Monthly Archives: November 2009

Nighttime Racing

I went up to Charles Town on November 27th to try photographing horse racing under the lights. Here are some of the shots.

Red Alert Diamond with Ishua M. Diaz Figueroa wins the West Virginia Bred Maiden race.

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Jockey J. D. Acosta after winning the West Virginia Bred Claiming race for fillies and mares on Kassi’s Love.

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Boone’s Babe and Xavier Perez win the Maiden Claming race for two year olds

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High Five Gal and J.D. Acosta win the Maiden Claiming race for two year old fillies.

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Smokin’ Stogies goes down to the start.

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Ponce (pink hood) and J. D. Acosta go on to win.

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Posted in Horse Racing

Old Dominion Hounds Junior Meet

Old Dominion Hounds hosted a junior meet with the Old Dominion Region Pony Club on Saturday. There were lots of juniors and the field was very large.

Everyone helped get the ponies ready to hunt.

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One lucky rider got to ride with the Master and lead the field.

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The field stretched for a long way.

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The hounds were enthusiastic

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The whips had to hustle to keep up with the hounds

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Some riders and ponies were very small.

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Posted in Foxhunting

Jr Field Hunter Championships – Finals

The finals of the 2009 Junior North American Field Hunter Championships were held on November 1st in The Plains, Va. More than 60 children qualified from hunt clubs up and down the east coast in three divisions: hilltoppers, first flight 12 and under and first flight 13 and over. More photos can be found on Susan M. Carter Photography.

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The contestants rode in a mock hunt across some beautiful countryside.

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M. Douglas Wise, MFH and Mrs. Robert “Iona” Pillion led the groups.

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Cross country obstacles included logs, timber jumps, coops and stone walls. The contestants rode extremely well.

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Among other challenges, the finalist testing required participants to drop a rail and lead their horses over it.

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Braiding was discouraged but there were some cool clips.

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Posted in Foxhunting