Ellie Wood in "Life" Magazine

A bit of FHC History: Ellie Wood Baxter appeared Life Magazine!

Most "old timers" in Virginia, especially members of Farmington, most of Virginia's Hunt clubs and many long time members of the horse community know that Ellie Wood Keith Baxter's riding talent and success in the horse show world was and continues to be well known, but who knew she appeared in Life magazine, November 18, 1946! The war in Europe was finally over, and Life did a feature on the National Horse Show, along with the current news of world politics and matters of national interest, showing that the the world was getting back to normal, and good times were ahead. Here are a copies the photos and the article. Thanks Ellie Wood for sharing this with us! Its terrific fun to look at these great photos in the original copy of the magazine.

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p. 40-41 Life magazine, November 18, 1946: (notice the photo top left)"The elite of the horse show audience included John Foster Dulles(second row, left) who sat in the box of J. Spencer Weed (top row left)

(Transcribed directly from the copy of the Life magazine:)
"Horse Show Opens
New York society turns out to watch horses open winter season
Last week, for the first time in five years, the National Horse Show opened in New York's Madison Square garden. Traditionally the opening for New York's winter social season, the Horse Show was not quite up to its 1941 elegant sartorial standards. Almost the same number of ermine wraps and stiff white shirts filled the boxes, but a lot of the younger generation, who had not worn evening clothes during the war years, showed up in dark business suits and short dresses. The flashy, varicolored uniforms of the foreign military teams were less in evidence-international transportation troubles had cut the entries to two, Mexico and Peru.

But the horses and the riding were just as good as ever. All summer riders, owners and trainers had worked in smaller country horseshows all over the U.S. to get their horses in condition for the big National and the stiffest competition in the world."


"Ellie Wood Keith, of Charlottesville, VA., rides Harkwood Ceil over four foot post and rail jump. She rode six horses, won Dickson Trophy with one"

This archive copy of the original Life magazine is shared, Courtesy of Ellie Wood Keith Baxter and the Keith family

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Hound Dinner and Sponsorship Auction, Fall 2017

Farmington Hunt Annual Fundraiser-Hound Sponsorship Auction and Dinner

report by Ann Horner

The Club came together for a lovely dinner and Auction on Saturday November 11th in honor of our hounds! After a day of hunting and hosting Keswick Hunt for the Joint meet at Millington, the party was a great way to end the day.

 "Master Chef" Shelly Thompson prepared a feast  served by a fabulous group of juniors and enjoyed by 112 guests. The social committee--thank you Trina Player and Stephanie Buss-prepared delicious appetizers.The Hound Sponsorship was wonderfully organized by Evie Cowles and great thanks to Chris Middleton for the fabulous photos!  Thank you to all the generous sponsors whose donations helped raise a generous sum for the kennels. Successful sponsors received a lovely embroidered saddle pad with the name of their Hound. Look for the saddle pads on your hack!

The Auction was organized by Helen Hilliard--it was fabulous and very rewarding! Thank you to all the generous donors and the bidders.

 Helen Hilliard, Carter McNeely, Marty Dent and BJ Korol decorated the club, and Grenelle decorated the buffet table-- many people commented how nice it all looked.Thank you to Colleen Bassett for the lovely table topiary.

Though it was a cold evening the roaring fire and good friendship warmed the club house and the tented deck provided ample space for mingling guests.

Thank you to all.

Virginia Field Hunter Championships

Farmington Competes at the State Championships

November 5, 2017 Gordonsville, VA

63rd Annual Virginia Field Hunter Championships, hosted by Keswick Hunt Club at Tivoli Farm.

Report by Mark Thompson, photos courtesy of Cathy Summers. For more please visit: Cathy Summers Photography

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Stephanie Guerlain riding Brooklyn

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FHC President Mark Thompson riding Hobnobbin

Farmington Hunt riders Mark Thompson and Stephanie Guerlain represented the club at the state championships last weekend on a beautiful fall Sunday after a day of drenching rain. There was alot going on that day with FHC also hosting the final event in the Fun Hunter Pace series here at home in Free Union. Mark and Stephanie were among the 22 teams that competed, and Stephanie was among the final 10.
Mark Thomson reported:

""The Va Field Hunter Championship held at Tivoli Farm was a fantastic event. Despite the rain on Saturday, the course held up beautifully. My horse jumped well, but unfortunately he got very excited in the hack portion, so our overall results were not what we had hoped for. Everything was run very well and the quality of the horses and riders was top notch. Mo Baptiste from the Piedmont Hounds was Champion, and Marilyn Ware representing Deep Run Hunt was Reserve."

Stephanie remarked "The horses were incredible, and the course was wonderful. It was so fun!" Cathy Summers, who traveled to the event with daughter Elena to photograph the competition noted that the judges had a very tough time making their selections, the riders all did so well. Thanks Mark and Stephanie for representing the Club.

Fun Hunter Pace Event results

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89 riders and teams including participants from FHC and Virginia hunts visiting from afar enjoyed a great course over some of our best countryside, followed by delicious refreshments -Fun day last Sunday!
photo courtesy of Nancy Howell

Hunter Pace 2017
Final event in the annual Virginia Fall Hunter Pace Series

report by Carolyn Chapman and Nancy Howell

"The fall hunter pace took place at a new venue -Jenn Daly’s "Indian Spring Farm", Catterton Rd. Free Union VA.
89 people showed up with the hope that the rain on Saturday would not carry thru which it did not. All were treated to a great display of food thanks to Nancy Howell. Matthew had made a great course over country not hunted often. Many small and regular jumps were found. All declared it a great course . Thank you Matthew for the excellent course layout, and Thanks BJ for helping us get everyone signed in and registered. The day went off without a hitch!

Report from the food organizer, Nancy Howell:

I want to thank Liz King for the warm servings of soup and that gorgeous cake! Kay Barquin for the warm savory meatball sliders and her chicken salad sandwiches. Tracy Kilpatrick for the awesome edamame and pasta salads and those scrumptious Chocolate brittle bars! Elizabeth Uffleman for her yummy pumpkin bread and Dale Dealtrey for her tasty salads. Ann Horner for all those delicious cookies. A big thank you to Karen Bull and Locke Ogens for supplying all the drinks and ice! Also a shout out to Michelle Fultano for being there and helping me out again!!

Thank you all for coming and if ribbons are desired let me know."

1. Shelly Thompson. Reynolds Cowles
2. Brookhill Farm II
3 Joanne and Lance Le Clair
4 Rosie Campbell. Chris’s Allen

1 Sophie Ogilvie. Mimi Paixas
1 Spring Breeze Farm Team
2. Jeni Galvin. Josie Galvin. Claire Thompson
3 Bella Karr. Julian Maille. Dylan Schultheis
3 Charlotte Bassett. Liz King
4 Julie Caruccio Evalina Caruccio

1. Siska Matiuk. Liz Riley
1. Tina Malian. Kathleen Anderson. Dana Moore. Ann Marie Sutter
2 Jeff Bodine. Janie Richards. Lauren Adams
2 Rosie McMillan. Tracy Norman
3 Elizabeth Hobbs. Stephanie Ammons. Heather Tolefson
4 Carter McNeely Emma Bittle

Additional awards: report from K. Butterfield

"Each year we give the Andrea Wittjen Overall Closest to the Time Award at our fall hunter pace. Andrea was an avid and fearless fox hunter from the time of her arrival in Charlottesville until her death, and she loved competing in hunter pace events. In her memory, the team that comes closest to the time for their division is recognized by having their names added to the plaque kept in the Clubhouse. This year the award goes to Reynolds Cowles and Shelly Thompson, who were only one minute off of the time for the Hunter division. Congratulations to them!"

****News Bulletin: from Kip Holloway:Jennifer Campbell and Ann Riley tied for first place in the Hunter Division of the Fall Fun Hunter Pace series. Congratulations!!!!





March 31, 2018 at Oak Ridge
Carriange House

Fabulous food, music and fun- photos by Liz King
Benefit Auction- read all about it in "News"!





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