Monthly Archives: October 2009

Casanova Hunt Opening Meet

Today was the 100th anniversary of Casanova Hunt. The Blessing of the Hounds was held at the Casanova Green and the hunt conducted on Spring Hill Farm, the largest Thoroughbred breeding farm in Virginia.

This hound wanted a personal blessing from the huntsman during the opening ceremony.
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There was some lovely foliage.

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A whipper-in with the field behind him.

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Horses and riders were beautifully turned out.

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The weather was very warm and the hounds and horses needed a drink.

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And so did the riders.

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Posted in Foxhunting

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

I spent an early morning with the ex-race horses at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Montpelier facility. It was a beautiful, misty morning.

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Life is good at the retirement center.

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There are lots of lovely horses for adoption.

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There is a training track at Montpelier where current race horses train. This one was finished for the day and headed back to his barn.

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Posted in Fine Art, Horses at Liberty

Art at the Barn

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation held an art show and auction benefit at their Montpelier facility. TRF provides homes for many Thoroughbreds at risk after their racing careers have ended. I was one of several local artists to exhibit work; we all donated an item for the live auction and a portion of any sales at the event. This was the third Art at the Barn and attendance had increased significantly over last year. I hope to see you there next year! For fine art photography please visit the Fine Art gallery at Susan M. Carter.

Lots of beautiful art work:

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My display was on the far wall between the painting on the easel and the man in shorts:

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Food:

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Music:
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And an auction:

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Posted in Fine Art, Horse Racing

Jr Field Hunter Championships – Old Dominion Hunt

Early morning fog turned into a beautiful mist for the Junior Field Hunter Championship qualifier at Old Dominion Hounds.

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The hounds were ready

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And so were the ponies

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There were nearly 100 riders

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Lots of previously qualified riders

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And the youngest entry was only three years old.

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Posted in Foxhunting