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National Sporting Library and Museum takes it’s show on the road on May 21

- The National Sporting Library and Museum (NSLM) is hitting the road for Carriage Day on Saturday, May 21.

Team makes changes in front office

- Former Potomac Nationals Vice President/General Manager Zach Prehn is no longer with the Potomac Baseball organization.

Spring sports season for PW teams nears halfway mark

- Team-by-team highlights from around the county.

Voter registration deadline is May 23 for June 14 primary elections

- Citizens wanting to vote in the June 14 primary elections must register now. The voter registration deadline for the June primary is Monday, May 23.

Lorton drowning victim remembered at Kids Choice Sports Center

- The parents of 7-year-old daughter, Fatmata Kamara, who drowned at the Lorton Station community last year, are trying to prevent another tragic drowning this summer by teaching parents and kids about water safety.at Kids Choice Sports Center, 3000 Sport and Health Drive, Woodbridge from 1-3 p.m. tomorrow.

Lorton drowning victim remembered at Kids Choice Sports Center

- The parents of 7-year-old daughter, Fatmata Kamara, who drowned at the Lorton Station community last year, are trying to prevent another tragic drowning this summer by teaching parents and kids about water safety.at Kids Choice Sports Center, 3000 Sport and Health Drive, Woodbridge from 1-3 p.m. tomorrow.

P-Nats hit skids on road

- As the midpoint of the season's first half approaches, the Potomac Nationals have slipped a little further behind first-place Lynchburg in the four-team Carolina League Northern Division standings.

Hook, line and sinker

- Prince William County Sheriff Glendell Hill sponsors annual fishing tournament.

Series focuses on helping parents with troubled teens

- A new series of parenting sessions offers tips to help parents deal with troubled teens.

Manassas Airport employee gets award for Jonas cleanup

- Jeff Clayborn, airport maintenance supervisor for the Manassas Regional Airport, was awarded an honorable mention in the Large General Aviation category at the 50th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium in April. 

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National Sporting Library and Museum takes it’s show on the road on May 21

Prince William resident Doug Ward, Red and trainer Molly Savage will attend Carriage Day on Saturday, May 21 in Middleburg. Courtesy photo.
The National Sporting Library and Museum (NSLM) is hitting the road for Carriage Day on Saturday, May 21.

The free community and family event features carriages of all shapes, sizes, and eras. More than 20 historic and refurbished carriages from the Piedmont Driving Club and Colonial Williamsburg will be on display across the grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum, located at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg, is an American research center for horse and field sports.

Area carriage experts will give walking tours on the lawn, and a “drive-by” of these historic vehicles will take place in the front circle of the Museum.

Prince William County resident Doug Ward is one of the newest (and youngest) members of the Piedmont Driving Club, a partner for Carriage Day. Ward said he is new to driving and excited to attend Carriage Day with his horse, Red.

"Our event is meant to bring in members of the public with all levels of carriage knowledge- from zero to expert- and inspire them to learn more about the vehicles as art, historic artifact, and as a hobby," Anne Marie Barnes said. "Doug is a great representation of that."

Originally from Michigan, he moved to Prince William County about 15 years ago when he transferred to take a job with the Government Publishing Office. He lives in Woodbridge but he stables his horse, Red, nearby in Nokesville.

"I got interested in carriage driving after looking for a horse to buy for trail riding," said Ward. "I grew up around horses and had always wanted a horse, but it always seemed like a goal just out of reach. Last summer, I encouraged my girlfriend to get back into riding. She had been a competitive rider a few years ago."

The couple decided to start taking lessons again to brush up on their skills.

"I then decided that I was going to take the plunge and get a horse," Ward said. "I am fond of the draft horses, so I started volunteering at a draft horse rescue in Maryland. I worked with them for awhile to find a suitable match."

"I really had no intentions of driving before I found my Red."

"I was looking though the for sale postings on Virginia Equestrian and came across a short post with no picture describing a Belgian Quarterhorse cross," he said. "It said he was 18 and a retired civil war reenactment horse, so I called."

Red was available still and was a perfect match his owner said because of his tough, sturdy and the perfect temperament.

Red is not only a show horse, he is a star. He was a Gettysburg battlefield trail horse as well as a movie star. He was in the movie Gods and Generals with Robert Duvall and Jeff Daniels in the Battle of Fredericksburg scenes according to his owner.

"I bought Red and the only issue he had was a bit of a swayback from age and hard riding during his civil war days."

Ward said he was looking for an activity for both of them that would be easier on his back than riding when he discovered carriage driving.

"So we started training; Red and I together with a trainer in February and he has taken to it very well," Ward added.

Paul Bennett, director of coach and livestock at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will give a featured talk on two refurbished carriages currently in use at Colonial Williamsburg. The pair of colonial carriages will be displayed in the front circle of NSLM throughout the day.

Bennett has an interesting horse history which includes delivering two metric tons of beer with Shire horses for Newcastle Breweries, to driving Barbara Stockton’s magnificent hackney horses to an 1860 Marsden Park drag out of Windsor Castle. You may have even caught a glimpse of hime when drove a 19th century hansom cab in the 2009 "Sherlock Holmes" movie. He has driven traditional carriages through across Europe, London, Berlin, Vienna, Sienna, and Como.

Carriage Day will also include children’s activities, a book sale in the library, and free admission to the museum.

NSLM is partnering with the Piedmont Driving Club, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Virginia Tech Middleburg Agriculture Research and Extension (MARE) Center for this event.

Piedmont Driving Club, founded in 1972, it is believed to be the oldest continuously active carriage driving club in Virginia. The club is affiliated with the Carriage Association of America (CAA) and typically organizes and attends 40-50 drives per year along the beautiful roads and private estates in Northern Virginia.

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