ASHA Youth Auction to Include Tommy Lovell Rocking Horse and Gail Maslyk Original Painting

ASHA Youth Auction to Include Tommy Lovell Rocking Horse and Gail Maslyk Original Painting

Lexington, Kentucky – The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Youth Auction, co-sponsored by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), is set to take place during the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS), will include a Tommy Lovell Rocking Horse, as well as an original painting by Gail Maslyk.

Equine artist Gail Guirreri-Maslyk, of Virginia, paints brilliantly colored canvases with a unique brush stroke reminiscent of Post Impressionism and Fauve periods. Gail has been a notable graphic artist since 2000, working for Bent Tree Farm, Fox Grape Farm, and as a donating artist to the Roanoke Valley Horse Show. Her paintings and graphics have been on many magazine covers, posters, and reproductions.

Another notable original item in the auction is a Tommy Lovell Rocking Horse. Always a popular item, these beautiful rocking horses are handmade by Tommy Lovell, of Rural Hall, North Carolina.
The silent auction will begin at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 26, in Crowne Room A of the Crowne Plaza hotel. Bid numbers can be obtained at that time. Bidding in the Silent Auction will conclude for the day at 6 PM. Silent Auction bidding will resume at 10 AM on Thursday, August 27, and end with the conclusion of the Silent Auction at 3 PM.

The Live Auction will begin at 1:30 PM on Thursday, August 27, and in addition to the aforementioned, items up for bid will include such items as tickets to the SOLD OUT Taylor Swift concert, Kentucky Derby tickets, Breeders’ Cup tickets, and bound volumes of The Horseman dating back to 1891. As in the past, a free reception and cash bar will be offered beginning at noon on Thursday, along with a poster signing by winners at the previous year’s World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS).

The ASHA Auction and Youth Committees will still accept donated auction items for this annual event. The Auction is the sole fundraiser for ASHA Youth Scholarships and all ASHA Youth Programs (Junior Judging, Saddletime Awards, Academy Awards, Showmanship at Halter Awards, and the ASHA Youth Award). If you would like to donate an item please contact Brenda Newell, ASHA Sr. Program Administrator, at, Ron Merwin, ASHA Auction Chairman at, or Germaine Johnson, ASHA Youth Chairperson at All donations are tax deductible, as the ASHA is a 501(c)3 corporation. A donation form can be obtained from the ASHA website.

Additional details about the 2009 ASHA Youth Auction and Raffle, and auction item photos can be found on the ASHA website.