A spectacular point-to-point at Ben Venue

Murphy partnered Gordonsdale Farm's Canyon Road to win the three-mile open timber, an impressive wire-to-wire score over the Ben Venue oval, and an athletic jumping display, in the fastest time of the day at the distance.
‘One amazing Saturday’ at Ben Venue

Setting a record most believe will never be broken, circuit newcomer Tom Bennett won six races at the Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point April 5, making a near-perfect run at the Rappahannock County venue.
Steve Green’s back in the winners’ circle

A fixture in his sport, Steve Green has spent exactly four decades kicking around Virginia’s steeplechase game. He rode his first race as a junior in the spring of 1972, and since has attended the races sometimes as owner-trainer, usually…
A competitive crowd heads for Ben Venue

The promise of perfect spring weather conditions, thick turf and the lure of the open, rolling Ben Venue Farm racecourse have attracted an overflowing entry box for Saturday's Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point.
Sand Box rules at Old Dominion

After a gutty score at Saturday's Old Dominion Hounds steeplechase at Ben Venue Farm, 2011 looks like a breakout year for Kinross Farm’s Sand Box Rules -- though things didn’t start out that way.
Big Apple? Been there, bitten into that.

Call it a country mouse visiting the big city. But she brought a piece of it home to Rappahannock. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, bred and owned by Scott and Ceil Dove of Flint Hill, is the first Scottish Deerhound to win…
Local hound makes good

A Flint Hill-based Scottish Deerhound clinched the top prize Tuesday night at the second-longest-running sports event in the U.S. — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, bred and owned by Scott and Ceil…
Hunt clubs consider merger

Two of Virginia’s oldest foxhunt clubs, the Old Dominion Hounds and the Rappahannock Hunt, are considering a merger, according to hunt officials. Through an agreement between ODH joint-masters Gus Forbush and Margret “Douglas” Wise and RH joint-masters Gus Edwards and…
Thornton Hill: ‘Cut’ to the ’chase

David Semmes squinted as the horses raced around the final bend at Thornton Hill Farm Saturday. His fists clenched and unclenched as he silently willed his horse to take the lead. As Semmes looked up the long homestretch, it was…

Schooling event Sept. 19 The Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club will host a dressage show and combined test Sept. 19 at Windsor Lodge in Flint Hill. Any dressage test can be ridden, and the combined test divisions range from first…
Bubble Economy takes Gold Cup

With more divergent storylines than a Shakespearean drama, the 2010 Virginia Gold Cup turned out one part Dick Francis mystery, one part “My Friend Flicka,” with a side order of The Keystone Cops.
Flint Hill triple play hopes Whacked

esides capturing the featured Gold Cup race, rider Paddy Young also scored Saturday with steeplethon winner The Whacker. Young, riding for owner Robert Kinsley and champion trainer Tom Voss, said the second-season jumper was “a bit surprised” with the variety…

Steeplechase riders are a notably tough lot. They “play through the pain” regularly, ignoring bumps and bruises that would send most pro athletes limping to the sidelines. While there is an attending physician at each meet, the jockey colony has…

Gregg Ryan said the thought came to him Saturday morning that it was time to retire. America’s all-time leading amateur steeplechase jockey, Ryan, 50, was feeling fit and healthy as he kissed his wife and toddler son goodbye, then pulled…