Over The Moon: Balls, Bulbs and Benefactors

The horsey set ends the Florida season with a proper bash, prize daffodils bloom in Upperville, and the Annie Awards are given out in The Plains

Emily Smith, and Patricia Luke at the Palm Beach Hounds Hunt Ball at the Albacoa Golf Club.


The sun set on the southern social season for the horsey crowd at the Palm Beach Hounds Hunt Ball at the Abacoa Gold Club on Jupiter Island, Fla.  Hosted by and Scott Traphagen, joint masters of the group, dinner was followed by dancing with bagpipers from the Palm Beach Pipes and Drums adding a sporting touch.

When he’s not out hunting on “America’s Most Wanted,” cherishes the equestrian life. (He attended the ball with his wife, .)  International guests included , and Pat Hayes from County Cork, Ireland and from New Zealand.

Back in Middleburg, we know spring has arrived when hordes descend upon historic Buchanan Hall for the 48th Annual Daffodil Show, with multi-talented (also an artist) and Ginger Wallach serving as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

With 972 bulbs — the largest number of entries ever — there were competition categories for a large cupped, miniature and trumpet cultivars, a breathtaking display of every shade of yellow imaginable.  The ever-horticulturally astute won the coveted best-in-show for a formal linear design inspired by Monet‘s “Rouen Cathedral, Sunset.”  , and also collected blue ribbons.


The daffodil show also included a free-style hat design won by Patricia Hyde Sharpe, Diane Ingoe and Debra Author of the Upperville Garden Club but there were even more scintillating chapeaux at the Gold Cup races at Great Meadow.  This year’s winners were: , , and .

The afternoon included two victories for lady jockey Blair Waterman Wyatt, who won the big race on the Merriefield Farm’s Bon Caddo.  There was also a tribute to the late , Great Meadow‘s visionary founder.  A week later, he was posthumously honored as Outstanding Virginian of the Year by Virginia’s General Assembly in a ceremony at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal.


threw open the doors of her Youngblood Art Studio in The Plains where she featured her own ceramics, jewelry and abstract paintings by , and photo images from , , and .

Lilla’s husband, , and her father, (with wife ) were spotted along with Sharon Maloney and , and (who ventured out to the country from ).

The evening included a presentation of the Annie Awards — in the form of a starfish designed by Lilla.  This image has always been symbolic of the awards as a reflection of stars in the sky. “They represent healing, regeneration, vigilance,” said Bill Couzens, the major forced behind LessCancer.org, who also received a starfish.  The awards are given out every year from Less Cancer in memory of .  The other recipients were , , and .

Finally, the countryside was aflutter after a long shot named Animal Kingdom broke past 19 other horses to win the Kentucky Derby.  Trainer is somewhat of a local with family living in the area.  Now everyone wants to adopt him.  For anyone looking to buy a horse farm to train a future Derby winner, his brother is a real estate agent in Middleburg with Thomas and Talbot.

It’s a long shot, but the again so was Animal Kingdom.

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