The Other Side of Keeneland

Before the Fall racing season came to a close, I found myself greeting the morning at Keeneland.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

On the last day of the meet, I decided to join my husband on the backside.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

I followed him through barn after barn~

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

 It's within this idyllic setting that he helps horses to breathe easier.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

Trying to stay out of the way, I focused my camera on other things.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

Even though the backside is a hub of activity ~

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

I love how it's also the quiet side.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The hands-on dedication of grooms, owners, and trainers is admirable.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

 The saddling paddock. 

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The jockeys awaiting last-minute instructions and owners having one last look at their horses ~

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

It's all about tradition, fine horsemanship, and the finish line.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The world’s best Thoroughbred horses, owners, trainers and jockeys come to compete in April and October ~ However, Keeneland also plays host to many year round events including the November horse sales, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance and the Bluegrass Trust Antique and Garden Show just to name a few.  

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

 Just around the bend at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Keeneland Cross Gate Gallery will present the

Sporting Art Auction of Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings and Sculpture.

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This inaugural auction represents an inspired collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.

Sporting Art Auction

Among the auction’s most important pieces are several by Munnings, including Blue Prince II, a 26 1⁄2” x 39 1⁄4” painting commissioned by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Walter Jeffords. Munnings, who died in 1959, is regarded as one of the world’s finest equine painters.

BLUE PRINCE II WITH HARRY CARR UP ON NEWMARKET HEATH by Sir Alfred J. Munnings

Art, Antiques, Cars, Gardens ~ and Horses ~ don't forget the horses…oops!

Hmmm. I have no segue here so I'll just ask ~ Are you prepared for winter? I'm not.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The Keeneland Gift Shop, which also happens to be the best holiday shop in town, will be hosting a Barbour Trunk Show and Reproofing event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 4th & 5th.

Barbour Reproofing Events

Welcome to November my friends.

The fun has just begun!

Photo Courtesy Keeneland Association

5 comments:

pve design said...

Glorious images and so perfect for November.
You should create a "follow" series - I love how you followed your husband.....and then got sidetracked.
pve

The enchanted home said...

Hi Lisa! Long time, no hear. Hope you are well. These pictures took my breath away!!!!! Is your husband in the racing/horse business? A very good friend of mines husband owns racehorses so I live vicariously thorough them..LOVE horses and rode for many years:) Hope my riding days are not behind me. This looks like a blast of a day!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Beautiful! Now, What does your hubs do? Intrigued!

Karena Albert said...

Dear Lisa,
I love this post, anything equestrian is so appealing to me. A beautiful setting in the "Back View" of the racing scene.

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Jeanne Henriques said...

You are showing a part of the world I have little familiarity with Lisa...so love 'peaking' in on your life, it is beautiful! xx