Keeneland Magazine

NO4 2013

Keeneland, Investing in Racing's Future since 1936.

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tion in the restaurant business. I also turers from around the world. Brooks' perfect match," Ryder said. "The work saw how happy Ouita was. Here she was education included learning not only he has done for Keeneland has been a national debate champ who could have the art and science of book restoration outstanding, and his documentation is been the quintessential 'professional,' and conservation but also several other impeccable." but she didn't want to be a doctor or a hands-on skills he said he could never Ryder explained that much of conser- lawyer. And she really likes her life." have taught himself, such as pottery and vation is not about bringing a book or ob- woodworking. "It really enriched my life ject back to its original form, but instead to learn these skills," he said. respecting its natural aging and stabiliz- Inspired, Brooks began working full time with his side business but soon felt stagnant, realizing he'd have to do more He also learned "you can't fx things commercial work to keep things going unless you understand how they were fnancially. made" and that every step has to be He began looking at graduate school, ing the book or artwork so it can be used without further harm. "The frst tenet, though, is to do no harm," she said. "Everything needs to be reversible. a master's either in English or Fine Arts. Before he returned to Lexington, he appropriate and suitable. If the only tool He came across a book conservation realized that his chances of fnding a po- you have is a hammer, then everything program in England at West Dean Col- sition as a book conservator were slim starts to look like a nail. That does not lege and applied for and received a Ful- to none and he'd have to create his own work in conservation. We have a code of bright Scholarship to attend. The small job. He contacted Ryder and said she was ethics, and Alex is extraordinarily ethical." school had 80 students learning differ- very positive about the possibilities and ent types of conservation work, with a said she'd have some work for him. low student-to-staff ratio and guest lec- "I lobbied for him, and it has been a Brooks has worked on books from the Keeneland Library that have dated as far back as the 17th century, such as v v Broken Vow Unbridled – Wedding Vow, by Nijinsky II ––––––––––––––––––––– Cowboy Cal Giant's Causeway – Texas Tammy, by Seeking the Gold ––––––––––––––––––––– Sky Classic Broken Vow Cowboy Cal Sky Classic Multiple GSW • Millionaire Alternation Nijinsky II – No Class, by Nodouble New for 2014 ––––––––––––––––––––– Alternation Distorted Humor – Alternate, by Seattle Slew Pin Oak Stud Inquiries: Clifford Barry • (859) 873-1420 or Nancy Stephens • Versailles, Kentucky www.pinoakstud.com v v KEENELAND WINTER 2013 27

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