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Jane Simone, former Director of Development at New Bolton, died Dec. 30 (2)

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--Penelope Jane Simon, former Director of Development at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, died Dec. 30 after a long and valiant fight against cancer.

Peneelope Simone photo cropped 300x300She was an excellent horsewoman and, among other things, enjoyed riding on Jaime O'Rourke's carriage.

She was a huge supporter of Ryan Wood, an Australian 5* event competitor, and attended all the events in which he competed.

Jane was also a talented golfer, and she loved the games she played with her husband Lou and brother Alistair.

Jane was a fine horsewoman, a talented writer and a great cook!

She was an avid lover of classical music, though her tastes were eclectic, and she loved to travel, she studied and understood history and was adamant that education should be the life-blood of all.


HER VIEWS on life were informed, broad-minded and she always practiced what she preached.

She was cosmopolitan in the best way possible; irrepressibly open in her actions and interactions, and most memorably, in her well-studied opinions.

She was an acute observer of humankind, a friend to all she met and knew, and she inspired those around her to strive to do their best.

Above all she was a wonderful, much-loved wife, mother and sister.

Jane was the axis upon which we spun.

She was wise, funny, clever, talented – and she always looked on the bright side of things, even when they looked bad.

She was a hugely positive influence in so many other peoples’ lives, as well as our own.

She is, and always will be, sorely missed.

She was a valiant lady, a brave fighter and the wind under our wings. She is irreplaceable.


SHE WAS born on Dec. 29, 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the home of her father David Allan and mother Phyllis Fouracre, who came from Gloucester, England.

She was the identical twin of Aileen, younger sister of Catharine, and older sister of brother Alasdair and baby sister Phyllis.

Educated in Edinburgh, she graduated from James Gillespie’s High School for Girls, and began her working life with the Scottish Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Hugh Douglas McLeod, a navigating officer with the British Merchant Navy, in March, 1967.

Together they emigrated to South Africa in 1968, where Hugh was tragically killed in a car accident.

Jane returned to her parents’ home in Northern England where she resolutely picked up the shattered remnants of her life.

She took up riding and studied with the British Horse Society under whom she gained qualifications as an instructor.

She emigrated to the United States to join her twin sister Aileen in 1972.

In 1973 Jane met and married Louis Francis Simone of Pittsburgh, Pa., and iIn 1979 they had a baby girl, Gwyneth Nicola, and in 1982 they had a son, David Matthew.

They moved several times within the United States as a consequence of Lou’s career, and came to Kennett Square in 2002, where Jane was Director of Development at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, a position she took up in the fall of 1999.

She retired in early 2015, having completed a highly successful tenure as a respected, knowledgeable, ethical, enthusiastic fund-raiser.

Jane died on Dec. 30, 2018.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Lou, her beautiful, clever daughter Gwyneth, and Gwyneth’s wonderful husband John Hawn, her handsome, talented son Dave, her devoted twin sister Aileen Elliott, sisters Catharine Castree and Phyllis Carruthers, and her only brother, Alasdair Allan.

In her memory, donations may be made in her name to St. Joseph’s Indian School P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326.

Jane supported this Lakota Sioux Charity, because she felt keenly the injustices which have been perpetrated on the native peoples of this great continent, and because she made certain that the children of this school are being brought up to learn, know and understand their heritage.

Her service will be held privately.

Taylor St. Jacques wins $15,000 1.40m competition at Turf Tour (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Equitation champion and show jumping rising star Taylor St. Jaques of Glen Allen, Pa. and Qantar Des Etisses were untouchable during the Feb. 22 Turf Tour competition, where their double clear and jump-off time of 36.436 couldn't be matched, despite multiple efforts by exceptionally speedy horses and riders.

Taylor St. JacquesTaylor St. JacquesThe Turf Tour features weekly venues and show jumping of all levels on all natural surfaces, returns to the grass Grand Prix field of its hosts' home farm, The Ridge at Wellington, Thursday February 28 and Friday March 1.

St. Jaques, who splits her time between college and the Florida show season, was fourth to go with her own Qantar Des Etisses in a class of 24 for the $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix on Friday.

Attempts to beat her time were marked by unfortunate rails, resulting in a second place finish for the Wednesday's Rising Star Classic winners Mark Bluman and Cupfer Cr on a jump-off time of 38.206 seconds.

Third went to Steven Bluman and D'Alba R 15 with 38.403.

"Friday was my first time doing the jumpers at The Ridge Turf Tour ,and it might have been the utmost horse show experience of my entire life," said St. Jaques,the 2017 Hunter Seat Medal Final Champion and 2017 Show Jumping Talent Search Finals runner up. "It was super easy to ship in, show, and get back home. There was very little sitting around waiting, which we really appreciated, as I only arrived in Wellington at midnight the evening before."

"Balancing school and showing can be a bit frustrating, as I don't get to be around the horses as much as I'm used to, but this season has been really fun," said St. Jacques. "I hadn't jumped my horse since late January, so I wasn't quite sure if we were ready, but I think it worked to our advantage."

"I've had Qantar since the summer of 2016, and he is my whole world," she said. "He was meant to teach me the ropes of the junior jumpers and together we've won more than I thought was imaginable. My goal at The Ridge was to go for a clean round, not necessarily a win, and showing at The Ridge was a fantastic experience."

Pets Honorable Mention 10 (2)

Sherilyn Allen, VMD, took this photo that she entitled “Are you my mother?”

The photo is of a belted Galloway cow and belted Boar goat kid at Ironstone Farm, Boyertown Pa.

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Laura Chapot won another class on Chandon Blue (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--While Laura Chapot always has a shot at winning when it comes to speed, she had an even bigger advantage when she and Mary Chapot’s Chandon Blue went last in the jump-off in the $36,000 1.45m Classic CSI 2*.

Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue 3819Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue (Photo boy Sportfot)Chapot was so fast around the shortened course for the win in a time of 35.37 seconds,she was two seconds faster than second place finishers Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil on Farrero, who went first in the jump-off and almost had the wire-to-wire win.

“It’s always nice to be last in the jump-off,” said Chapot. “The main question in my mind was whether there were eight strides to the last jump and after a few went, it seemed like that was a possibility if you got the right fence in. I know my horse is naturally very fast, so I don’t want to get too caught up in the numbers around the turn and just try to ride it as smoothly as possible. I caught a really good one coming to that last line so the eight was even just nice and easy for him.”

There were 14 clear in the first round and six of those went double clear.

It was another victory this season for Chandon Blue, who won the two-star grand prix in WEF 7 and have also recorded three second place finishes in two-star and three-star competition at WEF.

Chapot has ridden the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Chacco Blue for a year since Olympic bronze medalist Cian O’Connor recommended the horse to her.

“He had the horse for a number of years, and he thought it would be a good match and it’s turned out,” Chapot said. “He’s really exceeded my expectations. We didn’t really know where he would go, what ability he would end up with, but he jumps it easily and I’m just so pleased. He’s got a lot of spirit and a lot of engine, and that’s the kind of horse I like.”

Pets Honorable Mention 11 (2)

Ellie Glaccum took this photo of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds on the line of a fox after a meet at Brooklawn.

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Chester Weber won his 16th National Championship at Live Oak while Brian Moggre won the Jumping World Cup qualifier

OCALA, Fla--Chester Weber won a record 16th Four-in-Hand National Championship title, Steve Wilson won the Advanced Pairs Combined Driving National Championship and Brian Moggre won the $100,000 World Cup class at Live Oak International on March 10..

Chester Weber on MarathonChester Weber on the Marathon phase (Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography)Weber of Ocala, the Tryon World Equestrian Games individual silver and team gold medalist, had the lead in the Advanced Four-in-Hand Combined Driving National Championship from start to finish.

He accurately navigated his team of Amadeus, Hendrik, First Edition and Gouveneu through razor thin margins, leaving all the balls on their cones and adding just 1.56 time penalties for a final result of 166.13.

"I was pleased to start the weekend with a dressage score in the 30s," said Weber. "In the dressage I used two horses that were different from my WEG team, so I was pleased with that depth. Today in the cones I put the two leaders that I drove last season together because they're my strongest combination. I drove my 7-year-old, Henrik, again as well. He's gotten better and better. He's telling me that he's ready for the big stuff in Europe."

Misdee Wrigley-Miller of Paris, Ky., won the Reserve Championship.


SHE AND the team of of Bolino D, Calipso 86, Daan 8 and Saco, demonstrated a brilliant display of harmony through the tricky course to add 36.32 points for a final score of 222.46.

"The dressage and cones arena here is second to none anywhere in the world," said Wrigley-Miller. "There's no other place where you navigate around jumps in your cones course. It makes it very challenging in that way, but I was very happy with my horses."

Paul Maye's expert work through the cones phase moved him up into third place with the Harmony Sporthorse's foursome of Harmony's Cotessa, Harmony's Zandoburga, Harmony's Zeppelin and Harmony's Ziezo, just beating out Lisa Stroud of Kennett Square, Pa.

He had three balls, down, but the fastest time of the group with only 1.28 penalties added to end on a three-day score of 226.58.

"I consider myself the rookie since it's only my third year in Four-in-Hand," said Maye. "The highlight this weekend for me was my two young horses. It's their first time at Live Oak, and they performed magnificently the whole weekend."

Weber had also had a dominating performance across all seven hazards of the marathon at Live oak International to carry 164.57 points into the final cones phase.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the horses," said Weber after the marathon. "The team of horses did a fantastic job and really tried their hearts out. I drove a new combination in the lead, First Edition, whom I had all last season, together with a horse named Gouveneur,. Gouveneur was a little shocked by the crowd, but he grew as the course went and got better and better, so that was really nice."

Wrigley-Miller, despite a last minute change to her team, made quick work of the track to finish second in that phase with 186.14 points.

"I did not have my same marathon team that I had at WEG," said Wrigley-Miller. "Part of it was by design and part of it definitely was not. My normal right-wheeler is no longer with me, so I had to turn to my old man, who is 20-years-old. I said, 'Saco, Sorry old man. You're up again.' And he just absolutely delivered for me today."

Stroud kept hold of third place with a two-phase score of 204.91.

"I enjoyed all the hazards, I always do here. This is a combination I haven't driven a lot, and they really rose to the challenge. I was really pleased with them. I had a great day," Stroud said. "This is the best event in America and I love being here!"


WILSON OF Louisville, Ky., won his 4th Advanced Pair National Championship after the final cones phase with his Lippizaners Favory Fantom and Favory Fáraó.

Steve WilsonSteve Wilson (Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography)With four balls coming down and an addition of 8.4 time penalties, Wilson ended  on 203.91 points.

He also celebrated his success with his grandson, 18-year-old Avery Wilson, who also won this weekend in the Intermediate Pairs division.

"The course here was extremely advanced, and I'm always intent on doing the best I can," Wilson said. "This was a day to be doubly nervous because Avery was competing. He won, so that was a good inspiration for me. I was delighted, and really proud of Avery and his accomplishments. He helped me win as well."

Wilson took over the lead of the Advanced Pairs after a brilliant performance in the marathon phase with a score of 183.71.

"I always love competing here at Live Oak," said Wilson. "It's the most challenging course in America. This was the first time I had driven this pair together. Initially they didn't look like they'd make a great pair, but they worked really well together. They worked hard for me, and I was really pleased with the results."


IN A FIELD full of experience and talent, it was the the young, 17-year-old Brian Moggre, who won the $100,000 Jumping World Cup qualifier on Ocala Sunday.

Brian MoggreBrian Moggre on MTM Vivre le Reve (Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography)Riding MTM Vivre le Reve, Moggre, who also won Friday's $35,700 CSI3* World Ranking Competition, earned the first clear round of the jump-off, and his red hot time of 41.29 seconds was unmatched by the rest of the group.

"I have to say I had low expectations for myself, but I never do for my horses," said Moggre of his first time riding in a World Cup class. "I really wanted to go in today and jump a clear round. That was the main goal, so once that happened I went pedal to the metal in the jump-off."

Of the 38 starters, six made it to the jump-off over the course designed by Olaf Peterson, Jr.

The exciting jump-off thrilled the crowd of nearly 5,000 spectators which brought to total for this year's Live Oak International to a record 15,000.

Of the six who returned to test their skill against the clock, only three, Moggre, second-placed Andre Thieme and third-placed Sharn Wordley, jumped a final clear round.

Germany's Thieme made quick work of the track with Aretino for second place, finishing in 41.56 seconds.

New Zealand Olympic veteran Sharn Wordley on Casper finished in 43.96 for third.

"We had a good show, we always have a good show here," said Wordley. "I've been coming since its inception, and it's a favorite of mine on the circuit. Sometimes you have shows you just do well at, and I always do well here, so I keep it on my calendar. This is one of the nicest horse shows you can find anywhere. The facility is magnificent, and I tip my hat to Chester and Juliet for all they do."

Sunday's $100,000 World Cup was the last chance for U.S. riders to qualify for the 2019 World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Live Oak International is the only show in the United States that offers both combined driving and show jumping, attracting some of the country's most talented riders and drivers.

Pets Honorable Mention 12 (2)

Pat Renner took this photo of her horse Tory at Island Beach State Park, New Jersey getting her first look at the ocean .
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Pets Honorable Mention 13 (2)

Ellie Glaccum took this photo during one of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds hunts.

A regal buck surveying his kingdom in front of Webb's Woods Nov. 29.

CONTEST PET stag Glaccum

Something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (2)

DEVON, Pa--Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the only show in this country that includes hunters, jumpers, four-in-hand driving, three- and five-gaited horses, hackneys and roadsters, but Devon offers even more, with great food, rides in the Country Fair and boutique shopping plus special events.

A kick-off party featuring a preview of art for sale in the Devon Art Gallery is held on Wednesday evening, May 22, and tickets are available to buy by visiting, selecting the Country Fair tab and the Special Events.

MclainWardClinta brinkmaMclain Ward on Clinta, last year's Devon Grand Prix winner On opening night, May 23, What A Good Dog presents the third annual dog contest at 7 p.m.

The very popular Arena Eventing returns on Sunday evening, May 25. Capt. Mark Phillips will again design the course that utilizes both rings and enncorporates both eventing and jumper fences.

This is a fast paced, exciting event and is a not-to-be-mised event.

Ladies Day is featured on May 29 with the theme "An Enchanted Garden" and events include a celebrity judged hat contest, a cocktail reception and the fairest of hats.


DON'T MISS the opportunity to buy Devon Derby booklets featuring a chance to win a two year lease on a 2019 Buick Enclore SUV, two Phillies tickets wit dinner and parking, a $1,000 gift certificate to Walter J. Cook Jeweler, a Trek Bicycle, a $500 in-store shopping spree at Bloomingdale's, two pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses and a 3' by 5' fine hand knotted silk rug.

And all that is on top of the constant, ever changing activity in the Dixon Oval.

The show opens with Junior Weekend, followed by the Carriage Pleasure Drive on Sunday that begins a week of adult competition.

Devon offers five exciting FEI CSI4* rated jumper classes that will feature Olympic and World Championship medalists battling to win the coveted Devon Leading Open Jumper Rider title.

McLain Ward makes it a point to always show at Devon and has won that title numerous times, as well as having often won the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix, held Thursday evening at 8 p.m.

Get your tickets early by calling 610-688-2554 or emailing tickets @devonhorseshow,org



Australian Supermare Winx Looks Destined for Yet More Success in Sydney (2)

Australian racing fans have been truly spoilt over the last few years. Sports enthusiasts in the Southern Hemisphere have been lucky enough to witness wonder-mare Winx in her pomp and despite her advancing years, the eight-year old still appears to have plenty left in the tank. The daugher of Street Cry's 2019 debut is yet to be confirmed but connections are expecting another twelve months of all-conquering displays on the turf.

March12pic1Source: Susie Blackman via Twitter
Winx's record is absolutely astonishing and she's written herself into racing history having dominated down under since mid-2015. She hasn't been defeated for almost four years, winning 33 of her 39 outings and securing the Cox Plate for four consecutive seasons. She confirmed her status as a sporting superstar with her fourth victory in the prestigious race at Moonee Valley on October 28th when she finished two lengths ahead of British raider Benbatl. Despite scepticism pre-race, Winx displayed all the hallmarks of a true champion when she steered herself clear of the field to secure the 22nd Group Race of her remarkable career. No other thoroughbred has won the race on four consecutive occasions and she is likely to return to Melbourne to defend her crown later in 2019.

Jockey Hugh Bowman told reporters that he is "...proud to be part of this amazing story" and he is likely to partner Winx once again this year.

Speculation has been rife about her imminent retirement with many racing fans on social media suggesting that connections will be keen to end on a high note but trainer Chris Waller admitted that he is taking it race-by-race and she is highly likely to take part in February's Apollo Stakes at Randwick. The George Ryder Stakes and the Rosehill could also follow but they may opt to reduce Winx's commitments as she enters her final season on the racetrack. Those fans who were worried that they would not get to see Winx in action again will have had those fears allayed by Waller's recent assessment of his superstar. The Sydney trainer told reporters that she is in "excellent condition both physically and mentally" and strongly hinted at the possibility of another outing in the near future.

Despite being linked with an appearance in the $5million Flemington All-Star Mile, Waller suggested that connections would prefer her to compete locally and she looks destined to end her career in Sydney. The sport appears to be in rude health at the moment and the Sydney racing scene is particularly strong. There are a number of top-class contests taking place each year including the Group 2 Villiers Stakes which was won by Sky Boy in 2018, who made it five wins on the trot, as predicted by Oddschecker. It is augmented by the Everest which is currently the richest race in Australia and is the feature race of the Sydney Spring Carnival. The recent announcement that a new race will be added to the calendar in 2019 and will carry a prize pot of $7.5million has further enhanced the notion that the sport is enjoying a rejuvenation in the Southern Hemisphere.

March12pic2Source: Bjorn Baker Racing via TwitterWinx has enjoyed plenty of success at Randwick with recent victories in the Group 1 Colgate Optic White Stakes and the appropriately named Winx Stakes back in mid-August. Her first run of 2018 saw her secure the Chipping Norton Stakes in March and she is likely to take a similar path once again this time around. Unsurprisingly, she has been successful at a number of racetracks including Flemington, Rosehill and Caulfield and she will be hard to stop in 2019. She is likely to be fully revved up once again and racing fans in Europe are likely to be watching her upcoming performances through bleary eyes.

Her appeal extends beyond Australia and this was confirmed when she was awarded the 2018 Secretariats Vox Populi Award, as voted for by an American audience. She saw off the challenge of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify and Breeders Cup Classic winner Accelerate and connections will collect the award at Santa Anita Park later this month. The accolade recognizes excellence and popularity and Winx was a deserved winner. She joins an exclusive list of names including California Chrome and American Pharoah who have also been successful in this field.

One criticism that has been levelled at Winx's connections is that they have never tested her outside of Australia. She was heavily rumoured to be heading for Royal Ascot last year but they opted to remain in Sydney to give the horse a 126-day break. A handful of critics have suggested that she cannot be deemed a 'true sporting great' if she hasn't been truly tested outside of her comfort zone. There was plenty of excitement at the prospect of a European run but Chris Waller and his team had already carefully mapped out her route and that didn't include a trip to Berkshire.

March12pic3Source: Winx (Official) via TwitterWinx has truly captured the imagination of the public and whatever happens in 2019, she will always be remembered for her consistency and remarkable acceleration in the final furlong. Connections are hoping she can continue to set records over the next twelve months and the betting public appear to be very confident that she can clock up a 30th consecutive racecourse victory. Chris Waller expressed his admiration for his charge and told fans that "we fully appreciate all of the support that she has had throughout her career".

Bookmakers aren't taking any chances and she is already odds-on for the Queen Elizabeth and the All-Star Mile despite being extremely unlikely to be entered for the latter. She is also the early favourite in the betting to make it five consecutive Cox Plates and it's almost impossible to dismiss her chances of achieving that feat.

Social media users will continue to speculate about her future but connections will have the final say and, at the time of writing, they appear to be extremely satisfied with her well-being. The Sydney racing circuit may never see another horse dominate the headlines as frequently but she has significantly raised the profile of the sport and she still appears to have plenty to offer. Winx looks set for a racecourse return this year and racing fans worldwide are readying themselves for another explosive performance from the eight-year-old. She is one-of-a-kind and Australian racegoers can feel extremely privileged to have seen her in the flesh.

She looks likely to continue to send records tumbling and dominate the sport for at least another six months and although retirement may be on the horizon, Winx is far from finished and is highly likely to be taking to the turf again in February.

Samantha Cohen wins $50,000 Grand Prix, and McLain Ward wins $72,000 1.50m Classic

WELLINGTON, Fla.-- McLain Ward on HH Gigi's Girl won the $72,000 1.50m Classic on Sunday, March 10, while Samantha Cohen of New York, N.Y., rode Carmen to win the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*.

Samantha Cohen on CarmenSamantha Cohen on Carmen (Photo by Sportfot)From 45 first round competitors in the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*, 10 went clean to qualify for the jump-off, and of them, six were clear again.

The fastest of those was 18-year-old Samantha Cohen riding Carmen, who stopped the timers in 37.56 seconds to win, even though she was first to go in the jump-off.

“I was first to go and nine were after me, with so many fast riders. I just wanted to go in and give it my best shot,” said Cohen. “She’s really quick around the turns, and she’s deceptively fast. She doesn’t ever look like she’s really running. I was really happy when I came out, but I was not sure it would hold.”

The spot in the jump-off track that Cohen thought most about was the double combination and making sure Carmen was prepared for the vertical to oxer combination.

“I wanted to gallop away from the previous fence and then take my time really getting her on her hind end for that,” she said. “I didn’t want her to dive into ‘a’. That was, for me, the trickiest part. She is just a genius on the turns. She’s right there with me, and I knew that’s where I could get my time.”

Cohen spends the summers competing in two-star and three-star competitions with her trainers, Laura Kraut and Nick Skelton.

“This is my first grand prix win, so I’m really excited,” she said. “I’ve jumped a lot of big tracks with her, so I was really confident going in and knew I could do it.”

Carly Anthony riding Clochardwas clear in 38.73 seconds for second placen and third was Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil on Farrero, clean in 38.92 seconds.


WARD ON HH Gigi’s Girl won the $72,000 1.50m Classic that had 42 entries competing over a course set by Alan Wade of Ireland, 16 of which were clear to make the jump-off.

McLain Ward on Gigis GirlMcLain Ward on HHGigi's Girl (Photo by Sportfot)Riding out of the second position in the jump-off order, Olympic team gold medalist Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl put in a blazing fast time of 33.36 seconds that couldn’t be caught.

There were seven double clear rounds in the class.

Coming second was William Whitaker of Great Britain onnn RMF Echo, clear in 34.51 seconds., and third place went to Erynn Ballard on Ilan Ferder’s Ceitasi, who had a time of 34.89 seconds.

“The jump-off was actually set up pretty nice for her; it was a good track for her strength,” said Ward of Gigi. “She was great. She jumped a nice first round. On Thursday, it was not the round we wanted in the WEF Challenge Cup, but she came back really strongly today. In a jump-off like that with a large number and very fast ones and very good prize money, everyone is trying hard. It doesn’t matter if you go first or last, you have to try and do the best round you can.”

“This is her fourth week of competition this circuit, and we’ve had the program we planned,” he said. “She’s actually been very consistent and a little bit unlucky. It was great to have it all come together nicely today. She’s a very good jumper, a very careful horse. We’ve been lucky to have some great results and nice wins on her. She’s been a very good grand prix horse.”

Along with her 1.50m win, HH Gigi’s Girl was named the Style Award winner.

Pets Honorable Mention 14 (2)

Karla Frank of Collegeville, Pa. took this photo that she entitled "Baby had too much catnip on St Patrick's day."

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"I have barn swallows that come back every year to nest in my barn," said Pam Thompson. "I love to watch the babies as they finally leave the nest. This one is only weeks old. Taken at Hy-Hope Stable in Cochranville, Pa"

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An exciting month of Delaware Valley point-to-point racing begins March 24 (2)

The Delaware Valley Point-to-Point Association's spring meets begins on Sunday, March 24 with The Foxhall Farm Team Race in which teams of three riders that have hunted the current season with an organized hunt compete over a flagged course.

Brandywine 1The team race begins at 1 p.m. at 247 Lambourntown Road, West Grove, Pa.

Cheshire Point-to-Point on March 31 is the first of three meets in which riders compete for series end awards.

Top trainers and riders used the Delaware Valley races as early preps for My Lady's Manor, the Grand National and the Maryland Hunt cup.

Points are awarded for the Overall Winner in Open, Heavyweight and Novice races, and trophies and prizes will be awarded to the series winners in Small Pony, Medium Pony, Large Pony, Novice Race. Ladies Race, Open Race, Foxhunters' Race, Heavyweight Race and Overall High Score Horse as well as Leading Rider, Leading Lady Rider and Leading Trainer.


CHESHIRE. located at Plantation Field,  has a brand new course, all of which can be seen from the hillside.

Gates will open at 10:00 a.m with paddock time for the first of three pony races at 11:00 am followed by a junior race and four exciting timber races.

Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point follows a week later on Sunday, April 7.

The gates open at 11 a.m. at the Myrick Conservation Center at 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road in Pocopson Township.

Brandywine, the oldest of the meets, has pony races including the youngest riders with stick pony races and lead lines.

Throughout the afternoon the races that follow include five over timber: ladies, novice, heavyweight, open and foxhunter.

There's also a parade of the Radnor Hunt hounds.

Fair Hill at the race course in Fair Hill, Md., concludes the series on Sunday, April 21, Easter Sunday.

Fair Hill includes morning races geared to rising young jockeys and afternoon flat and timber races including a hurdle race for younger riders.

To celebrate Easter, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt and other activities for children.


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