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First hunter pace Feb. 24
The Casanova Hunt will open the spring race, 'chase and pace season with an event Feb. 24 at Winfall Farm near Casanova. Three events begin at 12 p.m. – optimum time, fast time and hilltoppers. There are divisions for adults, juniors, hunt members and non-members.
Information is available by calling (540) 439-3820.
Other events on the Virginia Steeplechase Association and Virginia Point-to-Point Association spring calendar are: March 2 Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds Point-to-Point at Thornton Hill Farm in Sperryville; March 3 THFVH hunter also at Thornton Hill; March 9 Blue Ridge Hunt Point-to-Point at Woodley Farm in Berryville; March 10 BRH hunter pace at Weldon House Farm in Boyce; March 16 Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point at Airlie; March 17 WH pace at Clovercroft; March 23 Piedmont Foxhounds pace and point-to-point at Salem farm in Upperville; March 30 Orange County Hunt hunter pace at Locust Hill Farm in Middleburg; March 31 OCH Point-to-Point also at Locust Hill; April 6 Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point at Ben Venue Farm in Rappahannock County; also April 6, the new Dogwood Classic at Colonial Downs in New Kent County, April 7 ODH pace also at Ben Venue; April 13 Bull Run Hunt pace at Peacock Farm near Culpeper; April 14 Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point at Oatlands in Leesburg; April 20 Middleburg Spring Races at Glenwood Park; April 21 Rappahannock Hunt pace at Greenwood Farm in Washington; April 27 Loudoun West/Fairfax Hunts hunter pace at Rolling Meadow Farm in Philomont; April 27 Foxfield Races in Charlotesville; April 28 Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point at Glenwood; and May 4 Virginia Gold Cup Races at Great Meadow near The Plains.
Details on all race and pace events are online at www.CentralEntryOffice.com.
Train with top driver Feb. 10
The James River Driving Association will host a driving clinic with World bronze medalist Shelly Temple Feb. 10 in Doswell. Log onto www.JamesRiverDrivingAssociation.com to sign up.
Mosby lecture features foxhunt history
The Mosby Heritage Area's Conversations in History series features a foxhunting panel discussion Feb. 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg.
Panelists will speak to “the history and future of the sport of foxhunting in the Piedmont,” offering firsthand perspective into and experience with this region’s beloved foxhunting and equine sports. A question and answer discussion will follow.
Panelists include Warrenton's Robert Ashcom, a native of Charlottesville and former master and huntsman to the Tryon Hounds in N.C. as well as field master at Farmington. An author, Ashcom is a retired professor of English.
Tommy Lee Jones has served as huntsman of the Casanova Hunt since 1970. Jones started foxhunting as a child with the Bull Run Hunt. With wife Diane he manages the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, the Warrenton Pony Show, and the Warrenton Horse Show. Jones is a member of the Virginia Point-to-Point Council, the Virginia Horse Shows Association management committee, and serves on the board of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. Along with his mother, Jones runs and manages New Hope Farm in Warrenton, which prepares horses for sale, racing and hunting. He regularly writes for several local magazines.
Albert Poe was born in Hume in 1931. At age 23, Albert Poe became the youngest professional huntsman in the nation when he started at Piedmont in 1954. He was also huntsman for Fairfax and Middleburg, and whipped in at Old Dominion. Poe is widely considered the preeminent breeder of American Foxhounds of the 20th century. He has trained racehorses and rode steeplechases.
Brother Melvin Poe at age 93 is still carrying the horn as huntsman of the remnants of the private Bath County Hunt from his home kennels in Hume. Melvin Poe, credited with developing the world-renowned “red-ringneck” American pack at the Orange County Hunt, was huntsman at Old Dominion, OCH and Bath.
Details on the event are available by calling (540) 687-6681, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.MosbyHeritageArea.org.
Frying Pan shows this weekend
Frying Pan Park in Herndon will host hunter and jumper shows through the winter and spring. Hunter dates are Feb. 9, March 26 and April 13. Jumper shows are Jan. 19, Feb. 10, March 23 and April 14.
Details are available by calling (703) 437-9101.
Ride 'the course' Sunday at Great Meadow
Great Meadow in The Plains will offer a continuing series of public trail rides on the second Sunday of each month. In addition to this coming Sunday, Feb. 10, rides are slated March 10 and April 14. Rides begin at 10 a.m.
The rides are set at a “slow” pace, designed for green horses, novice riders, and “for those who want to see Great Meadow in a way they never have before,” said Great Meadow director and ride leader Rob Banner.
Twilight Polo's opening night is Saturday, May 18, with the popular Twilight Jumpers program planned for four Friday nights this summer.
Details for any Great Meadow event can be found online at www.GreatMeadowFoundation.org or call (540) 253-5000.
Looking for love? Try the Stallion Auction.
The Virginia Thoroughbred Association will host their annual stallion season auction Feb. 13-14. Donated seasons to Thoroughbred stallions around the region and around the nation are up for grabs to the highest bidder. A full list of stallions available and rules for the auction can be found online at www.VaBred.org.
Western clinic at Silver Star
Western trainer Lucas Cash will teach a clinic at Silver Star Farm in Spotsylvania Feb. 23. Cash will work with horses and riders on showmanship, halter, horsemanship, hunter under saddle and western pleasure. Riding participants and auditors are welcome to attend.
Log onto www.SilverStarFarmOnline.com or call (540) 226-9371 for more.
Fargis to teach at Fox Chase
Olympic show jumper Joe Fargis will teach a jumping clinic at Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg April 20-21. To sign up, call (540) 687-5255 or log onto www.FoxChaseFarm.net.
Free vet Q and A
The Horse magazine is hosting a free webinar Thursday Feb. 7 starting at 8 p.m. Dr. Ross Rich and Dr. Bob Harman will take questions and discuss stem cell therapy for orthopedic injuries of horses.
Rich operates Cave Creek Equine Hospital in Phoenix, Az., where he specializes in equine lameness, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, performance problems, diagnostic imaging, regenerative medicine and respiratory problems. He has used stem-cell therapy since 2004.
Harman is founder and CEO of Vet-Stem Inc., the first U.S.-based commercial veterinary stem cell company.
Log on to www.TheHorse.com to take part in the discussion.