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

Part of Kentucky alumnus

.' . 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 ~ -vr-} 'A - V i Ig., 112 _ by William Hanna `49 * in V lil 7' V .,,.5;. ==. l r . ~ . rsns,,__v__sv, IW: __ M zm22. '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 postwar 1940s glory years for 1 The Golden Horseshoe was part of I both downtown Lexington and the downtown Lexingtons 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_Chr|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. ll*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 Horseshoes 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"'lP""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 Hw' (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 . ' . . . > Hd9wd 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{auuukv .\luuu1us Fall 1992 l