsemen from the late 1800s up through the 1970s. Any film footage (video, 16mm or 8mm) of these horsemen would be a wonderful addition to the exhibit. Tack, riding apparel, trophies and ribbons are needed to round out the displays. We would also love to have oral histories on noted black horseman put to paper. Please share your stories with the museum. You may donate either your original items or copies of the items to the Museum’s permanent collection. You may also loan the items to them for the duration of the year-long exhibit. If there was a special horseman of color in your life, take the time to gather items you might have pertaining to him and send it to the
Saddlebred Museum.

Did you know that world heavy weight boxing champion Joe Louis owned and showed American Saddlebreds? From innovator and racial barrier breaker Tom Bass to notables such as Gray Barham, Bentley Mays and Bethel Ward, black horsemen have had a huge impact on Saddlebred history. Without these men, the horse world would never have seen show ring stars and world’s title holders Belle Beach, Stonewall Parfait, Stonewall’s Crescendo, Glenview’s Mandala and many more. Please help the museum share these greats with the 900,000 plus visitors who come through the Kentucky Horse Park gates each year.

Out of the Shadows will run from February 16, 2007 until December 31, 2007. The American Saddlebred Museum, located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, is open daily 9-6. Admission to the Saddlebred Museum is included with the purchase of a Horse Park ticket. To help with this exhibit please contact the Museum at 859/259-2746 ext. 312 or

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