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Image 8 of Kentucky Alumnus, vol. 62, no. 3, 1992

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» .' . 3 - ~ -91 3 : i' e I 7 _ s ‘ V , 1 HORSE Z Q1 ’ r, 6. {8- A . ee. r g se 3- M · » c ’ V ’ , r ~ ·-vér-¢»}‘“’ 'A ··¢- V i Ig., ° 112»· _ · by William Hanna `49 * in V lil 7' V .,,.5;. =‘=. l· r . ~ . rsns,,__v__sv, IW: __ M ·zm2£2. ·· 'r,, Q _. __,V Is, » V V g " i—,7_ _ M! s ee A I _ ·· ’ _ ;,; V~·$’· r I _ I » V s . ' ¤’ .. [ . l gift to the University of Ken- abeth Thompson Catten. The restau- l tucky of 10 horse paintings r rant building, 129 East Main Street, [ has stirred fond memories of r was razed several years ago. l the post—war 1940s — glory years for 1 The Golden Horseshoe was part of I both downtown Lexington and the downtown Lexington’s centerpiece l university community. r after World War II. It joined the l These colorful reminders came in l Phoenix Hotel (directly across the In this scene or the 8. Rqy Ankenbqm the form of large, oil-on-canvas horse street}; andfnearb)LICaqary Cottage 1 1946 rhereughbred 9_Ch¤r|re serrberm scenes which graced the walls of the and t e La ayette ote to create a solos of Keonelond, 10. Hugh Golff; Golden Horseshoe, a favorite Lexing- hub of urban activity. l’“l“*°‘l bY R"'“ E"l‘ ll' E"°°lE""{'T‘°"' ton restaurant and bar in the late The paintings, by equine artist 1 { for the Golden ager of Dixiana , , f h r Herseshee perm; I2. Br"), 1940s and early 1950s. Russ Ellis, were an integral part o t e l Rostourontoro some Korsner, breeder; Downtown in those days teemed Horseshoe’s plush decor. One of the § 'd°""l'°b'° f°‘°" w' N°"'"° °‘{""’ with economic and social activity large canvases was a particular draw- g They are, numbered, editor, _ ` _ , b 1 I rhreugh 22/ wm, Thereughbred not yet marred by suburban sprawl ing card. It depicts a thorough red 3 the number Record; 14. Haden and outlving shopping centers. auction at the Breeders Sales Co.’s 1 '“‘"‘°dl‘"°lY K"'l‘P“""k* °d'*°" The university campus a few blocks 1946 session at Keeneland. Around V g beneath each face: Thoroughbred ’ _ , 1 L Geerge Reeerd; 15_Jesk south boasted a booming popula- r the sales ring are seated notables of Swinebroad,saIes Welch, zreedter; tion of returning war veterans. r the horse world; Ellis made many ' °°°"°"°°'”’ l6‘ H°w°' (B" °l National acclaim was showered on faces recognizable. 2. Freeman Keyes, Wells, breeder; , . ‘ . . , Reverre Keen rermr |y_ Leslie Cembs ul UK s beloved W1ldcats. Bear The other paintings show horse . l 3. Charles Asbury, spendrhrih Farm; Bryant created a football program scenes of Central Kentucky, repre- l . ' . . . > H°d9°w°°d FY"'"’ l8‘_R"bY wh"' the likes of which UK had never senting thoroughbreds, standard- 1 4. Thomas Carr Pratt, trainer; 19. Gus _ breeder; 5_ AI Owens, merreger er seen. Adolph Rupp and his Fabu- breds and saddlebreds. s E Wollmom of Thoroughbred Club lous Five made a shambles of bas- The university has made no deci- Wellman Stables; af America; . , I - · · · · · · f · _ Q 6- Gram Dorrund; 20. warren Wright kc tba l opposition ll`! the SEC, NIT sion as to the disposition o the paint r y_ Jim clyburrr, jre Celumer perm; and NCAA. ings. But wherever they hang, they H ngunogrr or 21. A.B. ”t;u|| " The Golden Horseshoe paintings will bring a touch of nostalgia and °m wg °°°’ Crqrggxgiqjgj — with their vivid depiction of Blue Lexington lore to many Kentuckians. 1 22. c_w_ Demen; Grass equine scenes — have been Here is a look at how the paintings . trainer. donated to the universitv b i Mrs. Eliz— came about and what the ¤ re resent. . 5 l P li l{a·uuu·kv .\luuu1us Fall 1992 l