An oil portrait entitled “Snowman and Harry” is now part of the permanent collection of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. The painting by Joan Porter Jannaman of Lakehill Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, was presented to the Museum on July 27, 2013 during a ceremony preceding the start of the Rood and Riddle $50,000 Grand Prix.
In the rarefied world of 1950s show jumping, Snowman and Harry de Leyer were the longest of long shots and their wins became the stuff of legend. The former plow horse bought by de Leyer for $80 off a truck bound for the slaughterhouse would rise to the top of the show jumping world, winning the 1958 horse show Triple Crown — the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman’s Association Champion and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee. In 2011, their story became the subject of Elizabeth Letts’ #1 New York Times bestseller, The Eighty-Dollar Champion.
“It’s been an honor to have even a small part of celebrating the story of Snowman and Harry,” says Jannaman, who made certain to ask de Leyer for his input once the portrait was well underway. “It brought tears to my eyes,” de Leyer told Jannaman. “You got the slope of his shoulder that made him such a good jumper. And his eyes, they are perfect -- the soft eyes that I first noticed about him. It is exactly Snowman.”
Jannaman’s artwork has been published in numerous magazines and publications including The Chronicle of the Horse, Sidelines, Horses in Art, Polo Players Edition, and Steeplechase Times. Most recently her paintings have been chosen to show in the American Academy of Equine Art’s Fall Open Juried Show and the Best and the Brightest Show in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Limited edition giclee prints of “Snowman and Harry” are available for purchase at www.lakehillstudio.com with 100% of the proceeds being donated to support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and The Kentucky Equine Humane Center.
For more information, contact Joan Jannaman: 615-822-3124
The exhibit Losing Ground: The Greatest Threat sponsored by Equus Magazine and Equine Land Conservation Resource will open at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on October 29, 2012. The exhibit will increase awareness and educate the public about the loss of horse lands, facilities and trails access in the United States. It demonstrates the value of horses, including their economic impact, to our communities and culture, and what can be done to protect these assets, not only for horse land owners, equestrians and equine enthusiasts, but for communities and the nation as a whole. Furthermore, it describes how 6,000 acres of open lands are lost to development every day. These are the lands we need to raise, ride and care for our horses. These are the hayfields, the competition grounds, the trails and the pastures that support our rich American equine culture.
“It has always been the museum’s mission to look at pressing problems within the equine community, and the alarming disappearance of land for horses has to be near the top of the list,” says International Museum of the Horse Director, Bill Cooke.
The exhibit consists of an extensive mural that dramatically shows the threat of unplanned development on existing horse lands. A video film, produced by Post Time Productions and developed by ELCR, is the visitor’s first view of the exhibit which quickly draws the visitor into the story of American’s love for the horse and the threat to the very land needed to support our equine population. Three interactive kiosk stations allow the visitor to explore the following topic areas: why horses make ‘good neighbors’; loss of land and trails access; and a “call to action” that describes what individuals can do to get informed, organize and advocate locally and nationally for protection of horse lands, facilities and trail access with the help and resources of ELCR.
As part of the exhibition, visitors receive a complimentary copy of a Losing Ground: The Greatest Threat an EQUUS special report on conserving land and trails for horses, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. “At EQUUS we’ve seen firsthand how important it is to preserve open space and trail access,” says EQUUS editor Laurie Prinz. “And we know that the first step in effective advocacy is informing Equestrians and the public at large about what's at stake. We appreciate that Pfizer has made possible a special publication highlighting land use issues.”
“As the only national organization working to conserve land for equine related use, ELCR is proud to partner with Equus magazine on this important project that will raise awareness of the need to protect our horse lands now, before it is too late,” says ELCR CEO, Anna Gibson. “The land we save in the next fifteen years will determine the future of our equine culture, lifestyle and landscape for future generations.”
Editor’s note: Photos are available by contacting Holly Groshek, Director of Marketing and Membership, Equine Land Conservation Resource, (859) 455-8383 or
About the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR): The Equine Land Conservation Resource is the only national not-for-profit organization advancing the conservation of land for horse-related activity. ELCR serves as an information and networking resource for land and horse owner, organizations, agencies and all equine enthusiasts on issues related to farm and ranch land conservation, land use planning, farm and ranch land stewardship/best management practices, trail access and sustainability, liability and equine economic impacts. For more information about the ELCR visit our website at www.elcr.org or call (859) 455-8383.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
LEXINGTON, KY – The Headley-Whitney Museum announces Art After Hours at the International Museum of the Horse on March 21, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Join students, young professionals and the young at heart as they get an opportunity to explore the unique exhibits presented at the International Museum of the Horse. During this event, participants will be guided through several exhibits as they get the inside scoop while handling many of the Museum’s objects. The Museum is located inside the Kentucky Horse Park at 4089 Iron Works Parkway Lexington, KY 40511. Cash bar from 6:00- 7:00 pm and catering provided by DaRae & Friends Catering. For more information on the International Museum of the Horse please visit their website at www.imh.org/ or call 859-259-4237.
LEXINGTON, Ky, USA/Imphal, Manipur, India (January 20, 2012) The Secretariat of His Excellency Gurbachan Jagat, the Governor of Manipur, and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, are pleased to announce that a unique gift of traditional Manipuri Polo (Sagol Kangjei) gear has been donated by His Excellency to the museum on behalf of the people of Manipur. The donation was arranged by Dr. R.K.Nimai Singh, Secretary to the Governor and L. Somi Roy, a film and media arts curator, of New York.The gifts were designed and fabricated by Meisnam Khelen of Khurai Thongam Leikai, former captain of the Manipur Polo team following the most authentic process and materials. They include the traditional Manipuri wooden saddle, braided bridle, braided leather whip, a full set of traditional polo player's attire, two traditional polo mallets and a ball. Mr. Roy made an additional gift of traditional Manipuri darts (arambai) with peacock feathers, also made by Mr. Khelen.The Governor of Manipur is pleased that he was able to donate the items on behalf of the people of Manipur. Even though Manipur is the origin of modern polo, most people do not know this and he expressed that this small gift will at least provide a window to the glorious polo tradition of Manipur to the outside world. He expressed his gratitude to the museum for accepting the gifts for display."We are extremely grateful to the governor and the people of Manipur not only for the significant donation of ethnographic materials related to the Manipuri Pony* and polo in Manipur, but also for allowing us to do our small part to raise awareness of these historically significant animals and the current threat of their extinction," said Bill Cooke, Director of the International Museum of the Horse.The gifts will be displayed in the museum's permanent exhibit called "The Horse in Sport." An exploration of the contemporary uses of horse in recreational activities, the exhibit features sections devoted to rodeo, polo, Thoroughbred racing, Standardbred racing and more. The exhibit was renovated in the summer of 2010 and now features a major section devoted to eight disciplines of the World Equestrian Games, which the Kentucky Horse Park hosted in 2010. Manipuri sagol kangjei will be featured alongside English polo, tracing the origins and history of modern polo. Expected to open to the public in the Spring of 2012, the exhibition panel will display Manipuri sagol kangjei and English polo in traditional attire as well as video and photographic displays. In addition, the museum will add the Manipuri Pony, or the Meitei Sagol, to its online exhibit "Horse Breeds of the World" and will highlight the breed's special characteristics, its importance in the region and culture of Manipur and its present endangered condition.The governor's Secretariat and the International Museum of the Horse are pleased to acknowledge the contributions to this addition to the museum by Dr. Evelyn Knight, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Behaviour, University of Kentucky College of Public Health; Becky Ryder, Director of the Keeneland Library at the Keeneland Association Race Course in Lexington; Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies at University of Kentucky Libraries; and Rachel Roberts, Digitisation Studio Manager at the British Library in London.For more information and additional press materials, please contact Cindy Rullman,
*For more information on the Manipuri Pony click on http://tinyurl.com/6rb2bp2.