Arabian Roots: The Pedigree of Kentucky Thoroughbreds


“Arabian Roots: The Pedigree of Kentucky Thoroughbreds” was a multimedia exhibit hosted by William T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky comprising photographs, print collections, artifacts, and interpretive panels that spoke to the centrality of Arabian horses to the history of the Thoroughbred breeding industry. The exhibit spotlighted the three foundational sires: the Darley Arabian, the Byerley Turk, and the Godolphin Arabian; five early Thoroughbred sires: Eclipse, Camel, Diomed, Boston, and Lexington; and six select celebrated Kentucky Thoroughbreds: Man o’ War, Nashua, Graustark, Alydar, Storm Cat, and Silver Charm. 

The exhibit was co-developed by UK Libraries and the Keeneland Library in collaboration with the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, The Pyramid Society, and the International Museum of the Horse.

Digitized content from the exhibit is available on the University of Kentucky’s digital repository, UK Knowledge.