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“Out of the Shadows” – American Saddlebred Museum Exhibit Opens


With a standing-room-only crowd, the American Saddlebred Museum’s latest groundbreaking exhibit opened to great fanfare on Friday night, February 16. Introduced by Derrick Ramsey, Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, as well as a former University of Kentucky and NFL star, “Out of the Shadows” gives long overdue recognition to a group of horsemen who’ve been part of the backbone of the Saddlebred industry. The exhibit features a wealth of photographs and memorabilia, most of which has never been available to the general public. Also produced for the exhibit is a companion video which was enjoyed by many of last night’s attendees.


People were snapping up copies of A Forgotten Horseman – A Son’s Weekend Memoir. Lee Downing, the author, stayed busy signing books, visiting with old friends and making new friends.



Derrick Ramsey opens the exhibit

with Tandy Patrick looking on.


Derrick Ramsey and Lee Downing



A big crowd enjoyed the exhibit



Bob Ruxer and Merrill Murray



Lee Downing signs his book for Carol Turner, niece of black horsemen
Tom Butler, George Brown, "Bulgia" Brown, among others.


Jimmy Womble and Betsy Boone

Museum trustee Pat Borders with

Lewis Eckard and Muff Purvis


Jimmy Womble, Mike Spencer, and Mike Van Dyke

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