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Another Trip to the Winner's Circle for Neil Morris and Sur La Tete

VaFHC Neil Morris by Liz CallarLiz Callar photoFormer steeplechase star Sur La Tete had nothing to prove at the Virginia Field Hunter Championships, held October 19, 2015 at Wind Fields Farm in Aldie, Va. The son of Sky Classic already has six Grade 1 stakes victories on his resume. Additionally, the three time Eclipse Award finalist retired as the National Steeplechase Association's fourth-leading lifetime earner. Yet, the now 16 year old former steeplechase star and his trainer, Orange County Hounds' Jt-MFH Neil Morris, succeeded in adding yet another accolade to an already sterling performance record by taking the 2015 Virginia Field Hunter Championship.

Upon the conclusion of the four phase competition (which included best turned out, an under saddle class, and mock hunt, followed by an individual jumping test for the eight finalists), judges Betty Oare and Charlie Evaskov awarded Morris and Sur La Tete with the top call.

The Coming Home Series: Edward Troye at National Sporting Library and Museum

Nov NSLM ecovThe National Sporting Library and MuseumMIDDLEBURG, VA– Two exhibitions on the life and career of nineteenth-century painter Edward Troye (1808-1874) are now on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM). Edward Troye and His Biographers: The Archives of Harry Worcester Smith and Alexander Mackay-Smith, on view in the Library through February, and Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye, on view in the Museum through March 29, 2015, are the first in the newly introduced “Coming Home Series.”

“The Coming Home Series, an exciting new program developed at the institution, pairs one of our John H. Daniels Fellows with NSLM curators to research the Library’s extensive holdings and plan exhibitions and publication projects,” said NSLM Chairman Manuel H. Johnson. “The first in this series is a focus on the nineteenth century animal artist, Edward Troye. His work in particular epitomizes the aim of the series to mine some of the most important holdings of the Library.”

William Secord Gallery Features Recumbent Foxhound by John Emms

Recumbent FoxhoundJohn EmmsOnce thought to be by an anonymous, 'European" artist, this touching portrait of a sleeping Foxhound has only recently been correctly attributed to the English artist, John Emms.   Emms signed the painting by inscribing his name into the wet oil paint, something he often did with his smaller paintings.  The signature, inscription and date,  previously obscured by layers of surface dirt and yellowing varnish, is now after cleaning, bright and clear.  

Recumbent Foxhound is painted in the artist's signature style, capturing the essence of this hound with quick, short brush strokes. Emms was himself a sportsman, riding to the hounds with various hunts in and around the New Forest in southern England, something which is reflected in his innate understanding of this hound's anatomy.

eCovertside Caption Contest to Award Prizes Sponsored by Manhattan Saddlery

Manhattan Saddlery logoeCovertside is excited to announce Manhattan Saddlery's sponsorship of the monthly Caption Contest. eCovertside readers who submit entries to the Caption Contest could win a Manhattan Saddlery saddle pad!

So, get thee to the eCovertside Caption Contest page and submit your witty and clever wordsmithing today! Winners will be notified by the eCov staff and announced in the following month's newsletter.

Hard to Beat Apple and The Lone Spy at Pennsylvania National Hunt Night

Harrisburg logoLeading lady rider Jill Wilson and her mount Apple snared the Hunt Night Championship on behalf of Virginia's Keswick Hunt on Monday Night October 13 in Harrisburg, PA. Wilson and Apple placed first in the Field Hunters 35 & Under, as well as in the Ladies' Hunter Under Saddle. Their Hunt Team capped the night with a 3rd place out of 19 teams.

The evening's Reserve Champion, Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds, owed much of its success to The Lone Spy, who finished 2nd in both the Field Hunters 36 & Over and the Ladies' Hunter Under Saddle with Cindy Buchanan, and then won the Gentlemen's Hack and placed 2nd in the Hunt Teams with Stevie Hayes in the irons.

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