At just ten years old, Hanley Broadus' passion for horses and foxhunting is deep-rooted within her family. Her grandmother is Valerie Nahorniak, originally from Minnesota, who first hunted with Warrenton (VA) in 1972 and was a member of Rolling Rock Hunt (PA) from 1989 to 2014. She became a member of Long Run Woodford Hounds (KY) in 1996 and is still a member today, along with her daughter and granddaughter.
Hanley heads out aboard Betty. Photo by Sophia Schindler, age 14.
Valerie's daughter, Torri Broadus, was a member of Rolling Rock from 1989 to 1994, and a member of Long Run Woodford Hounds from 2000 to present day. Torri grew up in the hunter world and played polo for Cornell University. She also worked for the United States Equestrian Federation from 2002 to 2007.
Three generations smiling in the field: Valerie Nahorniak, left, Hanley Broadus, and Terri Broadus. Photo courtesy of Long Run Woodford Hounds.
Granddaughter Hanley went on her first foxhunt at two years old. It was assumed she would get tired and want to go in after a short time, but she instead insisted on staying to “watch the hounds do their work,” and remained in the field for the entire two hours. In 2017, at age eight, she placed 4th in the 12 and Under First Flight division of the North American Field Hunter Championships. In 2018, she again qualified for the North American Field Hunter Championships and participated in the children’s race at High Hope Steeplechase in Lexington, KY.
Hanley attends to her mount, Betty, before mounting up. Photo by Sophia Schindler, age 14.
In addition to foxhunting, Hanley enjoys showing hunter ponies with her trainer Megan Stackhouse, riding team ropers with Dr. Steve Allday, and helping start young horses at Dark Horse Training Center. The daughter of Torri and Pat Broadus has aspirations to be a whipper-in and accomplished horsewoman when she grows up. She is well on her way!
These photos are of her on our paint horse “Betty.” The photographer is Sophia Schindler, who herself is only 14 years old!