December/January 2014

December/January issue

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Fishing the New River, Virginia

Fishing the New River, Virginia

“There are very large smallies in this river, you just have to let your popper sit still long enough to draw a strike.”

porsche cayman

The Porsche Cayman

The Cayman is a road-hugging, curve-loving, fantasy-making machine that can go from 0 to mph in 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph.

NRA Museum

The NRA Museum

The National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, has an astounding array of firearms from all over the world, and walking through that space brings history…

Majorelle Garden of Morocco

Majorelle Garden of Morocco

Inside the walled courtyard of Majorelle Garden are desert plants, linear water features, meandering pathways and pastels of green, orange, turquoise and blue.

2014 Star Class World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy

Star Class Championship on Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda, halfway between Venice and Milan and a popular holiday location, hosts numerous world-class sailing regattas, including the 2014 International Star Class World Championship.

Bobwhite Quail, preservation and restoration

The Bobwhite’s Plight

Quail rely on habitats that provide food and safety. Native weeds, flowers and grasses, ideal for the bobwhite, are disappearing at an alarming rate.

PriestView is a paradise for both pointing and flushing dogs, with cover to rival that of the best of the Midwest pheasant states.

PriestView, a Hunting Preserve

PriestView is a paradise for both pointing and flushing dogs, with cover to rival that of the best of the Midwest pheasant states.

Introducing young riders to foxhunting

Introducing Young Riders to Hunting on Horseback

Six-year old James Gammell  is no stranger to horses and hounds.  His father, Irish-born Tony Gammell, is the professional huntsman for the Keswick Hunt Club.

The gardens at Monroe's Ashlawn Highlands

The Gardens at Monroe’s Ashlawn Highlands

Jefferson and Madison personally picked the spot on Monroe’s land for him to build his house. Monroe aptly called Highland his “cabin castle.”

Fishing in Idaho

A Fishing Adventure in Idaho

 What an adventure we had in Idaho! Fishing the evening hatch on the famous Henry’s Fork of the Snake River that snuggled up against Yellowstone…

2014 Etchells Worlds, NYYCNewport, RI

The 2014 Etchells World Championship

The 2014 Etchells World Championship was hosted by the New York Yacht Club and Sail Newport in Newport, Rhode Island, at the end of June.

seven days in Tibet

Seven Days in Tibet

Because of its altitude (7,464 feet), the Tibetan Plateau is arid, with fairly cool temperatures, from mid-50s and low 70s, to low 40s at night.

Dancing with Elvis at the Heineken Regatta

Dancing with Elvis at the Heineken Regatta

Gunboat 62, Elvis, is used as the mother ship for American Melges 32 regattas as well as an entertainment platform for the owner and guests.

Cape Charles, Esatern Shore, Virginia

Cape Charles, Esatern Shore, Virginia

A deep-rooted outdoor spirit still shines in Cape Charles, a quintessential Chesapeake harbor town any time of the year. Victorian history looms large here…

Fishing at Meadow Lane Lodge

Fishing at Meadow Lane Lodge, Hot Springs, Virginia

Meadow Lane Lodge and Cottages, a 1,400-acre retreat on the upper Jackson River near Hot Springs, Virginia. .. is managed by Natural Retreats..

The Shetland Pony Races at WIHS

The Shetland Pony Races at WIHS

The crowd erupted as the first-place finisher galloped his mount across the finish line on Barn Night at Washington International Horse Show  in Washington, D.C.

Moonrise Jewelry by Meredith Restein

Moonrise Jewelry

A seventh-generation Eastern Shore resident, Restein’s inspiration arrived in the form of leather  — actual cured  fish skins which had been discarded by Canadian canning…

Rasawek Hunting Preserve

Rasawek Hunting Preserve, Virginia

At Rasawek in Virginia, our dog locked up on a covey. Our guide walked in and flushed the covey. Birds scattered in all directions.

Deep Water Cay, GBI

Deep Water Cay, GBI

Bonefishing in the 250 square miles of near-pristine saltwater mangrove flats at Deep Water Cay in the eastern part of Grand Bahama Island …

Camden, South Carolina history horses

Camden, South Carolina

The city of Camden, South Carolina is rich in history, arts, culture and antiques and gracious hospitality with a robust equine industry and tradition.

Quail at Webb Farm NC

Quail at Webb Farm

“Find us some birds, Tigah!” roars my guide at The Webb Farm, a 1,200-acre tract near Rockingham, NC, one of the finest quail-hunting venues..

The Bassett Garden at President Madison's Montpelier

The Bassett Garden at President Madison’s Montpelier

.. a stone gentleman with a very large head thought to be Fukurokuju, one of the lucky gods in Japanese mythology, the god of wisdom..

Centrals Regatta at Sodus Bay

Centrals Regatta at Sodus Bay

..boats sailing back and forth vying for the best position at the starting line at the Sodus Bay Yacht Club during  the Centrals Regatta.

argentine polo championship

Argentine Polo Championship

…field known as The Cathedral, the 120th Argentine Open Polo Championship game featured the best of both players and ponies that Argentina had to offer.

Mongol Derby World's longest horse race Mongolia Lynne Gilbert

The Mongol Derby

Mongol Derby, certified by The Guinness Book of World Records as the longest horse race in the world: 650 miles with 25 checkpoints

A field-bred English Springer Spaniel is one of the most exciting flushing dogs you could ever hunt behind. Its brisk quartering, animated bustle …

English Springer Spaniel

A field-bred English Springer Spaniel is one of the most exciting flushing dogs you could ever hunt behind. Its brisk quartering, animated bustle …

in the center of the Mediterranean, 50 miles south of Sicily with seas of extreme clarity.

Malta

Malta is one of the world’s smallest nations situated in the center of the Mediterranean, 50 miles south of Sicily with seas of extreme clarity.

cocktail boats  Urbanna Cup Regatta

Cocktail Boats

Cocktail boat (hydroplane) racing are based on an eight-foot-long outboard plywood hydroplane that was designed in 1939 by Charles MacGregor originally published in Rudder magazine.

Breathing Life into the Chesapeake - documentary on Oystering by Dave Miller

Breathing Life into the Chesapeake

Breathing Life into the Chesapeake: Of Oysters, Boats and Men, David Miller’s new documentary, is an uplifting story with the resurgence of oysters ….

the sport of fencing Olympic fencing Charlottesville fencing alliance

Fencing

Olympic fencing or competitive fencing is divided into three weapon categories: foil, saber and épée. Fencers wear wire masks, form-fitting protective jackets, white knee-length ….

Georgetown South Carolina

Georgetown, South Carolina

… historical city located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston.   …  the third-oldest city and the second-largest seaport in South Carolina and offers a relaxed lifestyle.

New York Yacht Club invitational Cup Newport Rhode Island

The NYYC Invitational Cup

The NYYC Invitational embodies the spirit of yacht racing, as well as intense competition and attracts the world’s most famous yacht clubs every two years.

Artist John Emms (1843-1912) dog and animal painter England

Artist John Emms (1843-1912)

.. one of the finest dog and animal painters of England, his paintings are synonymous with the sporting life, conjuring up romantic  images of pastoral…

Martin Boyd Horses at The Fork

Horses at The Fork

..a CIC Federation Equestre International-recognized Three-Star  event. … scoping out potential team members for the U.S. at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy …

The Hampton Court Palace Garden, Part II

The Hampton Court Palace Garden, Part II

Charles II’s most notable addition was the creation of the radiating avenues, patte d’oie, and central canal, the Long Water, dramatically lined by linden trees.

Fishing Back Bay Virginia

Back to Back Bay

..paddling to the flooded cypress trees that hold the highest concentration of bass… we could have been in the Everglades or a bayou in Louisiana.