Always saddle your own horse, Connie Reeves lived to be 101 years young

Constance Douglas was born on Sept. 26, 1901, in Eagle Pass, Tex., on the Mexican border. She swam in the Rio Grande and rode horses with the cowboys. Her grandfather gave her her first horse when she was 5. The family moved to San Antonio when she was 16.

Her father was a lawyer, and her mother was so genteel that she refused to go to the grocer’s without gloves and a hat.


 At 101 years old, Connie was still riding her horse everyday.  She was a huge inspiration to many people. Her health was great and her mind was sharp.

She was one of the first women to study law at the University of Texas, and she started one of the state’s first girls’ drill teams, a movement that grew into a Texas passion.  She had to withdraw from school and get a job to help her family during the depression.

In 1998, Mrs. Reeves won the Chester A. Reynolds Award for major contributions to the Western way of life from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, one of two women to do so.

She was also the oldest member of the National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame.  She was elected to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1997, and rode in the parade to honor the Hall when it moved to new headquarters in Fort Worth in 2002. She was over 100 years old at the time.

She taught at two San Antonio high schools. At one, Thomas Jefferson High, she founded a drill team called the Lassos, which is still in existence.

She also started a riding stable to teach city boys and girls how to ride and care for horses. Although the stables were successful, she accepted a position as riding instructor at Camp Waldemar in 1936 for $50 a summer. She eventually taught Western and English riding styles to the granddaughters of her original students.

She came to the conclusion that horses respond best to women.

”The harsh voices and rough bark of boys and men seem to frighten horses,” she wrote several weeks before her death in a script for a video about riding. ”The same horse that refused to take the bit in its mouth will accept it from the more gentle hands of a girl.”

At the camp she met Jack Reeves, a former rodeo star, trick rider and keeper of the camp’s horses. They married in 1942; he died in 1985. They had no children, and she left no immediate survivors.




What was her secret?






“Well Honey, you just don’t let that rocking chair take over…you get up and go even if you don’t want to.”

The American Cowgirl Project





Camp Waldemar is still alive and thriving.  Teaching 100’s a girls a year during the summer all sorts of fun activities including polocrosse!  Camp Waldemar is a gorgeous magical place.  I have been there several times in the off season to play polocrosse there.  There is an annual polocrosse tournament that is played there in the spring. They just celebrated their 20th year playing! Click here to learn more about polocrosse and The World Cup 2015. 

On Left, Liz Pohl in hot pursuit of the ball- Connie Reeves was a mentor to her while she was a camper. Liz is still a huge part of the camp along with her family.  On Right, Me, Jessie Reed!

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I can’t imagine it buzzing with teenage girls there in the summer!



Ora Johnson established Waldemar in 1926. Her vision was to build the finest girls’ camp in the nation. Aunt Ora’s niece, Doris Johnson, carried on that dream during her 47 years as the camp director. These two remarkable women created Camp Waldemar that is today one of America’s finest girls’ camps.Their dream was continued and enhanced by Marsha English Elmore who directed the camp from 1979 to 1998. Her daughter, Meg Elmore Clark, took over as director in the summer of 1999 through summer 2008. In Fall of 2008 Meg and her family moved on to pursue additional camping endeavors and her mother Marsha gladly assumed the responsibilities of director again in the summer of 2009. Marsha and her family strive to continue the traditions set forth by Waldemar’s founder Ora Johnson in 1926. 

Waldemar’s program that builds character, refinement, and self-esteem in young women, along with the exceptional beauty of the camp location sets this camp apart. Today, the styles may have changed, but the Elmore family continues to run Waldemar by preserving the camp legacy.

“I believe in the girls of today. In this age of transition they have already accomplished much, but with greater possibilities opening every day for physical, mental, and moral growth, there is almost no limit to their achievements. Camp Waldemar was founded to create opportunities for developing the best in every girl. Encouraged by the unusual success of the past seasons, it has become my ambition with the aid of my counselors and girls to build in Texas one of the best camps in the United States.”
– Ora Johnson, 1926


If you would like to read more about Connie’s life, she wrote a book:  Click on the book to order!





DIY April- The Derby Hat, Fasinator…5 Looks in one project!

It’s steeplechase and racing season!  The Kentucky Derby is this weekend!  Regardless if you are going to the Kentucky Derby or just a local race, having a beautiful hat to wear is a must!  


Gather a couple of supplies and make your own!  Being creative, this DIY project is not only a beautiful derby hat, but it can turn into a fun fastinator or hair band for other occasions!

Introducing the Ultimate Derby Hat – DIY APRIL…

5 Different Looks in one fun DIY project!



I had a pretty beach hat that I enjoy wearing, but I wanted to be able to spruce it up and make it into a fancy hat to wear to the races!  I still enjoy my beach hat so here’s my creation to have it all!

I love color, so I found a great color combo that will go with any outfit.  A pretty cornflower blue hat, a peach peony silk flower with some lime green hydrangea.  A pretty white on white ribbon, some netting to create a veil and some iridescent peacock feathers.

I think your basic essentials for any hat is feathers, ribbon, good color combos, and a splash of color- whether it’s flowers, the ribbon, or something else. I also had collected a couple of fun left over horsey items that potentially could go in this hat…Those I wanted to play around with first before making a decision.


Step 1- Gather your supplies


Start with a hat that you like…


Then start to think what you want your hat to look like, colors, details, etc….

I had some peacock feathers in the house that I knew I wanted to use.  I went to the craft store and found a pretty peony flower and then picked up some complimenting colored hydrangea.  Because of all this color, I wanted a classic ribbon. I also had at home a cloth flower hair elastic that I thought might be useful for an idea.

I also pulled out some thread to secure things down and I picked up a hair clip for another idea I had for this hat!


The glue gun was a key tool in this project!



Step 2- Start with making a hair band for around the hat, to clip the fascinator on, and to wear alone!


Measure around the base of the hat, leave a little extra but not too much.


Next you are going to encorporate a flower hairband with the ribbon.  The elastic band will help with any adjusting and add a give to the piece.  This band that fits around your hat will also double up as a hairband that fits around your head if you want another look!

Start with double checking:  place the ribbon around the hat and add the elastic in. Tuck the ends around the elastic band to make sure how much to fold over before you glue it down.

Then the ends down around the elastic band- Like the picture above!

Then glue down the ends. Make sure don’t glue the elastic band to the ribbon- you just want to wrap the ribbon around the elastic band.

Here you go!  You have a headband to wear alone, a pretty plain hat, and a fancy base for your Derby Hat!



Recap so far….



Look #1- Is just wearing your plain blue beach hat…

Look #2- Is wearing a pretty headband with flower…

Look #3- Is a pretty blue hat with a band and flower on it…




Step 3- Onto making a fascinator that will clip onto the hat or you can wear separately.


Wondering what is a fascinator???? You probably do know what it is, just not what’s it’s called!

Wikipedia’s definition:fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawland made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers. In the modern usage, it refers to a woman’s alternative to hat for formal attire; it is usually a large hair decoration on a band or clip with elaborate trimmings and decoration like a formal hat and it can incorporate a base to make it a miniature hat.

Start with your centerpiece part of the hat and arrange around it.   I choose a pretty peach peony and some contrasting hydrangea.

Play with it and how you want it to look.


Then you are going to start gluing it together and attach the clip as well.  **** Your clip will be clipping vertically to the headband- so make sure before you start gluing that all the flowers and arrangements are placed correctly so when this fascinator is clipped to your hat it looks right!

I used a combo of thread and glue to secure the flower pieces. 

Time to add feathers!  Again- hold the piece up and play with it. Invision it clipped to the hat and make sure the feathers are placed where you want them to be before you glue it!

Then add some netting as a veil on the fascinator.  Again hold the piece up to the hat and at this step also hold it up to your head and make sure the veil is where it needs to go.

Then glue the netting down to the back of the clip and flowers.



Look #4- A Fascinator to be worn clipped to you hair for special occasions, weddings, horsey events, or a look for the evening after a race. This also gets clipped to your hat to finish the entire look!


Last but not least- Put all of it together for the final look!


Now you can clip the fascinator to the headband which is placed on the hat!


You’re almost done!



Now you just have to get dressed up, make sure to add some fun horsey accessories, follow Brandy Greenwell’s dressing advice for races, and go to a great horsey race event!


When I get to a race, Pictures will be posted!



Walk The Badminton Cross Country Course Today!


oday you get to walk to course of one of the most famous events in the World!  Come walk the cross country course for this year’s Badminton 3-Day!



The 2013 Cross Country Course

2012 was undoubtedly the highlight for a whole generation of people involved in Eventing, with the Olympics at home in London for the first time in the 64 years since Badminton was founded in the aftermath of the 1948 Games. London – and Greenwich – was a huge success on virtually every front – a fantastic spectacle, public participation and enjoyment, brilliant organization, volunteer enthusiasm and medals won.

In 2013 we revert to normal, but basking in the glow of the Olympics, with heightened interest in both elite sport and participation in sport, which includes supporting and watching. For Badminton a post Olympic year often brings the highest class field of horses and riders of all, with no thought of ‘saving’ horses for the autumn, and riders from every nation can focus on this event & the fabulous Mitsubishi Motors Trophy as their major target for the year. This year we of course have the added excitement of a realistic attempt to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing by winning here and the points gained in the HSBC FEI Classics Series will hugely influence the outcome of that competition.




Dressage in Eventing….

As you get into Eventing, the style influences come from different sources.  You can strongly see Foxhunting, Steeplechasing, and Dressage influences within the style of eventing.


Influences from Foxhunting:  Many eventers wear a hunt coat for the Dressage phase and Show Jumping.  They will commonly wear the same jacket for both phases and it resembles or is an actual Foxhunt wool coat.  Nowadays, the materials of choice for your jacket are extensive and sophisticated.  Like Foxhunting, there is a traditional look for the Dressage and Show Jumping phase.  Much of this style’s influence is from England.

As for the horses, the horses are also turned out in a very similar look.  You will traditionally braid for Dressage, especially at an recognized event or championship competition.  The braid count is much less than a horse that would be braided for the Hunter Ring.   Most horses will average 12-24 braids.  They are cleanly clipped.  The horses’ tails are usually clipped or pulled on the top sides near the start of the tail and the bottom is ” banged” or cut straight at the bottom.  Some riders or grooms will put brush markings on the horses backs and hind legs to enhance the look of the horse as well as for tradition.  Traditional markings that you may see are a checker pattern on the rump of the horse or a zig-zag/ shark’s tooth down the hind quarters.


Photo Credit: Nico Morgan


Here is a horse turned out for foxhunting.  Less Braids to serve as function verses fashion.  Hunt coat with brass buttons, mid waist seam, buff breeches, black velvet hunt cap, gloves, etc…

Photo Credit: Equus Pix

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A typical Dressage outfit for eventing:   Navy or Black Coat, Black or brown gloves, hair neat, white shirt with a stocktie, buff colored breeches, black or brown tall boots.

Dressage Styles in Eventing
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At a 3-Day event which is an Internationally Recognized Event, most eventers will opt to wear a tailed dressage coat, called a Shadbelly, and a helmet or top hat.  You will tend to see also the most traditional formal colors being worn, which is White or canary breeches, a Black Shadbelly (sometimes Midnight Blue), white gloves, and tall dress boots.



3-Day Dressage Attire
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The Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing…Could William Fox-Pitt be next?

The biggest 4-stars in the World are Rolex 3-Day in Lexington, KY, USA & Badminton 3-day in the UK. They will be held in late April/early May – one weekend apart.   Other big events is The Landrover Burghley Horse Trials held in the fall.  These three top events are part of The Grand Slam of Eventing.


The Grand Slam of Eventing, sponsored by Rolex, consists of three of the top CCI**** eventing competitions in the world. To win the Grand Slam, a rider must consecutively win all three events, although they are permitted to ride different horses in each competition. This is especially important, since the Badminton Horse Trials is only one week after Kentucky, and the horse would not have sufficient time to recover between the two competitions, especially since he/she would have to be flown overseas in that time.

The three events that make up the Grand Slam are:

Winners receive an extra $350,000, in addition to their winnings from each event.

Past winners

The Grand Slam of Eventing began in 1999, and has since only been won by one rider.

Pippa Funnell:

This feat will never again be emulated, since the sport heralded a new era in 2005 with the introduction of ‘short format,’ eliminating the Roads and Tracks and Steeplechase phases of the Cross-Country day.



This year is extra interesting.


William Fox-Pitt, top eventer for the UK, won 2011 Burghley & 2012 Rolex, but then Badminton was cancelled due to heavy rains.  This has given the event rider an extra year to prepare, which may or may not be a good thing.   He so far has 5 horses entered in Rolex the week before and Badminton’s list has yet to be posted!

 Andrew Nicholson won Burghley in 2012.  He also could be a contender for the Grand Slam, if he wins Rolex and Badminton this year.
And last but not least, there is also a thrid potential eventer for The Grand Slam, if someone wins Rolex, Badminton and Burghley this year!  

Who will it be?  We will know if William Fox-Pitt is the Grand Slam Winner in a month!



The Three Day…The ulitimate challenge for an event rider

A Three Day, usually is referred to an international competition.  The levels of international events are identified by the number of stars next to the category; there are four levels in total. A CCI* is for horses that are just being introduced to international competition. A CCI** is geared for horses that have some experience of international competition. CCI*** is the advanced level of competition.  The CCI**** is the most challenging.  Competitors all over the world will come to compete at a 4-star, as it is usually referred to.

A three-day event (3DE), which is more commonly now run over four days, with dressage on the first two days followed by cross country the next day and then show jumping in reverse order on the final day.

Veterinary inspection, or “trot up”/”horse inspection”

Before the beginning of a three-day event, and also before the last phase, horses are inspected by a vet to ensure that they are fit to compete further. It is usually a very formal affair, with well-groomed and braided horses, and nicely dressed riders. It is also a very nerve-racking time, as the “pass” or “fail” determines whether the horse may continue with the competition. A vet can request that a horse is sent to the holding box, when it will then be re-assessed before being allowed to continue.

In lower levels of competition, the horse’s movement may be analyzed as they finish the cross-country, where they will be asked to trot briefly after crossing the finishing line to satisfy the vet of their soundness.

This has turned into a slight fashion show as well… There is usually a best turned out horse award.  We will get into what to wear and what not to wear later!

Things have changed in the last 25 years…


There used to be a weight requirement prior to 1999.  On cross country day, you had to weight in at 165lbs with your saddle or more.  For smaller riders, that was a struggle and they had to carry weight in a weight pad to compensate for the pounds.  That requirement was removed in 1999.

There was the long format which included Roads& Tracks and steeplechase on the Cross Country day.  In 2005, things changed again and roads & tracks and steeplechase were eliminated.  This seems to have changed the type of horse eventers go for and Warmblood mixes have become popular to compete.

The jumps on cross country have become quite fancy and more challenging.  Some could be called sculptures that horses jump over!

But don’t worry your typical classic eventing jumps obstacles are still there too!

Water!  Ditches! Banks! Coffins! Coops! Tables! Skinnies! Bounces! etc…


History of Eventing & Lana Dupont Wright, our eventing pioneer

Eventing began to grow popular in the late 1800’s.  Eventing competition that resembles the current three-day were first held in 1902, at the Championnat du Cheval d’Armes in France, but were not introduced into the Olympic Games until 1912.

The Olympic eventing competition was originally open only to male military officers in active duty, mounted only on military charges. In 1924, the event was open to male civilians, although non-commissioned Army officers could not participate in the Olympics until 1956. Women were first allowed to take part in 1964; equestrian sports are one of the few Olympic sports in which men and women compete against one another.

Meet Eventing Pioneer Lana Dupont Wright, she made it possible for all of us to compete against men on the same level.

“I just love to ride,” says Lana duPont Wright, as she tries to explain her multi-faceted equestrian career, from Olympic level eventing to World Championship Driving, to international endurance riding. “I just love horses, I love the country, and I love to wander around in it,” which makes sense, given that all three disciplines require traveling over vast tracts of land.(Taken from the Equiery)
Lana didn’t start out to make world history when she began riding and foxhunting as a kid.  Born July 6th, 1939, Helana Dupont was the daughter of another equestrian pioneer.

Lana’s mother was a true equestrian herself: Allaire du Pont (May 4, 1913 – January 6, 2006) was an American sportswoman and a member of the prominent French-American Du Pont family of chemical manufacturers who is most remembered as the owner of the Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame champion, Kelso.  An avid sports person, she was an Olympic Trap shooter and a champion tennis player.Always a lover of animals, Allaire du Pont operated Woodstock Farm in Chesapeake City, Maryland and raced under the nom-de-course Bohemia Stable. She hired future Hall of Fame trainer Carl Hanford to condition her horses for racing.Bohemia Stables produced a number of top horses such as multiple stakes winner Politely and Shine Again, winner of the 2001 and 2002 Grade I Ballerina Handicap. However, it was her gelding Kelso who brought her wide recognition during the 1960s when he was voted U.S. Horse of the Year honors for an unmatched five consecutive years from 1960 through 1964 and was a 1967 Racing Hall of Fame inductee. A Fox hunting participant, after Kelso was retired Allaire du Pontrode him in hunts.

Her stable racing colors were Yellow & Gray.   I wonder if she influenced the yellow color trend in eventing?


Lana DuPont Wright broke the glass ceiling for women in Eventing all over the world when she became the first woman to compete on a team at the Olympic Games and receive an Olympic medal when the team won silver in Tokyo in 1964. Until that time the prevailing belief was that the sport was simply too demanding for the gentler sex. Lana proved everyone wrong when she and Mr. Wister completed a grueling competition in the rain and mud to stand beside her male teammates on the podium on the final day.

Battling treacherously slick footing and heavy rains, she and her Maryland-bred Mr. Wister (by Occupy) triumphed over the course, despite enduring several falls. In the U.S. Equestrian Team Book of Riding, she describes her first fall and her eventual completion with brutal objectivity: “We fell hard, Wister breaking several bones in his jaw. We were badly disheveled and shaken, but Wister was nonetheless eager to continue. We fell a second time near the end of the course, tripping over another spread. When we finished, we were a collection of bruises, broken bones and mud. Anyway, we proved that a woman could get around an Olympic cross-country course, and nobody could have said that we looked feminine at the finish.” (take from the Equiery)



Lana later had the pleasure and pride of taking another horse from the same lines as Mr. Wister to the World Championships, this time in combined driving. Greystone Sir Rockwell, was a homebred Connemara-cross whose Thoroughbred dam shared bloodlines with Mr. Wister. Rocky, sired by Greystone McErrill eventually became her sentimental favorite after he helped her medal at the World Driving Championships in 1991. “He was my spare, but he was an awesome spare,” remembers Lana. “You know, you are always trying to qualify for something, and although I drove him and had competed him some locally, I had never really done anything with him. You get scared, because at that level you want to use your proven competitors. But I drove him that morning, and he and his pair felt so good, I knew I just had to use him that day in the marathon. And I honestly think he is one of the reasons why we did so well.” Now a 17 year old schoolmaster, Rocky can still be seen at Lana’s Unicorn Farm in Chesapeake City, or hacking about Fair Hill.

Meanwhile, Lana’s involvement with endurance riding (now an FEI recognized discipline) grew just as naturally and organically as her involvement with the other disciplines. Her first endurance-type of ride was in 1957, a three day 100 mile competitive trail ride in Vermont on one of her mother’s horses. She says she did her first “real” endurance event in the early ’90s aboard the Connemara stallion Thor Greystone, “We completed a 100 hours in 22 hours – and that obviously was not a good enough time to be serious. Besides Connemaras aren’t meant to do that job; they have another job.” So, Lana got an Arab and got competitive! “There is a lot of training for endurance, but it is much more relaxed; I really enjoy it. Endurance doesn’t have the same technical strain as does training for dressage. You don’t have to be so technically perfect to do well.” (taken from The Equiery)

Not only was Lana a woman of talent, steely determination and grit, she also was a visionary. She was one of the founding members of the United States Combined Training Association (now USEA) and gave so much back to the grassroots of the sport by holding the Middletown Pony Club Horse Trials at her Unicorn Farm in Delaware and continues to support the local Pony Club to this day.

Today you may catch a glimpse of Lana at her farm in Cheseapeake City, MD- Unicorn Farm.  They host regular cross country schoolings in March and an unrecognized event in April & in the Fall.

I think all of us thank you Lana for loving horses so much and challenging yourself of what you can do with a horse!  You are inspiring, even if you don’t intend to be.






Eventing, Combined Training, Horse Trials, Three-Day, etc…

There are several names for one horse sport that combines elegance and precision of Dressage, with the test of bravery and endurance of Cross Country and the soundness and sharpness of Show Jumping all in one.  Eventing is an equestrian triathlon that many riders all of the World enjoy doing.   Most riders who dive into Eventing seek a bit of an adrenaline rush and a thrill.

We call it: Eventing!

Eventing’s roots are traced back to the cavalry where they would test the mastery of several types of riding.  Competitions may run over the course of one, two or three days, depending on the entry and level of competition.  Eventing is also known as Combined Training because of the mixture of the tests for both horse and rider.  Horse Trials, is often referred to as the actual event that occurs.

The first phase is Dressage.

Second phase is Cross Country


Third is Stadium or Show Jumping

More to learn this week… Stay tuned….





A Horsey Foxhunting Holiday! Through the eyes of Middleburg Photography

There is truly nothing better than a once in a life time Horsey Holiday!  I myself try to do one each year.


I the pleasure to speak with Karen Monroe of Middleburg Photography recently.  She just got back from an amazing adventure with her fiancé and business partner Doug Gehlsen along with Middleburg Hunt members Devon Zebrovious & George Kuk .

Karen’s Dad trained horses in England and Australia before moving the family to Virginia to work with one of the well know hunter stables in Middleburg at that time.  Gallivanting around on her pony named Charlotte, Karen spent her childhood on Snake Hill Estate, now the Goodstone Inn with the rolling countryside and living every little girls dream of having a pony.

She grew up with an appreciation for art as her father was creative and usually had several art projects going at the same time. Karen took to photography at an early age; living in the middle of hunt country she soon discovered her passion and love for the horse in motion.

She met Doug after joining a photography club that he was running several years ago and they soon united their talents and started Middleburg Photography.    They combine experience with artistic style to create the classic moments that you’ll want to treasure forever.  Their photographic life revolves around country living at its best.  They have been published nationally in Sophisticated Living Magazine, and featured in local newspapers, Middleburg Life,  Horse Country and The Chronicle of the Horse.  In 2010, Doug received an Accolate of Excellence from the Wedding and Pourtain Photographers International (WPPI).

Mid Janaury they packed up their cameras and headed over the Ireland to join the Meath Hunt!  There was a very special event happening that they couldn’t miss.  Susan Oakes, an incredible side-saddle equestrianista had organized a World Record breaking Side-Saddle event- She invited 52 side-saddle foxhunting women to go out with the Meath Hunt.   She organized side-saddles from around the countryside, along with all the horses that she tested out herself and every other detail that went into this historic event.  She has been a true driving force in reviving Side-Saddle riding.

Karen said that the side-saddle women were fearless and stunning all at the same time.  The smaller horses seemed to fair better over the large ditches, they got down and scooted across whereas the larger horses has a tough time getting their hooves in the right place.

Devon on Gutless negotiating a big ditch!

Highlights of their Foxhunting Horsey Holiday:

Watching the ladies get ready was captivating. The French Ladies had beautiful hats and wore very different jewelry.  Every piece of jewelry, antique heirloom flask, and handed down habits(the clothing that side-saddle women wear) had an incredible story behind them.

The picture above is of all 52 side-saddle women along with Susan Oakes recently acquired very special Show Jumping Stallion, SIEC Atlas, who went hunting with the group.   More to be posted about Susan and her other Side-Saddle achievements.

It  was muddy to say the least. Everyone gathered and off they went!  Karen & Doug followed the exciting hunt in trucks and ATV’s. Traditional warm port was served prior to the meet.  Karen mentioned that many of the ladies brought gorgeous antique glass flasks, some with silver tops or pewter and filled with their favorite concoction.  Some liquid courage was needed for some hunt members, as the ditch questions during the hunt were BIG!

The other huge highlight for Karen was getting so close to capture incredible shots of the big ditches that everyone braved over.

Everyone survived. It was a typical hunt, a lost hound or two picked up, mud everywhere and lots of smiles!

Judging by the smile on this hounds face, I think he planned to get picked up!

What’s the next adventure?  Karen and Doug had such an incredible experience that they are planning for next year to visit The Quorn Hunt, one of the oldest hunts in the world!

After hunting season, local Point to Point Racing will be next.  You will find Karen and Doug at the Piedmont, Orange County and Middleburg Point to Point.  They also photograph the Virginia Hound Show in Leesburg, VA in May, the Upperville Horse Show, and several Polo matches and trail rides in the summer.

If you fell in love with Karen & Doug’s photographs, make sure you check out all of the photos on their website and follow them on Facebook!






Fox Hunting Influences: The Jack Russell!

From Foxhunting, there was a need for a specific dog that could go along on the hunts to be used when the fox went to ground.  Meet the popular Jack Russell Terror Terrier!

Named after the most famous of British huntsmen, Reverend John Russell, 1795-1983, otherwise known as the Sporting Parson, the Parson Russell Terrier is a worthy testament to the hunting legacy he left behind. Reverend John Russell’s passion for fox hunting and working with bloodhounds and terriers is notable and the stuff of legend.


A special breed of Terrier bred in the south of England for the sport of fox hunting during the mid 1800’s has a pure bred bloodline that nearly runs parallel with the royal masters it once served in the hunt. The Parson Russell Terrier was known for its energy and endurance as it kept stride with horse and hound while pursuing the European red fox across Devon’s wooded countryside. While the hounds could sniff out their quarry from deep within its den or drive them underground, the Parson Russell Terrier could follow after and chase the fox out of the hole so the pursuit could continue.

 Arthur Wardle 1886- Jack Russell Terriers at Rabbit Hole

The behavioral traits that are characteristic of the breed, namely: character, intelligence, attitude, and the ability to adapt to its environment make the Parson Russell Terrier perfectly suited for the sport it was bred for, foxhunting. Being of a unique build that is balanced, yet flexible, the Parson Russell Terrier has straight legs that are ideal for the run and a narrow chest that’s perfect for fitting in the most confined of spaces.

Nowadays, the Jack Rusell can be found all over the World.  They are a beloved pet and companion at almost every horsey event.  The Jack Russell just made its debut at the National Dog Show in 2012!


Words to describe the Jack Russell:

Happy, Digger, Little Big Dog, Mischief, Fearless, Independent, Sturdy, Tenacious, Companion, Scrappy



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