Dr. Tony Ryan

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Castleton’s Prowess Touched Three Breeds

Many subjects of our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series thus far have seen their development mirror that of Lexington as the top Thoroughbred nursery in the country. The oldest Thoroughbred farms may sometimes trace their roots to a family homestead in the late 1700s, maybe to use as pastureland for cows, and then make the […]

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Five Semi-Finalists Announced For 2017 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

Castleton Lyons has announced the names of five semi-finalist titles competing for the 2017 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. For the first time in the $10,000 award’s 12-year history, every honoree is a work of fiction. Since its inception, only two novels have won—Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule in 2010, which also took home the […]

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Dec. 31 Entry Deadline For 12th Annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

December 31 is the entry deadline for the 2017 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for books published in 2017 that have a Thoroughbred theme. This award is sponsored by Castleton Lyons and 2017 marks the 12th consecutive year that authors can be considered for a competition that rewards excellence in equine literature. The winner receives […]

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Castleton Lyons: Lexington Council Votes ‘No’ On Funding To Preserve Land

Members of Urban County Council voted on Tuesday to not approve $5 million in funding to help preserve 1,000 acres of land at Castleton Lyons Farm. According to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Rural Land Management Board had requested the additional $5 million to purchase development rights to the farm, which would protect it from future commercial development. […]

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Finalists Announced For 2016 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

In a year of unprecedented quality in addition to quantity, the three finalists for the 11th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award showcase a pair of handsomely researched histories and a top-notch work of photo-journalism. A near-record number of submissions were received for the 2016 competition, many penned by authors well-known both in and outside […]

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Update: Lexington Council Votes To Pursue Appraisal Of Castleton Lyons

Members of Lexington’s Rural Land Management Board voted on Monday to pursue an appraisal for development rights to Castleton Lyons farm. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the board voted 7-2 to seek the appraisal. Members did not make a final decision as to how any development would be paid for, however. At the center of the debate […]

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‘We Have To Be Fair’: Future Of Castleton Lyons May Rest With Lexington Council Decision

Lexington’s Rural Land Management Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, and among the topics on its agenda will be whether it will spend several millions of dollars to purchase the development rights for the historic Castleton Lyons farm. According to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, at 1,000 acres, Castleton Lyons is the largest privately-owned […]

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Carter Receives Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award For ‘Warriors On Horseback’

Warriors on Horseback, written by John Carter and published by Bloomsbury Publishing, has been named winner of the tenth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. The announcement was made at an evening reception on April 13 at the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons, near Lexington. In a year when books about jockeys were a dominant voice […]

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Finalists Announced For 2015 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

Three finalists for the tenth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been announced by the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons, founding sponsor of this lucrative competition for racing-oriented literary works since 2006. Jockeys ruled the day in 2015, with two of the three top entries focusing on those brave men and women, who, pound for […]

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Semi-Finalists For Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Announced

There is a dominant theme in this, the tenth anniversary of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, with five of the six semi-finalists focusing on jockeys and backstretch workers. This impressive group includes two novels, an artistic coffee table book, work from a noted folklorist, and a peek inside the mind of a jockey, written […]

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