December/January 2012

December/January issue

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Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken, South Carolina

It’s the people,” responds the lady from Buffalo when we ask why she moved to Aiken. We are strolling with her and a friend amongst…

The Scottish Deer Hound

The Scottish Deer Hound

Hickory won dogdom’s top prize of Best in Show in February 2011 at the 135th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. She…

CHOCTAW  HORSES

CHOCTAW HORSES

The fact that the American Native horses go back to those original Spanish horses has been confirmed by the genetic research conducted by Dr. Philip…

Boat Builders of Dare County, North Carolina

Boat Builders of Dare County, North Carolina

The Gulf Stream can rival any roller coaster.  People who make their living in these waters have two choices: fish or go hungry.  As a…

Fishing on the Kenai of Alaska

Fishing on the Kenai of Alaska

Eighteen salmon, that was our goal; that’s why we’d come to Alaska in September to fish the second run of Silvers on the Kenai River….

Marco Island, Florida

Marco Island, Florida

On Marco Island and Collier County, water-related activities tend to dominate outdoor pursuits from fishing, birdwatching, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing and power…

The Griffin Ranch at La Quinta, California

The Griffin Ranch at La Quinta, California

It was at this ranch that Griffin became interested in horse racing, starting as mostly a hobby. Griffin’s horses became very successful after he started…

The Oyster Regatta

The Oyster Regatta

In April of 2011, 27 Oyster yachts from all over the world, including yachts from Ireland, Norway, Poland, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S., converged on Grenada….

Control Burning

Control Burning

It was time to burn. As the smoke started to rise and the amber and gold flames began to move across the field, a clean,…

Fly Fishing Belize

Fly Fishing Belize

It is the fish that brought me back to Belize and to Ambergris Caye, one of the largest of the cayes in the Belize archipelago. …

Thoroughbred Celebration

Thoroughbred Celebration

All of the competing horses were former racetrack Thoroughbreds – horses who were no longer winning, horses who were not suitable for the track, horses…

RST Shells

RST Shells

If you are fortunate enough to have a vintage shotgun tucked away somewhere, the Classic Shotshell Company offers three lines of RST shotgun shells and…

Calvert County, MD

Calvert County, MD

So close to the hustle-bustle of Washington, D. C., Calvert County, mostly bounded by the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay, is a very well-kept…

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Red and Brown are two mares, one chestnut, the other bay. Once they were nameless feral fillies, running around in a field with 168 other…

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers

The command is given. A canine explosion of muscle and coarse hair hurtles through the air, and within moments the dog returns, cradling a bird…

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

Standing next to the birds of prey, I felt an intense, calm confidence emanating from each one. It’s easy to see why they are such…

The Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race has changed significantly since its creation as the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973. Originally, the race started and finished…

Honeymoon Trout on the Niagara

Honeymoon Trout on the Niagara

As we hurtled down the Niagara River, the wind’s frigid fingers probed for openings in our Mustang Survival Suits. Faster and faster we went until…

Antiqua

Antiqua

Stunning beaches and spectacular cliff-top vistas are complemented by an historic past in Antiqua. There are virtually no international hotel chains; each resort is unique….

Wachtelhund

Wachtelhund

Wachtelhunds can retrieve in the water or in the field, showing the breed’s versatility as a hunting companion. The little-known spaniel, now in the early…

The Field Hunter Championship

The Field Hunter Championship

The 2011 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship of America Finals took place October 2 at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, Virginia. Although entries were down…

Spanish Gun

Spanish Gun

In the early 1990s, after Terry Wieland let the rest of us know how good Spanish guns really were, I had Aguirre y Aranzabal build…

Bamboo Rod

Bamboo Rod

Oyster rods are sought after around the world, the center of attention at trade shows, and admired by true fly-fishing aficionados, including former President Jimmy…

Bass Boats

Bass Boats

There are many reasons that Angler’s Choice Marine in the small town of Martinsville, Virginia, has done so well over the years, although a built-in…

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is new, at least along Atlantic and Pacific Avenues, which parallel the oceanfront. Most of the cottages are gone. The boardwalk is no…

Over the Top Pheasants at Primland

Over the Top Pheasants at Primland

The Labs hear it first. Something is on the move up over the top of the ridge. They sit at rigid attention at their handlers’…

Operation Cruise

Operation Cruise

Gary Markel’s 155-foot yacht One More Toy built in 2001, has six staterooms and a crew of nine, including a chef. Markel cruises the Caribbean…

The Connemara Pony

The Connemara Pony

The first time we saw Connemaras on their native turf, or should we say native rock, was while we were driving from Doolin to Galway…

Court Tennis

Court Tennis

Abutting more than a dozen indoor tennis courts just outside the I-495 Capital Beltway, there is a court for a game mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays,…

Ocean Stripper Fishing in February

Ocean Stripper Fishing in February

At 53 feet, Backlash is longer than your average charter fishing boat, but after two hours of pitching and rolling through six- to eight-foot seas…

Floyd, Virginia

Floyd, Virginia

Across the lane from a babbling brook in Floyd County, we won’t say exactly where, sits a nondescript cinderblock building that looks, for all intents…

African Safari

African Safari

With a voice that was engaging and communicative, Mary Beth Buchanan requested a meeting to discuss her dream, a dream to see and to experience…

Tarpon in Costa Rica

Tarpon in Costa Rica

The 135-pound tarpon launched his whole body out of the water of the Rio Colorado, wildly shaking his head and shoulders, trying to throw the…

Boars in the Everglades

Boars in the Everglades

We waited behind a thin screen of brush at the edge of a sandy clearing just before first light. A rosy hue above the tree…

Annapolis Yacht Club

Annapolis Yacht Club

To think it all started with “just a little shack on a pile of oyster shells.”  Annapolis Yacht Club Membership Services Director Tracie Parkinson’s eyes…

Rolex – U.S. Three-Day Team’s Road to the Olympics

Rolex – U.S. Three-Day Team’s Road to the Olympics

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the premier four-star competition in North America and a veritable reality show especially true in this Olympic year. Horse and rider…