Video of The Fine Art of Thomas Allen Pauly

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thomas Allen Pauly - A Great Day at the Iroquois Steeplechase

Art, Hats and Horses
Thomas Allen Pauly
The Official Artwork of The Iroquois Steeplechase: The Steeplechase
 ...It was an honor to be selected as the Official Artist of the 70th Iroquois Steeplechase. Many of my fellow artists that I have idolized throughout my career have captured the beauty and excitement of this prestigious sporting event. 

My oil painting titled The Steeplechase was auctioned off during Friday's Jockey Club Gala to assist the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The top bidder was Mrs. Calvin Houghland whose husband was the longtime Chairman of The Iroquois Steeplechase and the winning jockey of the 1943 running of the Iroquois.

This year's $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Grade 1) was won by last year's champion, Irvin S. Naylor's Tax Ruling, who withstood a challenge from Slip Away at the 18th and final hurdle at Percy Warner Park.  Trained by Brianne Slater and ridden by amateur rider Darren Nagle, who had three winners on Saturday, captured the spring season's richest hurdle race by five lengths.
Enjoying my First Iroquois Steeplechase

 Although it was cloudy and in the 60's, the rain held off until 5 minutes after the feature race. I shot hundreds of photos for future Iroquois Steeplechase posters. 

It was an awesome experience...

Getting Ready to Shoot the Iroquois
My Shot of the Final Hurdle in the Iroquois... The Winner,  #1 Tax Ruling

The Official Thomas Allen Pauly Iroquois Steeplechase Merchandise

A Happy Shopper

Signing my Iroquois Steeplechase Prints

Video - Hats and Horses at the Iroquois Steeplechase

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thomas Allen Pauly - Iroquois Steeplechase Official Artist


Work by award-winning artist to be offered at
Jockey Club pre-event party
 NASHVILLE, Tenn.,—  Award-winning and internationally-known equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly has been chosen as the featured artist for the 70th running of Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase. Pauly will create a commissioned piece to be offered at the invitation-only Jockey Club auction on Friday, May 13 – the day before the races run on Saturday, May 14. Pauly’s art will also be used in the design of various items such as t-shirts and prints that will be available for sale online and at the Steeplechase Boutique on race day.

In 2006, Churchill Downs selected Pauly as the “Official Portrait Artist of the Kentucky Derby.” His portrait of the legendary horse, Barbaro, was featured as the Derby’s Official Commemorative Print that same year.
We are eager to see what Thomas creates for the 70th running of the Iroquois,” said Libby Cheek, executive director for the Iroquois Steeplechase. “He has beautifully depicted some of the world’s most famous horses and jockeys.”
An associate member of the internationally acclaimed American Academy of Equine Art, Pauly recently was invited to have his second solo art exhibit at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY. Working primarily in oils and watercolors, Pauly’s paintings are known for their accuracy, energy and celebration of achievement.

Thomas Allen Pauly's “The Steeplechase” is the 2011 Iroquois Steeplechase featured artwork. This beautiful piece of art will be auctioned May 14th at the 2011 Jockey Club party. For more information or to make a bid, please email

Additional information can be found on Thomas Allen Pauly’s official website:

About the Iroquois Steeplechase
Held on the second Saturday of every May at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is the premiere spring race in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring – typically attracting more than 25,000 spectators. Since being designated in 1981 as the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $9 million from the event proceeds. For information on advance ticket purchases, corporate and hospitality tents, and tailgating and RV spaces, visit or call 1-866-207-2391.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Equine Art of Thomas Allen Pauly Benefits Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)

The Fine Art of Racing and The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) will feature
the artwork of nationally renowned equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly at the Night of Silk
Derby Party, a live auction benefiting The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)
on the evening May 7 at the Galt House hotel in Louisville, Ky.

Mr. Pauly, who returns to Churchill Downs for his solo art exhibit during the 2011
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, has donated this exclusive offering of a
personalized 20" x 24" oil portrait featuring a horse, jockey, and trainer or racing silks of
the top bidder's choice.

"Being an avid supporter of the PDJF," Pauly says. "I was honored when Nancy LaSala,
PDJF's President, asked me to contribute to the live auction. Jockeys have always played
an important part of my equestrian artwork. The Blank Canvas is a very unique item; it
will give the top-bidder the opportunity to personalize their own canvas. Wouldn't it be
wonderful if the winner of The Blank Canvas is also the owner, jockey or trainer of this
year's Derby champion," Pauly noted. "I bet I know which horse they would have

The event follows the Kentucky Derby, which will take place earlier in the day.
Legendary jockeys, past and present, including the Kentucky Derby 137 participants, will
attend the Night of Silk event as a show of solidarity and support and to raise awareness
and assist in raising funds for the PDJF.

For more information about The Blank Canvas, please contact PDJF at 630-595-7660, or Thomas Allen Pauly at 773-208-7801,
To order tickets for the Night of Silk Derby Party visit
link or call 800-775-7777.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Kentucky Derby Features the Equine Art of Chicago Artist Thomas Allen Pauly

The Fine Art of Racing and The Game is pleased to announce that the artwork of equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly, who has portrayed many of the greatest
Thoroughbreds and jockeys in the sport of horse racing, will once again be
featured in a solo art exhibit
at the 2011 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

"I have always been fascinated by the excitement and the beauty of horse racing
and the regal jockeys up on their elegant champions," Pauly says.
"I have photographed and sketched every Derby since 1999 and I still get choked up during the playing of My Old Kentucky Home as they go to post."

The show will run May 6 - May 7 at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Fine Art of Racing gallery will be located on the 5th floor Finish Line Suites Terrace.

The Game will present Pauly's collection of Thoroughbreds and jockeys inspired by his extensive travels throughout the country. The exhibit will feature original oils, watercolors and graphites. Among the highlights of the exhibition is the portrait of three time Kentucky Derby champion jockey Calvin Borel in the silks of last year's Kentucky Derby owner WinStar Farms. Throughout the event, Mr. Pauly will also be painting live at his Fine Art of Racing gallery.

watercolor 19" x 24" 
Thomas Allen Pauly, The Fine Art of Racing

Since 1978, award-winning equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly has portrayed some of the finest horses and jockeys in the country. Born and raised in Chicago, his love of the sport emerged in the Sportsman's Park's winner circle when his friend's horse named Rusty Win captured the feature race by five lengths. He was hooked.

Pauly depicted the who's who in Thoroughbred racing in a portrait series commissioned by Arlington International Racecourse. In 2006, Churchill Downs selected Pauly as the Official Artist of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Commemorative Print. His painting of Barbaro was published as their Official Fan Appreciation Commemorative Art Print.

In 2010 & 2011, Churchill Downs invited Pauly to have a solo art exhibit during the
Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Also, his artwork was featured on the hit reality show
Undercover Boss which featured the COO of Churchill Downs Bill Carstenjen.
Pauly was recently selected as the Official Artist of the 2011 Iroquois Steeplechase.

He is an avid supporter of The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Pauly's portraits are known for their accuracy, their energy, their sentiment and their
celebration of achievement. To view Thomas Allen Pauly's portfolio, please visit

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thomas Allen Pauly Portrays Shore Breeze, 2010 Illinois Stallion of the Year

Shore Breeze's owner John F. Haran receives my watercolor painting of his Stallion of the Year at Hawthorne Racecourse on February 12, 2011.

Recently, I was commissioned by editor Joan Colby of the Illinois Racing News to portray Shore Breeze, the 2010 Illinois Stallion of the Year. He is a 13 year old brown horse (Danzig - Sea Breeze, by Gulch) bred by Morven Stud, Ltd.  He stands at John F. Haran's Eagle Valley Farm North...This is my second portrayal of Shore Breeze.

Pictured: Thomas Allen Pauly, Joan Colby, John F. Haran..
Photo by Four Footed Fotos

Shore Breeze, by Thomas Allen
......watercolor, 11" x 14"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thomas Allen Pauly - "Put On A Show" Portrait

Congratulations goes out to the 2010 3 year old Filly Pacer of the Year "Put On A Show" and owners Craig Henderson & Richard Young for an awesome 2011 campaign. Also Mr. Henderson, thank you for commissioning me to portray your fine champion. Looking forward to seeing her race in 2011...Thomas Allen Pauly
Here is a Blog Post from my trip to Canada to watch "Put On A Show" race at Mohawk Racetrack. Please check out my video of my adventures.  Thanks, Tom

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Thomas Allen Pauly" Facebook Fan Page Winners

Thank you for joining the Thomas Allen Pauly Facebook Fan Page ...I decided to double my offer, I will be giving 2 signed art prints to 20 fans...The winners are: Catherin McMillian, Mary Montgomery, Barn Rat, Jaime Claire Corum, Patrick Coyne, Leslie Bonnette, Debbie Beye - Barwick, Joyce Canaday, Marcie Heacox, Christine Collins Wokojance, Maylan Studart, Laura Skamser, Tom Chapman, Jerry Daker, Victoria Colville, Judy Maass Gadwood, Lori Nieboer, R Kathy Oakhem Losch, Wendy French and Dee Young...Watch for more upcoming fan appreciation art prints...

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Thomas Allen Pauly - The Fine Art of Racing" Facebook Fan Page

The Clock's Ticking down the hours until midnight.
...If you're not fan yet...Please join the "Thomas Allen Pauly - The Fine Art of Racing" Fan Page. After joining, post a message stating you're a new fan. On January 25, ten names will be chosen at random to win signed Thomas Allen Pauly fine art prints. Invite your friends. Thanks, Tom....!/pages/Thomas-Allen-Pauly/131869679939?v=info
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Zenyatta the Queen

Zenyatta the Queen

"Zenyatta - Mike Smith up" by Thomas Allen Pauly - watercolor
...Zenyatta, Thank you for being the perfect model for my paintings, drawings and video ... Congratulations on your Horse of the Year Award... 
"Zenyatta the Queen" - Video by Thomas Allen Pauly

Monday, January 10, 2011

Secretariat Book Features Thomas Allen Pauly Painting

Waiting for Secretariat painting by Thomas Allen Pauly featured in Secretariat's Meadow book.
Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend by Kate Chenery Tweedy & Leeanne Ladin featured my oil painting titled Waiting for Secretariat. The original oil painting is in the collection of Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery. I was commissioned by Arlington Park Racetrack to portray her racing silks and the portrait was presented to Ms. Chenery as their inaugural Woman in Racing award.

Thomas Allen Pauly with Secretariat's Meadow's author Kate Chenery Tweedy
Penny Chenery, Waiting for Secretariat and Thomas Allen Pauly

Video: The Art of Secretariat by Thomas Allen Pauly

I was most honored when Kate Chenery Tweedy (Penny's daughter) asked if she could feature the portrait in her book about Secretariat and her family. It is a wonderful book and was released a month before the very successful Secretariat movie debut. Congratulations to all...