American Saddlebred Musuem

Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History

Dates: 
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 9:00am to Monday, March 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The American Saddlebred Museum’s 2015 exhibit, Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History: Recent Donations & Special Selections will feature new acquisitions to the permanent collection along with loans of unusual items from several collectors of Saddlebred memorabilia. By showcasing recent gifts to the collection and loans of relevant pieces, the exhibit is both a thank you to our donors and a way to expose the public to some unique bits of Saddlebred history that are not yet a part of our collection. Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History will run from March 9, 2015 through March 21, 2016. 
 

Hosted by: 
The American Saddlebred Museum
Phone: 
(859) 259-2746

Trainers’ Treasures: Gifts from Saddlebred Professionals

Dates: 
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 9:00am to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

Trainers’ Treasures consists of items that have been donated to the American Saddlebred Museum over the past 50 years by professional horsemen and women from within the Saddlebred industry. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, and tack used by famous Saddlebred trainers and horses are included. Some of the items were created by the donor, some were used by the donor and some were collected by the owner. This is a diverse exhibit filled with items of importance to the industry and to the professionals who donated them.

Hosted by: 
The American Saddlebred Museum
Phone: 
(859) 259-2746

2015 ASB Museum Art Auction

Dates: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 12:00pm
Event Description: 

This year’s Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction will offer a nice variety of artwork, collectibles, out of print books and historic artifacts at its July sale.  Included are eighteen pieces by George Ford Morris, eleven of those being original works.  A total of twenty-five different artists are represented in the 65 lots dating from the 1800s to present day.  Interested parties will find some beautiful trophies and memorabilia with historic significance, 18 lots of vintage advertising, photographs and collectibles, several equine antiques, 1 stunning fountain, 7 lots of out-of-print books, 5 sculptures, artwork that is both historically and artistically significant, and artwork that is whimsical, decorative or that makes a statement.

“Each year we are amazed at the variety and quality of offerings that are presented” says Tolley Graves, the event’s coordinator. “The subject matter has been broadened this year and I think many people will be surprised at the nature and quality of the pieces that are being offered.”

Some of the interesting items that will go up on the block are a vintage Cole Bros. Circus lithograph featuring a Saddlebred; a magnificent bronze sculpture of the legendary Rex McDonald; a vintage TV lamp featuring a Saddlebred as a circus horse; a gorgeous pair of antique andirons made from horse shoes and brass harness hames; paintings and sculptures by 11 gifted contemporary artists, 6 of whom are first-time consignors; 11 original pieces by George Ford Morris, including oils, a watercolor and several charcoals.  We even have an unused Lilly Pulitzer bag in Carson Kressley’s Grandstand design – signed by Carson!

The auction will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds (at the Kentucky Horse Park) at 12:00 Noon – the week of the Lexington Jr. League show.  Items can be previewed on Friday from 9 am – 6 pm, and on Saturday morning prior to the auction.  The Horse Park is an easy 15 minute drive from the show grounds.  Anyone needing directions is urged to call the Museum.

Hard-copy catalogs will be available by June 1st.  If you wish to receive one, please call or email the museum (859-259-2746 ext. 305 or museum@asbmuseum.org). If you cannot be present but wish to bid on an item, telephone bids can be made with advance arrangements. The auction will also be accessible online this year through liveauctioneers.com. Those who are interested in bidding online are urged to sign up at least 48 hours in advance of the auction  For more information, contact Tolley Graves at the number or email above.

Hosted by: 
American Saddlebred Museum
Phone: 
859-259-2746

Equine Art, Antique and Rare Book Consignment Auction

Dates: 
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The Equine Art, Antique, and Rare Book Auction is an annual event put on by the American Saddlebred Museum. A variety of serious equine artwork, antiques, collectibles, rare books and historic artifacts can be purchased at this event. The focus of the auction is particularly Saddlebred items, but coaching, Thoroughbred, Standardbred, draft horse, Hackney and Morgan artwork are also accepted. The auction draws and specializes in works by George Ford Morris, one of America's premier 19th - 20th century sporting artists. For more information on the Equine Art, Antique, and Rare Book Auction please visit http://www.asbmuseum.org/art-auction.php. Picture courtesy of the American Saddlebred Museum. (1923 Oil on Canvas of Julius Fleischmann by George Ford Morris)

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Hosted by: 
American Saddlebred Museum
Phone: 
859-259-2746

Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass

Dates: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

Visit the Museum
Wednesday thru Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

The Museum is mounting a very special exhibition in 2014. Oak Hill Farm - A Jewel of the Bluegrass encompasses six decades of incomparable success produced by Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm. Located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Oak Hill Farm has long been synonymous with world’s champion Saddlebreds and the tradition of excellence begun by owner Jean McLean Davis.

Featured in the exhibition are hundreds of items and artifacts donated by Davis’ estate. Included are trophies, ribbons, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and assorted memorabilia from Jean’s personal collection. Videos play throughout the Museum with rarely seen photo footage of Jean and her horses from the 1940s through the early 1990s. You will not want to miss this once in a lifetime chance to learn more about the woman and the horses of the legendary Oak Hill Farm.

Call the Museum at 859-259-2746.

Hosted by: 
American Saddlebred Museum
Phone: 
859-259-2746

Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass

Dates: 
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 6:30pm
Event Description: 

The Museum will be mounting a very special exhibit in 2014. Oak Hill Farm - A Jewel of the Bluegrass, will open on Friday,February 14, 2014 with a 6:30 PM dinner reception at the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds. The exhibit will encompass six decades of incomparable success produced by Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm. Located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Oak Hill Farm has long been synonymous with world’s champion Saddlebreds and the tradition of excellence begun by owner Jean McLean Davis.

Featured in the exhibit will be hundreds of items and artifacts donated by Davis’ estate. Included are trophies, ribbons, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and assorted memorabilia from Jean’s personal collection. Videos will play throughout the Museum with rarely seen photo footage of Jean and her horses from the 1940s through the early 1990s. You will not want to miss this once in a lifetime chance to learn more about the woman and the horses of the legendary Oak Hill Farm.

Guests attending this year’s party will also have the chance to view the new American Saddlebred Museum Lifetime Achievement interactive exhibit. Sponsored by the Crabtree family and donors to the Museum’s 2012 Annual Campaign, the interactive touch screen exhibit features video footage, photos and biographies of people and horses that have made a significant impact in our breed’s history. In this opening installation, the lives of six important people and two horses are explored - made possible through donations made in their honor.

Highlights of this Valentine’s night event include a dinner “dine-around” throughout the Museum and complimentary wines, graciously sponsored by Leatherwood Wines and Nic de Wet. A cash bar will be available for other spirits. For those attending the ASHA Convention in Lexington, there will be complimentary shuttle buses running between the downtown Hilton Hotel. Advance ticket purchase appreciated. Call the Museum at 859-259-2746 ext. 305.

Hosted by: 
American Saddlebred Museum
Phone: 
859-259-2746 ext. 305