Horse Country: First Class in Coach

by John Arundel

Saddle up for a weekend of breathtaking coaching displays and a spectacular gala rarely seen in usually subdued Middleburg.

Have coach will travel. (Photo by Vicky Moon)

From October 7, 8, and 9 horse, coach and country-living lovers will gather to celebrate the opening of the National Sporting Library and Museum‘s new art museum in Middleburg with a plethora of splendidly sophisticated events.

“It is with enthusiasm and pride that we’re celebrating this milestone in the history of the library and museum,” said Jacqueline Badger Mars, a board member and gala committee co-chair with Anjela Guarriello. “We’re delighted and honored that so many supporters of equestrian and field sports will be joining us in what will be a magnificent evening.”

Gala guests should anticipate elegant flourishes and details from LA event planner extraordinaire Virginia Fout, a Middleburg native whose credits include Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation Oscar party.

The museum opening exhibit “Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal & Sporting Art 1585-1985”, based upon a book by F. Turner Reuter, Jr., will run through mid January. The Library, founded in 1954, is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian and field sports and we are pleased to announce the addition of our Museum. The institution has expanded to become an important research facility and art museum with over 17,000 books and works of art in the collections.

For details contact: or Melinda Gable 540-687-6542.

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