On January 6, 2022, the American Saddlebred Museum held its Annual Meeting at the United Professional Horsemen's Association Conference in Orlando, Florida. More than 30 people attended the meeting, both in-person and via Zoom. Board of Trustees President Mark Strong led the meeting.
The Treasurer’s report from Mary Jane Kirkpatrick reported that the ASM’s operating expenses were flat last year, due to the receipt of PPE Loans and their being forgiven. The gift shop reported the best November to date.
Mark Strong reported that Covid was difficult for the Museum, but staff worked behind the scenes to ensure 2022 will be a strong year. As an example, the History Wing renovation was delayed, the expected completion is now March 2022. Once open, the facility can be used for weddings, corporate rentals, and other events. The grand reopening will coincide with a My-My exhibit in spring 2022.
The Museum received multiple grants in 2021, including a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a Librarian to inventory the Museum’s Library collection, a Preservation Needs Assessment grant to look at the collection, and a grant from the Junior League of Lexington for trophy preservation materials. Even though 2021 was a challenge, the ASM has emerged strong and is ready to fulfill its mission of preserving and promoting the history of the American Saddlebred.
Executive Director Jennifer Foster said even though it was a tough year, the Museum is moving into a much more positive position: the renovation is nearing completion, the museum board and staff are working together wonderfully, there is increased visitation, and management expects a great 2022.
Nominating Committee Chair Ann Curl introduced three new Trustees: Angela Mirabole, Carolyn Melka and Diane Nyhammer. Dr. Gary Crump was elected from the membership to serve on the 2022 Nominating Committee for Trustees. Mark Strong thanked the outgoing Trustees: Cindy Carcione for six years of service; Kate Codeanne for three years of service; and Diane Sembler-Kamins. He thanked Candi Aversenti and Keith Kurz for continuing service on the Board as Members at Large.
-- via ASB Museum