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Starting on Dec. 23, they kicked off a campaign to raise $1800 in order to save a young gelding’s life. Thanks to the generosity and kind hearts of many, the funds were raised in exactly one week and just before the young horse was to be shipped for slaughter.

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The soaking rain let up just in time for the start of this afternoon’s (Saturday’s) Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point at Ben Venue, one of the biggest events held every year in Rappahannock County, this meet rescheduled from its traditional April date due to COVID-19. Just two Virginia poin…

Jeff Woodall, huntsman for Old Dominion Hounds, is shown on a cubhunting (or “cubbing”) — run last Thursday at Poes Run, a property on North Poes Road. The cubhunting outings are short, early-morning, early-season training runs for riders and hounds, particularly new hounds, for which the dr…

Belle Meade School riding students participated in the Bull Run Hunt Family Hunter Pace this fall and placed third in the junior division. The Sperryville school will be hosting a spring trail ride fundraiser in April. Pictured here are (from left) McKayla Colgan, Sofie Garcia, Alex Forte an…

At Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds’ opening meet Sunday morning (Nov. 1) at Bill Fletcher’s Thornton Hill in Sperryville, Joint Masters Jeffrey LeHew (in red) and Beth Opitz (and Joint Master Erwin Opitz, not visible in the photo) stood by as the Rev. Jennings W. Hobson II conducted the tra…

At the 2015 Rappahannock Hunt Blessing of the Hounds/Opening Meet last Saturday at Red Hill, the start of the Rappahannock Hunt’s 89th year, the Hunt — with a presentation by Oliver Brown, MFH (right) — showed its appreciation with an honorary lifetime membership for the Rev. Jennings W. Hob…

For Saturday’s Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races at Ben Venue Farm’s rolling race course, a finally spring-like weather forecast attracted an overflowing entry box for the day’s nine races which were run under sunny skies but with chillier-than-expected winds.

On March 29, Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds’ final meet of the 2014-15 season doubled as the swan song for Billy Dodson, who retired as huntsman. Dodson has carried the horn for THFVH since 1998, when he started with 100 donated hounds, including one of the best hounds he ever had, a cross…

Huntly photographer and horsewoman Ronda Gregorio’s niece Chloe Porter, 8, appears to have been adopted as a friend by Viggo, the wild mustang that Gregorio herself adopted last month. When first saddled, Viggo bucked like he was auditioning for a John Wayne movie, but between Ronda’s traini…

Lily, a miniature horse and part of Sally Petty’s “Mini Whinny” Therapy Horse Program, stopped by Hearthstone School two weeks ago to visit several lower school classes. Students took turns reading to Lily, while fourth- and fifth-grade art students drew pictures of her. Lily proved to be a …

A well-dressed and ready-to-race crowd — including a good assortment of kids with their own stick horses — attended last Sunday’s (April 20) Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds point-to-point races at Sperryville’s Thornton Hill course. Winter cold postponed the races from their start-of-the-se…



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