Middleburg Hunt (VA) junior subscriber and Foxcroft School alumna, Ashleigh Dove, was awarded the Theodora Ayer Randolph Sporting Scholarship on Saturday, June 10, at noon in the main hunter ring of the Upperville Horse Show. This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving young equestrian for the advancement of his or her knowledge and skills of horses and hunting. The recipient must be an active foxhunter with an interest in various horse sports and must have a desire to improve their horsemanship and horsemastership.

No one fits this description better than Ashleigh; and so, the Middleburg Hunt Masters enthusiastically nominated Ashleigh to win this award. A better choice could not have been made; Ashleigh represents all we could hope for in a young foxhunter.

Ashleigh, who is currently a student at the University of Virginia, started hunting with us at Middleburg when she was a freshman at Foxcroft. She is smitten with foxhunting! She has experience in other riding disciplines, but, as she says, "I immediately fell in love with foxhunting and realized I had found something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

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Dove receives the Randolph Sporting Scholarship under the oaks at Upperville. Photo courtesy of Foxcroft School.

While at Foxcroft, Ashleigh participated four times in Middleburg Hunt's annual Foxhound Day, in which a student rides with a staff member. She followed our former huntsman, Barry Magner, our honorary whipper-in, Carey Shefte, and, for two times, our former huntsman, Hugh Robards. During her senior year at Foxcroft in 2014, she interned at the Middleburg Hunt Kennels as part of the school's Wintermission program and learned about the training and care of hounds. She wrote a blog and gave a presentation to the entire school about what she took away from her experience.

Ashleigh now rides for our honorary whipper-in, Carey Shefte, and helps to bring along Carey's green Thoroughbred foxhunters. She drives up from UVA almost every week end in order to do this and take Carey's horses out hunting.

We at Middleburg congratulate Ashleigh on this well-deserved achievement.

To read an eCovertside article Ashleigh wrote about her love of foxhunting, please click here.

To read another eCovertside article about her introduction to hunting at Foxcroft, please click here.

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