‘Friends’ pitch in $75K to save historic saddlebred horse farm

Spindletop Hall
Spindletop Hall

A campaign to help restore a historic Kentucky horse farm has reached more than 75% of its $100,000 goal in less than three months.

A carriage leaves Spindletop Farm during its heyday.
Spindletop Farm during its heyday.

The Saddlebred Friends of Spindletop campaign kicked off in April at Spindletop Hall, at an event hosted by Misdee Wrigley Miller, co-chair of the Saddlebred Friends initiative. She, husband James Miller and Elizabeth Shatner hosted a “Saddlebred Evening at Spindletop” on April 8, when the goal as well as the Miller’s commitment to personally match gifts up to a $50,000 total was announced.

Money raised through the campaign will be used for the preservation of the former Pansy Yount’s Saddlebred Estate.

“We are thrilled that Saddlbred friends from across the country have stepped up to help preserve this 78-year-old landmark so connected to our Saddlebred community,” Miller said.

“We feel very optimistic that we will meet our goal within the next few months. And we hope and encourage others to contribute to the campaign in recognition of the historical relationship between Spindletop Farm and our Saddlebred horses of today.

Pansy Yount
Pansy Yount

“It only seems right to recognize and preserve Spindletop Hall for all that Pansy Yount and her farm has meant to the successes of our Saddlebred horse,” Miller said.

Spindletop Farm was established in 1937 when owner Pansy Yount moved her Saddlebred operation from Beaumont Texas to Central Kentucky after husband Frank Yount unexpectedly died of a heart attack in 1933. Before his death Frank Yount struck oil at the Spindletop field in Beaumont producing more than 50 million barrels within five years, thereby amassing a massive fortune, which his wife inherited upon his death.

With this wealth Pansy moved to Lexington Kentucky and began construction of a 40 room mansion with the finest amenities and grounds and obtained 1066 acres for her Saddlebred operation.

Today Spindletop is the elegant self-supporting home of the University of Kentucky Faculty/Staff/Alumni Club.

Donations are payable to the The Spindletop Hall Development Fund and can be mailed to Saddlebred Friends of Spindletop Hall, Attn. Gerald Marvel, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. Credit card contributions may be made on the Spindletop web site spindletophall.org and clicking on the “Rebuild History” icon. For more information contact spindletopsaddlebreds@gmail.com.

Spindletop Hall today.
Spindletop Hall today.



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