October 20, 20170 Comments
The American Saddlebred Museum held its annual World's Championship Horse Show party on Wednesday, August 23rd during the Kentucky State Fair. The move in venue from the Saddlebred Cafe to the South Wing C Ballroom allowed for an additional 300 people to attend the event - a total of 800. The theme of the event was 70s game shows, which set the stage for a fun evening and many great outfits. Celebrity, Saddlebred "squares" competed to raise funds for the Museum. The squares consisted of Paul Boone, Donnie Brookshire, Vickie Byrd, Rich Campbell, Tre Lee, Jim Lowry, Christy Parker, Howie Schatzberg, and Bud Willimon. The Hollywood Squares-style Tic-Tac-Toe game, hosted by David "Tuffy" Owens, was the centerpiece of the entertainment. 5 sets of "X" and "O" contestants competed against each other during gameplay. The contestants were Justin Cowley vs. Ali DeGray, Dakota Willimon vs. Jeffrey Fetzer, David Rudder and Kenny Wheeler vs. James and Misdee Miller, Rob Byers vs. Phyllis Brookshire, and Allen Bosworth vs. Debbie McCurry.
Paul Boone was the winning celebrity, Saddlebred square, raising the most donations for the Museum. He'll receive a lifetime membership to the Museum (and bragging rights!).
Tom Biederman conducted a live auction of a Hawaii vacation villa donated by DeRegnaucourt Ltd., Breeders Cup experience donated by Carson Kressley, six bottle 2013 horizontal of Pappy Van Winkle donated by Elizabeth Ghareeb & Michael Petty, a weekend in Orlando donated by Tracy Garcia & Jason Gershman, and a 2018 stallion season breeding to the World's Champion stallion, Fort Chiswell's Royal Kiss donated by Elisabeth Goth. Happy bidders received some great items while supporting the Museum. After the game and auction ended, the lighted, Saturday Night Fever dance floor opened and guests danced the night away. The event was a success, raising more money than the previous year. What a fun way for people to support the Museum in its mission to preserve history and highlight the Saddlebred breed.
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