Going to the Dogs (Really) in Orlean

ODH logoThe Old Dominion Hounds will host a foxhound puppy show and open house Saturday, April 26 at the club kennels in Orlean, VA. Competition begins at 3:00 pm with Best in Show at 5:00 pm.
An international panel of judges will score unentered hounds from recognized packs in the Northern Virginia and Virginia regions of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. There will also be a junior handler class for entered hounds, and a "farm dog" class for visitors.
Other activities include kids' games, a petting zoo, a puppy name auction, hound, horn and horse demonstrations by staff members, a horn blowing contest and more.
There will be a barbeque dinner and a burger grill.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids under 12.
Call (540) 364-4573 for more information or see the Old Dominion Hounds Facebook page.

Mosby Heritage Association to Host Photographer Douglas Lees

Mosby Heritage Area logoMIDDLEBURG, Virginia, February 6, 2014 – The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, will host local photographer Douglas Lees on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 4:00pm. The meet-the-photographer event will take place at Blue Ridge Farm, at 1858 Blue Ridge Farm Road, Upperville, Virginia 20184.

Join two-time Eclipse award-winning equine photographer, Douglas Lees, as he showcases some of his best-known photos and recounts the fascinating experiences of photographing foxhunts, steeplechases, fly fishing, and beautiful scenes in nature. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to Douglas following his presentation and to purchase prints of his works that he has personally chosen for this event. His award-winning photos will also be on display.

John Emms Exhibition: The Sporting Life

John Emms 1The William Secord Gallery is pleased to present “John Emms; Paintings of the Sporting Life,” the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of this artist’s work. Timed to coincide with the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, this exhibition opens on February 8th, and includes over 50 paintings dating from the 1860's through the 1890's when Emms was renowned for his paintings of Foxhounds, terriers, spaniels and other sporting breeds.  Also included are examples of his purebred dog portraits, commissioned by wealthy dog fanciers to immortalize their famous champions of the show bench.

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Please join the Friends of British Sporting Art and keep in touch with art exhibitions, museum collections and special events related to British Sporting Art, including paintings depicting purebred dogs and hounds.

An affiliate of the British Sporting Art Trust, UK, the Friends of British Sporting Art in America sponsors lectures, field trips and viewings of exhibitions of interest to the members. Field trips have included visits to private collections, galleries and museums, and a highlight of the coming season is a trip to Newmarket for the re-opening of The National Horse Racing Museum in the renovated  palace of Charles II.

As a member, you receive the British Sporting Art Trust's newsletter and their pamphlet monographs on individual artists, as well as invitations to their special events.

New Vocations Forms Partnership With Student Riding Program Gallop On

Gallop-On-300x289Founded in 2011, Gallop On has seen both students and retired racehorses excel through the program’s efforts. The young riders are trained in all aspects of equine management, horsemanship, and a variety of riding disciplines as well as given the opportunity to compete in equestrian events. The retired Thoroughbreds have received quality training and have competed successfully in eventing, dressage, hunter/jumpers, and foxhunting

“As a Master of Foxhounds and Huntsman of twenty-five years, I have purchased many Thoroughbreds off the track to train as field hunters” explained Heidi Van de Motter, director of the Gallop On program. “Several years ago with my hunter getting up in years I went to New Vocations to adopt his successor. With hunt members dwindling due to age and young horse enthusiasts at my doorstep, I saw the need for a program. Seven adopted New Vocations horses later, Gallop On was launched with amazingly talented horses serving dedicated and talented young riders. We are forever thankful for the support of the New Vocations team.”

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