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 Hunt kicks off this Saturday. […]


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 this week’s The Rapp. […]

Adult Education

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, […]

Horse/Equine News

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 […]

A character from a previous 1000 Faces performance at Stone Hill.

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 Theatre, free chamber music and another distinction for The Inn in this week’s The Rapp column. […]

Katie Sharp, astride her quarterhorse Butters, hurdles a jump on her way to a first-place finish at the USPC Championship Festival last week.
Horse/Equine News

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. […]

Thornton Hill's annual point-to-point is this Sunday (April 20).
Adult Education

The Rapp for April 17

New places open (and old ones return), Thornton Hill holds its point-to-point, Smithsonian Chamber Players return to the Theatre, Pantry Day preparations are underway, UUBridge tries to go green and more in this week’s Rapp column. […]

The moon as seen from near the summit of Old Rag Mountain.

The Rapp for Feb. 27

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday continues tomorrow at the Cafe, Hunt Harris’ Mary’s Rock and moonlit hikes resume, RAAC screens “Enough Said,” Donna LaPre teaches a needle felting class, balalaika music returns to the Theatre and more in this week’s Rapp column. […]

A typical scene — antique trucks, dressed-up dogs and your basic decorated dromedary — from the 2011 Christmas parade in Washington.

The Rapp for Dec. 5

Christmas begins this weekend in Little Washington, Brother Sun and jazz guitarists return, Larry “Bud” Meyer autographs copies of his new book, the Studio School teaches everyone to make Christmas ornaments and more in this week’s Rapp column. […]