Edited Press Release
Thomas EarlOrganized by the Morris Museum, The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions (September 12, 2014-December 14, 2014) celebrates dogs in art from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on British and American artists. William Secord, a recognized expert on dog painting, has served as an advisor for the show.
Exploring how dogs embody a broad spectrum of emotions, this exhibition will examine works of art in which the dog takes center stage: demonstrating the performance of hounds and sporting dogs working in the field; showcasing specific characteristics of a breed as depicted in pure-bred portraits; and highlighting pet portraits that portray the dog in its domestic environment.
Barbara SmithBarbara Smith, whipper-in with the Marlborough Hunt in Maryland, finished in the top 10 of the Mongol Derby, placing ninth in a field that started with 41 riders and ended with 37. Not only was she one of only three U.S. riders to finish in the top 10, she was also the oldest rider in the race—starting at the age of 60 and finishing at the age of 61. (Her birthday was the final day of the race, August 16…quite a birthday present!)
We caught up with Barbara shortly after her return to the States to ask her a few questions.
What was the hardest part of the race?
It is incredibly physically demanding. It’s now a week later and my body is just starting to feel normal again. It was really hard, really tough. On the ride itself, the scariest thing were the wild Mongolian dogs. The herders use them as guard dogs and they’re incredibly fierce. They come after you snarling and biting. I had one wild dog literally swinging from the tail of my horse. Luckily, one of the support vehicles just happened to be driving up behind us at that point and the driver swung the car at the dog to get it off my horse. My biggest fear was falling and being bitten by the dogs.