Tatanka follows in Winston's hoofprints as Derby Museum pony

Photo: Courtesy of the Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum is celebrating its new companion pony, Tatanka.

Tatanka has taken up residence at the Museum alongside current resident Thoroughbred, Populist Politics. The two are carrying on the Museum’s long-time tradition of having horses on site for guests to experience when they visit.

With no known foaling date, the museum declared Jan. 15 as Tatanka’s official birthday. He celebrated turning four with a bouquet of carrots… and cake for all the human visitors who came out to mark the occasion with him.

Tatanka, whose name is the Native American word for buffalo, stands at 39 inches tall and weighs approximately 380 pounds. He is a pinto pony, which means he is black and white in color. 

Tatanka came to the museum in late December and is getting settled in to his new home. He previously lived on a farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and was part of Second Stride, an organization that helps horses find new homes.

Winston, the museum’s beloved miniature horse and long time ambassador for over 23 years, served as the companion animal to more than 30 resident Thoroughbreds. He passed away last May. Plans for a Winston memorial will be announced later this spring. 

Tatanka and the current resident Thoroughbred, Populist Politics, are the first horses to live in the museum’s new stable facilities. The barn is dedicated to Penny Chenery, the famed owner of Triple Crown Winner, Secretariat. Her daughter, Kate Chenery Tweedy, was on hand last November to officially dedicate the barn when the Museum opened its new 16,000 square foot expansion and renovation project. 


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