Winter 2016

Winter issue

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The Theodora A. Randolph North American Field Hunter Championship, Middleburg, Virginia.

North American Field Hunter Championship, Middleburg, Virginia

Some 55 riders representing more than 22 hunts from 11 states converged during the Randolph event, celebrating  the traditions of conservation, camaraderie and sportsmanship.

Horseback Field Trialing at Greenfields Farm

Horseback Field Trialing

At Virginia Classics bird dog field trial, I focus to see if the dog so much as blinks when a covey bursts into the air.

Dubarry of Ireland

Dubarry of Ireland

Dubarry of Ireland is known for its sailing and country footwear and clothing for both women and men, it is headquartered in County Galway, Ireland.

Cutting Edge 52 Super Series on Sorcha

Cutting Edge 52 Super Series on Sorcha

Peter Harrison is the owner-driver of Sorcha, and CEO of Richard Mille Europe and Middle East- the watch brand that priced above $1 million.

Harrison Hardy

Farm-Pond Fishing

Farm ponds are one of North America’s most valuable aquatic resources.  One of the functions  is hours of fishing opportunities for people of all ages.

Rosa Brooks Beason and Lee Brooks of Cumberland Gap

Untrained Artists

Rosa Beason had worked with an artist but her brother had no formal training. Both were painting scenes of farm life in southwestern Virginia.

Eared Doves of Cordoba, Argentina

Eared Doves of Cordoba, Argentina

In the roost area, millions of birds were awaiting the dawn. As the morning broke, streams of doves thundered overhead, coursing the steel-gray sky.

The Fox Hound Performance Trial

The Fox Hound Performance Trial

At the 10th anniversary of the Carolina Foxhound Performance Trial this year, 13 hunts participated, making it the largest foxhound field trial in the world. 

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville

Situated in an elegant part of Nashville, in subtly rolling hills, Cheekwood embodies an emotive and aesthetic magnitude found in few New World gardens.

Twilight Polo

Twilight Polo

…. a chilled bottle of wine, a picnic basket full of goodies, muffled hoof beats and the “thwock” of a polo mallet striking the ball.

Fishing Cuban Waters

Fishing Cuban Waters

With recent policy changes that allow Americans to travel to Cuba with fewer restrictions, fishermen are scrambling to secure prime weeks for Cuban fisheries.

Spectacular Ocean Racing

Spectacular Ocean Racing

From  the Canary Islands to Grenada, West Indies, in the 3,000-nautical-mile RORC Transatlantic Race is a test of seamanship and endeavor.

Belvoir Castle is an up-market B&B”… gracious gardens and grounds, grand weddings and celebrations, and contests and country pursuits.

Belvoir Castle: The Duchess is on Duty

“Belvoir Castle,” the Duchess says somewhat whimsically, ”is an up-market B&B”… gracious gardens and grounds, grand weddings and celebrations, and contests and country pursuits.

National Sailing Hall of Fame Honors Steve Colgate

National Sailing Hall of Fame Honors Steve Colgate

Colgate’s  racing took on a global reach when at age 19 he began his competitive career, participating in the first of six transatlantic races.

Brookgreen Gardens: A Lowcountry Treasure

Brookgreen Gardens: A Lowcountry Treasure

Brookgreen is one of the country’s great sculpture gardens. … Overall, more than 1,400 pieces by 350 artists are on display at Brookgreen.

Virginia Trail Riders (VTR)

Virginia Trail Riders (VTR)

The popular 30-mile competitive and pleasure ride is in early October on Columbus Day weekend and the rigorous 100- and 50-mile competition is in April.

Midging the San Juan

Midging the San Juan

As the big trout approached the tiny bugs, …. his whole body curved in response. He opened his maw and sucked in the trailing midge.

The Rise of the Vizsla

The Rise of the Vizsla

Jay Youmans, …. attests to the rise of the Vizsla in the South.  The Georgia-based breeder places Vizslas with young urban professionals, families, and plantations.

King Montgomery, Beau Beasley, the andros, Maine

Maine, a Sportsman’s Paradise

The Andro is chock full of rainbow, browns and brookies near its headwaters; as it slows near the town of Rumford, the smallies take over.

Rolex Fastnet Race

Rolex Fastnet Race

The 356 yachts taking part represented the world’s largest and most diverse fleet of offshore racing yachts. The 603-nautical-mile race starts from Cowes.

cranberry glades botanical area WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, WV

Cranberry Glades is a rich mix of northerly hardwood forests and dense stands of red spruce among shrubby cranberry and sphagnum moss glades.

Bill and Barbara Walak.grouse and woodcocks in Downeats Maine

Grouse and Woodcocks in Downeast Maine

October in Downeast Maine is time for the wild ruffed grouse and the migratory American woodcock to take the scene..  the shotgun and bird dogs

Peggy Seals deep run horse show

Deep Run Horse Show

…at least a quarter-century old …200 classes held in five days of intense competition between horses and ponies and young and old.

Richard Overmsmith dawn at Ingalls Overlook

Bath County Plein Air Festival

Some of the same attributes that lure sportsmen to this scenic region in the Allegheny Mountains also attract artists who find inspiration in nature.