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Horse Special Libraries and Museums


On horseback, Digital ID 1705423, New York Public LibraryThis blog post was actually spawned from a visit to Devon Saddlery near Washington, D.C. I saw a poster there for a horse event, which included information on the National Sporting Library. I then became curious as to what other horse libraries were out there.

I visited the Kentucky Horse Park as a teenager when I was competing in the National Horse Bowl Competition in Lexington, KY. Horse Bowl is a jeopardy-like contest in which contestants are on two teams of four individuals. The competition consists of team and individual questions. My teammates and I represented New York State in the 1995 Horse Bowl Competition. See some sample horse bowl questions. Below are a few horse libraries and museums that I found.

Special Libraries

from the Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, 40th ed., 2012

All-Russian Research Institute of Horse Breeding - Research Library
P.O. Institut Konevodstva Rybnoe
391128 Ryazan, Russia

American Saddlebred Museum - Library
4083 Iron Works Pkwy.
Lexington, KY 40511 USA
859-259-2746, x-312
Saddlebred history, Saddlebred bloodlines, training, riding, driving, art

American Suffolk Horse Association (ASHA) - Library
4240 Goehring Rd.
Ledbetter, TX 78946-5004 USA

Arabian Horse Owners Foundation - W.R. Brown Memorial Library
4101 N. Bear Canyon Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 USA
520-760-0682 / 800-892-0682.
Arabian horses - history, breeding, use; horses in general - use, care, training, literature, history

Arabian Horse Trust - Library
12000 Zuni St.
Westminster, CO 80234 USA
Arabian horses - breeding, history, bloodlines; horsemanship

American Saddle Horse., Digital ID 1136408 , New York Public LibraryAudrain County Historical Society Library
501 S. Muldrow
Mexico, MO 65265 USA
County history, saddle horses.

Australian Racing Museum Library
Racine Victoria Centre
400 Epsom Rd.
Flemington, Victoria 3031, Australia
Australian racing - art, culture, social history

Australian Thoroughbred Breeders Club Library
PO Box 821
Windsor, New South Wales 2756, Australia
Thoroughbred horses - breeding and racing

Bay Meadows Racetrack - William P. Kyne Memorial Thoroughbred Racing Library
PO Box 5050
San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
Thoroughbred horses - racing, breeding, training, diseases, history; personalities in racing

Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc. - The Handicapper's Library
801 Corporate Dr., 3rd Fl.
PO Box 4097
Lexington, KY 40544-4097 USA
859-223-4444 / 800-354-9206
Thoroughbred horses, horse breeding, horse racing, horse and farm management

Drum horse of the 6th, Dragoon Guards (the Carabiniers)., Digital ID 1524111, New York Public LibraryCalifornia State Polytechnic University - W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA, 91768
Arabian horses - history, breeding, use, pedigrees, literature

California Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc. - Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library
PO Box 60018
Arcadia, CA 91066
Thoroughbred horses - racing, breeding, veterinary, training, handicapping, fiction

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Library
PO Box 172
Rexdale, ON, Canada M9W 5L1

Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame - Peter D. Haughton Memorial Library
240 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924
History of Standardbred horses, history of harness racing, training horses, horses in literature, veterinary medicine

Keeneland Association Library
Keeneland Race Course
4201 Versailles Rd.
Box 1690
Lexington, KY 40588
859-254-3412 / 800-456-3412
Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding, horse sports

Attic amphora, a Greek and Amazon in combat., Digital ID 1624646, New York Public LibraryKentucky Horse Park - Research Library
4089 Iron Works Pkwy.
Lexington, KY 40511
859-259-4231 / 800-678-8813

Lord Strathcona's Horse Regimental Museum Archives
4520 Crowchild Tr., SW
Calgary, AB Canada T2T 5J4
Regimental history

National Horseracing Museum Library
99 High St.
Newmarket CB8 8JH, UK

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame - John A. Morris Library
191 Union Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-584-0400 X109 / 800-562-5394.

National Sporting Library & Museum
PO Box 1335
Middleburg, VA 20118
Horses and horse sports including horsemanship, foxhunting, polo, racing, showing, training, breeding, veterinary care; horse in art, history, and literature; related field sports including beagling, shooting, fishing, falconry, cockfighting

Roman Horseman., Digital ID 830017, New York Public LibraryOregon Thoroughbred Breeders Association Library
PO Box 17248
Portland, OR 97217 USA
Thoroughbreds - life, breeding, racing

Palomino Horse Breeders of America Library
15253 E. Skelly Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74116-2620 USA
Horses and equine-related activities, the Palomino horse

Standardbred Canada Library
2150 Meadowvale Blvd.
Mississauga, ON, Canada L5N 6R6
905-858-3060, x-229
Harness racing, standardbred breeding

The Jockey Club Library
821 Corporate Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503 USA
Thoroughbred breeding and racing

University of Kentucky - Gluck Equine Research Center - John A. Morris Memorial Library
Gluck Equine Research Center, 2nd Fl.
1400 Nicholasville Rd.
Lexington, KY 40546-0099 USA
859-257-4757 x81147
Equine veterinary medicine, horses and horse care

[Peruvian Man On Horseback.], Digital ID 827500, New York Public LibraryThe Blood-Horse Library
P O Box 4038
Lexington , KY 40544-4038
Not open to the public
All books and publications dealing with Thoroughbreds. Reference library has photographs for reprints.

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Library
Ellerslie Racecourse
Bag 99908
Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand

The World Sidesaddle Federation, Inc. Library
P O Box 1104
Bucyrus, OH 44820


American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum
2601 East I-40
Amarillo, TX 79104

American Saddlebred Museum
4083 Iron Works Pkwy.
Lexington, KY 40511-8401

[Group Of North American Indians Riding Horses, Great Plains, Ca. Early 20th Century.], Digital ID 807107 , New York Public LibraryAppaloosa Museum
2720 W. Pullman Rd.
Moscow, ID 83843-0903
208-882-5578 ext. 279

Carriage Museum of America
At the Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511

Florida Carriage Museum and Resort
Shannon Southwick
3000 Marion County Rd.
Weirsdale, FL 32195

German Equine Museum

Historic Dartfield Horse Museum & Heritage Center

International Museum of the Horse
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Pkwy.
Lexington, KY 40511-8434
859-259-4231 / 859-259-4232

Kentucky Derby Museum 704 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208

The Living Horse Museum

[Woman Riding A Horse.], Digital ID 827995 , New York Public LibraryNational Horseracing Museum (United Kingdom)

National Museum of Horseshoeing and Tools

National Museum of the Morgan Horse
Bob Morgan, Am. Morgan Horse Inst.
34 Main St. – P.Box 101
Middlebury, VT 05753

National Steeplechase Museum
200 Knight's Hill Rd.
Box 2424
Camden, SC 29020

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
101 Pro Rodeo Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80919-2328

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum Inc.
c/o Classic Communications
38 Mechanic St., Ste. 101
Foxboro, MA 02035-2042


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Horse Special Libraries and Museums. Additional Information

What a fun blog. Who would have thought that so many sources existed for information on horses existed. There was one place that researchers may want to gallop to for information related to our equine friends. The Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library holds the records of the Brewster & Company records. (The description of the Brewster & Company on Wikipedia is incomplete because it lacks information on the horse carriages.) One other point. The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages actually owns historic horse carriages.

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