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October 20, 2017
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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 Café 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, Tré 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.
 
View The Saddlebred Squares: Arrivals & Cocktails photo gallery:
 
View The Saddlebred Squares: The Squares Game photo gallery:
 
View The Saddlebred Squares: Dancing! photo gallery:
 
October 20, 2017
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On July 8th, Executive Director Jennifer Foster and Event Chair Cindy Carcione, along with the Museum team put together a see-and-be-seen event during the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show. As the unfortunate rain, though perhaps fitting given its historical frequency, subsided at the last year at the Red Mile over 200 guests enjoyed brunch and festivities at the Museum. People mingled and took in the Museum’s current exhibit, Legends of the Saddlebred World: The Lives and Times of Tom & Donna Moore, as well as entries to the 2017 Youth, Young Adult, and Adult Art Contest. There were long lines to meet and be photographed with Patricia Altschul, star of Bravo TV’s Southern Charm, and Fashion maven, Saddlebred enthusiast, and Museum Trustee, Carson Kressley. Altschul signed copies of her bestselling book, The Art of Southern Charm, and Kressley signed copies of his latest book, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big? In the theater, riders in the Equitation Triple Crown, including Jama Hedden (Branham), Kate Harvey Codeanne, Catherine Schuessler McNeese (DuPont), Amanda Arrick (Robertson), Sarah Thordsen, Brittany McGinnis, Faye Wuesthofen, Nick Maupin, Jessie Wuesthofen, and Macey Miles took part in a lively panel discussion led by Curator, Kim Skipton. During brunch, Rodes of Louisville presented classic looks for men by Haspel, the prominent New Orleans based men’s clothing company renowned for its use of seersucker. Haspel was graciously a brunch sponsor and Laurie Haspel Aronson attended the event. Draper James, the southern inspired lifestyle brand founded by actress Reese Witherspoon, provided women’s fashion modeled by familiar faces from our industry. It was certainly a day to remember. We appreciate everyone that came out to support the Museum and hope that all of you had as much fun as we did!
 
Patricia Altschul, Cindy Carcione, Carson Kressley
 
Laurie Haspel Aronson, Carson Kressley, & Patricia Altschul
 
Matthew Williams & TJ Santaferra
 
Allyson Ehle, Janet Sterba, Nancy Ehle, & Candi Aversenti
 
Tracy Garcia & Leslie O’Sullivan
 
Equitation Triple Crown Panel: Kate Harvey Codeanne, Amanda Arrick, Sarah Thordsen, Faye Wuesthofen, Nick Maupin, Jessie Wuesthofen, Macey Miles, Brittany McGinnis, Jama Hedden, & Catherine Schuessler McNeese
 
Catherine & Ceil Wheeler with Patricia Altschul
 
Olivia Grace Blackwell & Patricia Altschul
 
TJ Santaferra, Donna Pettry-Smith, Jason Gershman, Patricia Altschul, & Carson Kressley
 
Bella Hodge & Carson Kressley
 
Kelli Parmley, Meredith Plant, & Jennifer Foster
 
October 19, 2017
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The fifth annual Youth, Young Adult, and Adult Art Contest brought many wonderful entries to the Museum. Sally Jackson, always willing to help the Museum, acted as the contest’s judge. Congratulations to the winners!
 
Sarah Bennett, Saddlebred Snow Globe, Young Adult (19-35) Photography
 
 
Kailyn McGuire, Paddyngton’s Mark Of Disinction, Youth (16-18) Non-Photography
 
 
Cydni Simmons, Untitled, Young Adult (19-35) Non-Photography
 
 
Kaylyn Abbott, It’s Mahavalous In The Fall, Youth (14-18) Photography
 
 
Emily Brown, Tricolor, Youth (15 & Under) Non-Photography
 
 
Kendall Kelledy, Someone Pinch Me, Youth (13 & Under) Photography
 
 
Linda Owens, The Triumvirate, Adult Amateur (36 & Over)
 
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July 26, 2017
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On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 immediately following the evening performance of the World’s Championship Horse Show, Saddlebred celebrities will compete to raise funds for the American Saddlebred Museum. The Saddlebred Café in the North Wing, adjacent to Freedom Hall, will be the venue for this fabulous event. You do not want to miss this 70s themed game show competition!

The featured Saddlebred celebrity squares will consist of Paul Boone, Donnie Brookshire, Vickie Byrd, Rich Campbell, Tre Lee, Jim Lowry, Christy Parker, Howie Schatzberg, and Bud Willimon. Help them by going to crowdrise.com/SaddlebredSquares and vote with your dollars for your favorites. The participants are competing to get the most donations for the win.

Bid to become one of the contestants at the X or O player positions during 5 rounds of play on The Saddlebred Squares! The winner of each experience will have the opportunity to be the corresponding contestant for that round of The Saddlebred Squares. The contestants take turns choosing a celebrity square and follow the traditional Tic-Tac-Toe game play strategies, for which square to select. The celebrity is asked a question and gives an answer. The contestants have the choice of agreeing with the celebrity or disagreeing if they think the celebrity is bluffing. If the contestant is right, he or she gets the square (X or O); if the contestant is wrong, the other contestant gets the square, unless that would win the game for the opponent. In that case, the opponent has to win the square on his or her own. A contestant can also win by getting five ‘squares’ on the game board. Visit this site to bid and become a contestant!

Seating consists of VIP booths and preferred sponsor tables for 8, 6, or 4 surrounding the stage - ensuring a close-up view of the action! Plus we have a new option for a reserved cocktail table for 4 with bar stools. At the end of the performances, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites with their donations. As soon as the “votes” are tabulated, the winner of the contest will be announced. The dance floor will then be open for all to enjoy.

Gather your friends and barn families and purchase your booths or tables early to reserve your spot to watch the most exciting event of the Louisville week! Dress in your most glamorous ‘70s attire and join us! A special buffet will be served and every attendee will receive two complimentary drink tickets. Use the Museum’s website for tickets, pledges, and sponsorship opportunities with preferred seating and amenities. Follow the link to crowdrise.com/SaddlebredSquares to donate, and charityauctionstoday.com to bid to be a contestant.

A limited number of general admissions tickets will be released for sale on August 10TH.

Sponsorship Opportunties are available! View table details!

Please visit the event page to order tickets!

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