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ByMegan
January 06, 2017
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On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, after the evening performance of the KSF WCHS, a sold out crowd of over 500 guests attended the annual American Saddlebred Museum benefit in the North Wing’s Saddlebred Café. The evening gave exhibitors a break from the week’s competition to relax with friends while raising money for the Museum. This year, the theme was “Back to the Eighties: Puttin on the Hits” and featured lip sync battles of eighties songs performed by 12 horse show celebrities. The contestants were: Rich Campbell vs. Tammy Devore; Rose Marie and Sallie-Mason Wheeler vs. Chad and Todd Graham; Donna Pettry-Smith and Lance Hayes vs. Mary and Evan Orr; and Gerhardt Roos vs. Jim Lowry. Each spent innumerable hours rehearsing and selecting themed costumes, and several gathered back up “singers”.  Decked out in a long, blonde wig, Rich opened the show lip syncing to Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again; Tammy rocked it out to AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long; the youngest competitors, Rose Marie and Sallie-Mason , performed Jump by Kriss Kross; the Graham brothers stormed the stage to Walk This Way by Run DMC/Aerosmith; Donna and Lance, impersonating Hillary and Bill Clinton, lip synced to Michael Jackson’s Beat It; Mary and Evan transformed into Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and performed a medley of their biggest hits; Gerhart Roos was unrecognizable as Boy George lip syncing to Karma Chameleon; and Jim Lowry aka Prince brought the house down in a purple hazed finale by lip syncing to Let’s Go Crazy.
 
After the performances, party attendees had a chance to vote with their dollars for their favorite lip sync competitor or team while enjoying a sumptuous buffet, drinks and a live auction of five select items. The unique auction items included a visit to the set of the popular show Shark Tank; a trip to the 2016 Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup, a stay in a private villa in Sayulito, Mexico; a collection of cult cabernets; and a trip to a private villa in St. Lucia. After the votes were tabulated, emcee David “Tuffy” Owens announced Tammy Devore had raised the most funds for the Museum and declared her the winner of the “golden” microphone trophy.
 
The American Saddlebred Museum is grateful to the many supporters whose generous sponsorships, donations and purchases ensured the success of this event. This highly anticipated, annual party continues to grow each year. Remember to reserve your booths, tables or tickets early next year if you want to be part of the fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bytrifecta-admin
April 06, 2016
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The American Saddlebred Museum’s exhibit for 2016 opened to the public on April 1, 2016. Titled Trainers’ Treasures: Gifts from Saddlebred Professionals, the exhibit will run through December 31, 2016. Trainers’ Treasures: Gifts from Saddlebred Professionals consists of items that have been donated to the 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 their horses is on display. Some of the items were created by the donors, some were used by the donors and some were collected by the donors. This is a diverse exhibit, filled with items of importance to the industry and to the professionals who donated them. We hope this exhibit will encourage other trainers to come forward with historic donations of their own.
Byasbstaff
June 15, 2018
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LEXINGTON, KY (November 06, 2015) – The American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop announced today the selection of Jennifer K. Foster as its new Executive Director. Foster will assume leadership from longtime Executive Director, Tolley Graves, who earlier this year announced her intent to retire. The selection was made after a national search and selection process.
 
“We are thrilled to announce this appointment,” remarks Amy Rock, President of the Board of Trustees. “We conducted an exhaustive and thorough national search for this position and were delighted with the caliber of candidates. Jenn has incredibly strong management, fundraising, and strategic planning experience. More importantly, she has an undeniable passion for the American Saddlebred. Her skills and passion are an excellent fit for leadership of the Museum.”
 
Foster’s resume includes over 30 years of business management in design and print promotions. She has served in leadership roles on the boards of non-profit organizations including the Nature Science Center, SciWorks, Forsyth Country Day School, the Piedmont Opera and the Winston-Salem Symphony. She has a longstanding dedication to community involvement including the Junior League of Louisville and Rotary. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Foster’s involvement with the American Saddlebred began with her daughter’s riding and show career starting at Cash Lovell Stables and then continued to Mary and Evan Orr’s High Caliber Stables in North Carolina. Now residing in Kentucky, Foster and her family stable their Saddlebred with Marilyn Macfarlane at Walnut Way Farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
 
“I am excited for this opportunity to become involved with such a special and unique organization that shares the history and promotes the future of the American Saddlebred, a cause so close to my heart,” remarks Foster. “I look forward to taking over the reins from Tolley who has done such a wonderful job of preserving and growing this esteemed Museum. I am confident that my past experiences have prepared me to lead the Museum into the next phase.”
 
About the Museum
The American Saddlebred Museum, Gallery, and Gift Shop is the ultimate "Showplace for Saddlebreds." Located on the grounds of the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Museum provides an exciting and educational experience. Inside, visitors learn the important role the American Saddlebred played in our nation's history, and how he has evolved into the elegant, athletic, and versatile breed we know today. The Museum features special exhibitions that change annually along with a wide variety of permanent exhibits such as a children's area, award-winning videos, and a priceless collection of Saddlebred-related artwork. The Museum boasts the largest collection of Saddlebred artifacts in the world. While the Museum serves as a resource to the Saddlebred industry, it also educates tens of thousands of visitors annually about the beauty, versatility, and history of the American Saddlebred horse.
 
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