Gallery Tour

In 1974, Greg Ladd opened Cross Gate Gallery in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse capital of the world.

Specializing in Equine-related Sporting Art, the gallery operated for twenty-three years at its original High Street location, before moving in February 1998 to its present home at 509 East Main Street.

The 11,000 square foot Greek Revival building built in 1901 has become the perfect setting for housing the gallery's broad range of quality artwork.

"I was lucky enough to find a profession right out of school that I love. I think the secret to success in any business, is first of all loving what you are doing, and secondly, satisfying your customers. I have a good eye, and I think most of our customers realize that. We try to show quality artwork at a fair price, and really, it sells itself."

Cross Gate is pleased to include as its customers Keeneland Racecourse, Fasig-Tipton Company, Breeders' Cup, Ltd., and many other Equine organizations as well as top horsemen from around the world.

Sporting Art

"Sporting Art" is a broad term which tends to include not only equine subjects such as fox hunting and horse racing, but typically will also include shooting, fishing, yachting or any subject which depicts the favorite pastimes of "Country Gentlemen." "Sporting Art" has its roots in the early 18th Century when British noblemen, while enjoying their sport, wanted to commemorate their favorite horses, dogs or other sporting scenes, and would ask the top artists of the day to depict these subjects. This practice has continued through the present day.

Since 1974, we have shown a cross section of these subjects. Our location in Central Kentucky, the "Horse Capital of the World" has made it a natural for us to focus on Equine Art. We show the very best work by the top artists working in Europe and America. From a Sporting Artist's standpoint, there is no better place in the world to show your work than in the Bluegrass and in the presence of other recognized leaders in the field.

"Cross Gate Gallery has a great clientele with an appreciation for quality artwork."