MIDDLEBURG, Virginia, January 8, 2014 – The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, will host on February 16th at 2:00pm, their annual event, Foxhunting in the Piedmont: History and Future of the Sport, featuring Masters of Foxhounds and enthusiasts for a casual conversation and panel discussion. The event will be held at the Hill School’s Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center at 103 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, Virginia.
The event will bring together current and former Masters of Foxhounds Dr. Will Allison, ex-MFH; Mr. Randy Rouse, MFH; Mr. Jake Carle, ex-MFH; Mr. Turney McKnight; and Mr. Tad Zimmerman, MFH to discuss their respective Hunts and any trends they are noticing in the field. The discussion will end with audience input and questions and will serve as a very informal and entertaining afternoon. This event is great for all ages and interests.
Previous panel speakers include: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Ashcom, Melvin Poe, and Albert Poe.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on MHAA’s website www.mosbyheritagearea.org or by calling 540-687-6681. Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $35 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Biographies of the Speakers:
Will Allison, ex-MFH began hunting with the Warrenton Hunt in 1964. Dr. Allison was appointed Honorary Secretary in 1980 and he served in that position until he was named Joint Master in 1985, serving with Mrs. Maximilian “Sally” Tufts. He continued as Joint Master for 15 years until his retirement in 2000. Dr. Allison, a native of Warrenton and a long time member of the Virginia Gold Cup Association, was elected its President in 1995 and continues in that position. Dr. Allison was elected chairman of the Virginia Gold Cup Association Spring and Fall Race committees in 2000 and continues in those positions as well. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Steeplechase Association and is currently President of the Virginia Steeplechase Association.
John J. (Jake) Carle II, ex-MFH served as Master of Foxhounds for the Keswick Hunt from 1964-2000. He contributed remarkable amounts of his own time and financial support, funded professional whippers-in, designed the kennels, and established a successful hound breeding program. Mr. Carle also expanded the Keswick territory in 1980 to include land formerly hunted by the Rapidan Hunt. He was the 2011 recipient of the Julian Marshall Award of the Bryn Mawr Hound Show. Mr. Carle has served as the Virginia District Director of the MFHA, a Board member and Vice President of Virginia Foxhound Club and American Foxhound Club, and was a founding member of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting of North America. He currently resides in Amissville, Virginia.
H. Turney McKnight moved to the Jarrettsville, Maryland area in 1969. In 1970, after winning four consecutive steeplechase races, he was featured in the ‘Faces in the Crowd’ section of Sports Illustrated (his daughter Anna would be featured 30 years later for winning four straight equestrian events). In My Lady’s Manor Point-to-Points, Mr. McKnight was second twice and three times third between 1973 and 1983. In addition, Mr. McKnight continues to serve as chairman of the meet and oversaw the historic move from a 69-year old venue to the newly constructed course on the grounds of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club. Mr. McKnight and his wife, Liz, who is MFH of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt, each had Maryland Hunt Cup wins on Tong, a horse bred by his mother. Mr. McKnight’s Hunt Cup win was 1982 and Mrs. McKnight’s in 1986, making them the only married couple to both have won the Cup. Mr. McKnight is a retired attorney.
Randy Rouse, MFH is among the longest serving Masters of Foxhounds, serving as MFH of the Fairfax Hunt since 1961. He enjoyed his first foxhunt after returning from Navy service during World War II. Mr. Rouse was able to work with masters of Loudoun, Middleburg, and Piedmont Hunts along the western boundary of the Fairfax Hunt country to face the challenge of disappearing open country in Fairfax. By the late 1960s, Mr. Rouse had obtained leases from Middleburg and Loudoun Hunts, and the Fairfax Hunt was meeting with increasing frequency in the Ashburn-Arcola area. Mr. Rouse also organized the first point-to-point race meet hosted by the Fairfax Hunt in 1958. In the 1970s, he, and his prized horse, Cinzano, won all 11 races they competed in as an amateur steeplechase jockey.
Arthur A. “Tad” Zimmerman, MFH became Master of Foxhounds of the Piedmont Fox Hounds in 2002 after hunting as a child with the Radnor Hunt in Pennsylvania, where he also showed hunters as a junior. He later came to Virginia to ride with James Wofford. In 1975, Mr. Zimmerman was a reserve rider for the US Three Day Event Team for Pan Am games in Mexico City and in 1976 was on the short list for the Montreal Olympics. He is the Chief of the General Services Division at the International Monetary Fund, where he has worked for 25 years. He and wife of 36 years, Cathy, have two sons, Jack and Ted, who has followed in his father’s equestrian footsteps. Mr. Zimmerman is Senior Steward for the National Steeplechase Association and is a Regional Representative for Northern Virginia and West Virginia on the board of the Masters of Foxhounds Association.
The mission of the nonprofit Mosby Heritage Area Association, formed in 1995, is to help preserve the Northern Virginia Piedmont and increase public knowledge about this historic area. MHAA provides classroom history programs for 4th and 11th grade Virginia students, sponsors lectures, programs and field trips, and brings nationally known scholars to the area for its award-winning annual Civil War Conference. For more information, visit www.mosbyheritagearea.org