Harrison Expo & Benefit on Sunday May 18

Ginny and Ian Harrison are holding an equine oriented expo at their clinic in Berryville on Sunday, May 18 to benefit Saddles & Smiles, a wonderful equine program for special needs children. All the details are on the page above. Best wishes for a great day!

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The Virginia Gold Cup Races are May 3, 2014

VA GOLD CUP MAY 4 2014 RACE ADVERTISEMENT

 

The VTA and the VAHBPA

cordially invite you to attend the

Virginia Gold Cup Races

in the

Turf Club

LOCATED ON MEMBERS HILL OVERLOOKING THE PADDOCK
Saturday, May 3, 2014

11:00 a.m.

FUN AT THE RACES WITH FRIENDS AND FELLOW HORSEMEN

$165 per person
- Exclusive Access to the VTA/VHBPA Turf Club Tent -
- VIP Car Pass -
- Members Hill Badge -
- Full Bar and Catered Fare -
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering on All Gold Cup Races -
- Enjoy All of the Derby Day Action from Churchill Downs -
_______________________________
RSVP By April 17, 2014
to ensure you receive your tickets
-or-
Send your check to the VTA
 250 West Main Street, Suite 100, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Make your check payable to VEPAC

 

 

Derby Day Attire
Parking is limited – one parking space per every two tickets
Proceeds benefit VEPAC and the Virginia Equine Industry

 

Virginia Thoroughbred Association
250 West Main Street, Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

*Photo credit: Douglas Lees
Virginia Thoroughbred Association | 250 West Main Street | Suite 100 | Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 | (434) 977-3716
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The holiday season is upon us and Mother Nature did not disappoint as the county Jennifer Lee Photo of Guy and Hounds Thanksgiving Day 2013received over 4 inches of the fluffy stuff yesterday!

I am delighted to share with everyone this great photo taken by Jennifer Lee, a freelance photographer and journalist from Clarke County, Virginia. Pictured is Guy and the hounds, followed by the staff, moving off from Long Branch Plantation on Thanksgiving Day.

Jennifer kindly allowed us to use this photo for our Christmas Card. It might be published in the December issue of Clarke County’s local newspaper, The Observer. Inside will be her article about the hunt. The newspaper will be on line around Christmas so if you don’t get the paper, you can read it here: www.vaobserver.com

Great photo Jennifer! Thank you for letting us use it!

PHOTOS THROUGH DEC 5 ARE POSTED

BRH NOV 28 2013 LONG BRANCH THANKSGIVING DAY MEET 043We’ve had some on and off days these last few weeks and all the meets I’ve photographed are now posted on Shutterfly. We had a wonderful time hosting a variety of cappers, guests from abroad, and a very enthusiastic group from Thornton Hill Fort Valley. We thank them all for joining us.

Contact Nancy Kleck, if you capped with us and would like to see the photos. They are free for personal use and lifelong enjoyment!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and a great season of hunting!

 

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It Was A Blast!

ball 029This year’s hunt ball, held again at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in White Post on November 29th, was a terrific success, and though we were missing a few regulars such as Anne and Billy McIntosh, and Chris and Andie Howells (we missed you!), everyone had a wonderful evening. Lots of young faces, some new members, and a great turn out enjoyed the festive mood and comraderie of being together in a warm room! And how we all clean up so nicely!

The rock and roll band C. Barnes Project pushed up the temperatures with their list of dance favorites, and by request, gave a really fabulous rendition of the popular tune that’s gone viral on You-Tube “What Does The Fox Say???” If you don’t know what we’re talking about, find it on You-Tube, it’s a song that a band sings - the members are dressed up in fox costumes…it’s pretty funny!

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MANY THANKS GO TO Catherine Stimpson, Hunt Ball Chairwoman, Geri Rivers, Caroline Fitzgerald, Sisi Gallagher, and everyone who helped with the flower arrangements, collecting auction items, donating items, and most importantly, thank you to all the lucky bidders who won our silent auction items! Our hounds thank you!

ball 014Matt Baker kindly took photos throughout the evening but some of you were boogeying on the dance floor so fast he couldn’t keep up or even find you. Next year he and yours truly are going to set up a photo booth so everyone can have a nice party photo to remember the evening by. You’ll find the Photos Page 1 and 2 under Photo Gallery.

Get your long johns ready, and see you back out in the field!

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A Great Day for the Cleveland Bay

At Farnley, in White Post, Virginia, we had BRH NOV 16 2013 FARNLEY CLEVELAND BAY DAY 053the pleasure of hosting the largest group of Cleveland Bay foxhunters in recent years on Saturday, November 16.

Many friends and followers came out to see them off, and with the sun shining brightly, we got a lot of photographs to remember this wonderful day.

Within moments after our huntsman, Guy Allman, moved off with the hounds, a fox was viewed for all the hilltoppers to see, and photograph as he went up the fence line to then disappear over the hill. Later on, we viewed a rather good size coyote near a round bail in a pasture next to a corn field in which the hounds were later cast, and luckily, we got photos of him too.

Many of you know Liz Callar, one of the best professional photographers around. She can sprout wings at a moment’s notice to get to the coup on time, and took lots of photographs of the meet. Visit her website, www.LizCallar.com, for her photographs.

Blue Ridge Hunt member Nancy Kleck posts the photos she takes on The Blue Ridge Hunt Share Site on Shutterfly.com, while traveling with Chris Howells, our wheel whipper-in extraordinaire (go to the very last few photographs, he’s in the back of the truck!). Email Nancy Kleck to be added to the Shutterfly email list and she’ll send you back an invitation from Shutterfly. Once you’ve signed up, go to your share page and you’ll see the Blue Ridge Hunt. If you have any problems, please contact Nancy. These photos are free to download onto your PC, or order prints through Shutterfly for all to enjoy! Lots of scenic shots and tiny little riders, but if you scan down the entire lot, you’ll see a good bit of the hunting!

Thank you all for hunting with the Blue Ridge today at Farnley. We hope you had a great time and will come back soon!

 

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The Hunting is Great, Come Cap with Us!

BRH OCT 26 2013 OPENING MEET AT LONG BRANCH 191It’s the second season for our huntsman, Guy Allman, and the hunting has never been better! For those who wish to cap with the Blue Ridge, please contact one of the Masters:

Linda Armbrust (540) 837-1577
Anne McIntosh (703) 509-4499
Brian Ferrell (540) 550-7015

In brief:

1. Please be appropriately attired. If in doubt, check the INFORMATION PAGE.

2. A release must be signed before hunting. Blank releases are available from Vail Juhring, our Field Secretary, or can be downloaded in PDF form from the INFORMATION PAGE.

3. Cap fees: Adults $150; juniors 18-25 is $75; pony club is $15. Exact cash or check (make payable to The Blue Ridge Hunt) and must be paid to the Field Secretary before unloading your horse(s). Limit of 4 caps.

4. A current negative coggins test is required and must be in your vehicle.

5. A current VA Hunting license.

6. ALWAYS CHECK THE MONITOR THE NIGHT BEFORE!

A Little Perk!
One of our members, Nancy Kleck, takes photographs for the hunt. She travels with Chris Howells, our wheel-whipper in. Wave to her and she’ll take a bunch of photos of you, all the photos can be viewed on Shutterfly.com and are free for members and guests to enjoy.

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A Glorious Day for Our Opening Meet

It could not have been a more picture perfect day fBRH OCT 26 2013 OPENING MEET AT LONG BRANCH 031or our opening meet held at the beautiful, historic Long Branch in Millwood on Saturday, October 26. Cool, sunny, and a wonderful tailgate afterwards, we simply had a great day.

Behind Guy is Karel Wennink, steeping in as whipper-in for the day.

A small group of photos is posted on the PHOTO GALLERY page, and the entire day’s photos (very culled this year) are on Shutterfly.com Enjoy!

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The 2013 Virginia Field Hunter Championship

Photos from the 2013 Virginia Field Hunter Championship that was rescheduled for Sunday, October 20 at Woodley Farm in Berryville, VA will be posted soon, and a grouping will be in the PHOTO GALLERY. Enjoy!

 

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