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The Rapp for April 16

Steeplechase races at Thornton Hill in Sperryville, Burgers N Things is back, Audrey Andrist's piano recital at the Theatre, a Reagan dinner, solar info session and Indian classical dance in this week's The Rapp.
Crowded field

For Saturday’s Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races at Ben Venue Farm’s rolling race course, a finally spring-like weather forecast attracted an overflowing entry box for the day’s nine races which were run under sunny skies but with chillier-than-expected winds.
Heading home

On March 29, Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds’ final meet of the 2014-15 season doubled as the swan song for Billy Dodson, who retired as huntsman.
Point-to-point season: Sure cure for cabin fever

Cold and snow postponed the start of the point-to-point season, with Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds rescheduled to April 19 and Blue Ridge Hunt, second on the calendar, now running March 22. A preview of the racing season that Warrenton…
The Rapp for Feb. 19

Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds move their race to warmer times in April, 10 more Forbes Travel Guide stars for The Inn at Little Washington, a musical art competition for Rappahannock visual artists, ragtime at the Theatre and more in…
Sperryville column for Feb. 5

Ride to remember Several years ago, we wrote about Sperryville’s Maeghan Boucher, a gifted barrel racer, horse trainer and all-around equestrian who has been on horseback since she was just three months old. Her mom, our own Sally Petty of…
Sperryville column for Jan. 29

Horses, real and stick, thunder into Sperryville Feb. 28 The annual point-to-point steeplechase season kicks off Feb. 28 with Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds’ annual races at the Thornton Hill Racecourse in Sperryville. Virginia hunt country offers an unparalleled and…
The Rapp for Oct. 23

Fourth Friday moves to the fifth Friday this month, festivities and people in masks head for Stone Hill’s annual spectacle and folks on horseback for Flint Hill’s annual trail ride this weekend, plus worthwhile art exhibits, Molasses Creek at the…
Sperryville column for Aug. 21

Meghan Kavanah of Sperryville, and Ronda Gregorio of Huntly, are now the proud owners of two mustangs — Viggo and Landay — in this week’s Sperryville column.
Sperryville column for July 31 

Butter Rum, affectionately known as Butters, came into the Sharp family when he was two years old. Katie Sharp was all of four. Now 13, Katie just won the Novice Girls Tetrathlon at the USPC Championship Festival in Kentucky.