This month we feature the 2007 SCI Convention stein, a porcelain character stein of a thoroughbred horse sitting atop a keg of beer, wearing his lederhosen, with foaming stein in one hand and radish in the other. The stein bears striking resemblance to the logo of the Thoroughbred Stein Verein, hosts of this years SCI convention in Louisville, KY. What better choice for the great horse-racing state of Kentucky?
Convention-goers will each receive one of these limited edition steins, which contains a special treat in its base - a colored lithophane of Affirmed, the 1978 Triple Crown winner, the last horse to sweep the ultimate prize of American thoroughbred horse racing. Affirmed was named Horse of the Year in 1978, as a three-year old, and again in 1979. While Affirmed came away with the honors, his greatness was tested every inch of the way by another great horse, Alydar, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont.
This stablemate of Affirmed and Alydar strikes a much more relaxed pose than either of those two racing greats ever did, but it's a most appropriate one for the slogan of this years convention - "Come Horse Around With Us!"
The Seelbach Hilton Hotel