Horse/Equine News

Ben Venue dubbed ‘pre-Gold Cup Gold Cup’

The Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races are rounding the bend, set for Saturday, April 6, at Ben Venue Farm. Considered by steeplechase horsemen the “pre-Gold Cup Gold Cup,” the Ben Venue races are a major bookend of the region’s social calendar, knitting sport on the racecourse with sport at railside. […]

Horse/Equine News

Rappahannock now home to one of nation’s largest herds of rare Cherokee, Choctaw horses

“So you had a couple hundred years of breeding and then during the removal [the Indian Removal Act of 1830] the horses walked the Trail of Tears with the people,” says McConnell, who is part Choctaw. “If you couldn’t walk from Georgia to Oklahoma, and carry the old and sick and young and family goods, you’re not part of this breeding pool.” […]


The Rapp for March 23

The News hosts its monthly Fourth Estate Friday discussion at Sperryville Trading Cafe & Market Friday morning, Kid Pan Alley is featured in Julie Andrew’s new Netflix series and more in this week’s The Rapp. […]

Horse/Equine News

Sperryville column for Nov. 3

Thornton River Grille/Corner Store complex new owner welcomes you, with his faithful canine at his side; Crystal Crown Series at Greenwood was blessed with sunny skies, faces and show places. […]

By Valerie Amster
Horse/Equine News

Equestrian team spirit

The Belle Meade Equestrian Team placed fifth in the junior division at the recent Bull Run Hunt Fall Hunter Pace held in Orange, including Alex Forte, Sofie Garcia, Alyssa Amster and Jharna East. […]

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Meet, pray, love

At the 2015 Rappahannock Hunt Blessing of the Hounds/Opening Meet last Saturday at Red Hill, the start of the Rappahannock Hunt’s 89th year, the Hunt — with a presentation by Oliver Brown, MFH (right) — showed its appreciation with an honorary lifetime membership for the Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III (left), for his “41 years of service as Chief Spiritual Advisor and Blessor of the Hounds.” […]


Sperryville column for Aug. 6

An anniversary to remember at Sperryville United Methodist Church, Sperryville’s new brew crew, Burke’s new fire truck and a sad departure from the River District in this week’s Sperryville column. […]


Sperryville column for May 21 

Flourish Root blooms in the River District Art flourishes in Sperryville — including art that is floral in nature. Thus Flourish Root, the outgrowth of Coterie co-owner Jen Perrot’s garden and landscape company, has now […]

From the Rappahannock News

The pasture and the present  

Lesley Arnold carries on with her lifelong love of horses, and hard work, at her Huntly Stage farm: here’s a thousand words, and pictures worth ten times as much, by photojournalist Andrew Councill. […]