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Searching For Spindletop



Are you fortunate enough to own a relic from the estate of the late Pansy Yount? Perhaps some artwork of her lovely American Saddlebred show horses, a photograph, a piece of her jewelry or some of her specially made hand-painted china featuring her most valued show horses? If so, the American Saddlebred Museum located at the world famous Kentucky Horse Park would like to hear from you.

The Museum will feature an exhibit on Spindletop in 2004. Spindletop Farms, located on Iron Works Pike in Lexington, was built by Pansy in the 1930s. The farm is one of the area’s historic landmarks and is also known for raising some of the breed’s greatest horses. The Spindletop bloodlines are some of the most highly coveted today. A search for items about the second Spindletop oil boom in 1925, her American Saddlebred show horses and the Yount family has begun. They are looking for photos, paintings, trophies, ribbons, tack, personal effects, with a special interest in items pertaining to Miles and Pansy Yount, Cape Grant and the American Saddlebred horses they raised. Hart Galleries in Houston held the estate auction of Pansy Yount in January 1964 and the Museum hopes to locate some of the items that were sold at what was one of the largest estate auctions ever held in Texas.

If you have any information that would be of use to the Museum, you may contact the Museum’s director, Ms. Tolley Graves by e-mail at ashm@mis.net or by phone at 859-259-2746.

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