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In Sperryville, they’re off!

Journal entry for the weekend of March 3-4: Wow – what a fun weekend! Just what the doctor ordered: fabulous day to celebrate the rural rites of spring, parties on the hillside and those gorgeous thoroughbreds running and jumping .…
Thornton Hill races jump-start the season

By Lauren R. GianniniSpecial to the Rappahannock News On March 3, Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds launches Virginia’s 2012 spring point-to-point season at the Thornton Hill racecourse in Sperryville. Post time for the first race is noon, when the Junior…
Photo: Your local dressage champs

Flint Hill resident Bob Clements poses with his horse, Wrocky, after the two won the Reserve Championship ribbon in Training Level at the Virginia Dressage Association’s annual championship and schooling show at Morven Park in Leesburg last month. Clements has…
Photos: The spill of the ‘chase

A spectacularly alarming fall by Molly White, atop Freddie’s Fortune in the Old Dominion ladies’ timber race Saturday, ended well for both jockey and horse on the race’s final jump.
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.
Editorial: Spring is sprung

Growing up in neighboring Fauquier County, I always knew when spring had finally sprung. The awareness lay not in the sweet scents and soft pastels of dogwoods and shad blossoms -- but in the bright colors and pungent smells of…
The Rapp for March 17

Lions' music contest winners; a new 4-H horse club; Headwaters goes ahead with after-school program plans; workshops on dealing with conflict; an artists and galleries tour application deadline.
Washington column for Nov. 11

Rappahannock folks at the Montpelier races; goings-on at Washington Fire & Rescue; holiday greens from the Garden Club; Soap Box Derby yard sale.
Letter: Thanks to you, happy trails for FHVFRC

The officers and members of the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company would like to express our grateful appreciation for all the hard work and donations that made the third annual benefit trail ride and cookout such a success.…
Photo: Autumn leaps

Gus Forbush, Old Dominion Hunt’s master of fox hounds, leads the field across the late Alfred Kummli’s Windsor Lodge Farm during Old Dominion’s opening meet Oct. 30, a joint meet with the Rappahannock Hunt.
To a well-earned rest . . .

Michael Brown, huntsman for the Rappahannock Hunt, returns with hounds and staff Sunday after a fox hunt at Thornton River Farm in Sperryville. Photo by David Reardon.  
Well, hello

Mini-horse Dancer, driven by Robert Petty of Sperryville, takes a moment to check out the significant competition — draft horse Mimi, driven by William Cooper — at Saturday’s benefit horse show at the Blue Rock Inn’s polo grounds in Washington.…
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…