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Miller turned around to accept the trophy, he found a familiar face. “Mr. Duvall,” he said to the actor. Miller rode Salmo to a wire to wire win for trainer Jack Fisher and owner Irv Naylor. Naylor had a rough start on race day when one of his horses fell and another was disqualified.
But Naylor has never let a setback get in his way. An avid skier, he started Ski Roundtop and his company, Snow Time, Inc., also includes Ski Liberty and Whitetail. He was also a keen rider. In April 1999, while leading the field in the Grand National Steeplechase in Maryland, his horse, Emerald Action, fell only two fences from home. He broke his C- 5 vertebrae and is now partially paralyzed.
Naylor, of York, Pa., has said you can’t prepare for life’s vicissitudes. He continues to be a major supporter of steeplechasing racing, a strong advocate for stem cell research and an inspiration for forging ahead.

Beth and Doug Fout along with Nina Fout (Equestrian bronze medal winner at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney) were among the guests at the garden party at the British Embassy with Queen Elizabeth II. They gathered with other equestrians of note: Sherry andCharlie Fenwick (1980 winner of the English Grand National) and DD and Michael Matz (former Olympic equestrian and trainer of2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro). “She was just so gracious and gentle,” Sherry Fenwick reports. “She looked at each of us and spoke to us. Of course, she had a conversation with Charlie and Michael.”
Lennart Lundh
While in Lexington, Ky., for a benefit auction of the Bluegrass Conservancy held at Gainsborough Farm, we bumped into Lucy Winchester, once social secretary to Pat Nixon at the White House. Lucy, a long time horse lover, looked dapper with her trademark bumble bee necklace and matching needlepoint purse.
And speaking of the White House … the Community Leadership Network gathered at the Fauquier Springs Country Club in Warrenton for a brunch and conversation with Helen Thomas. She was introduced by Susan Rubin. (Rubin’s husband Alan Rubin ran the Biograph Theatre in Georgetown and his artwork is now at the Long View Gallery in the city.)
The first lady of the press gave her outspoken thoughts from her latest tome Watchdogs of Democracy? to many kudos. She and her late husband, AP reporter Douglas Cornell, used to have a place near Rappahannock. She recalled how people
would often ask if she used to go hiking in the country on long weekends. No way this woman was going hiking – she is much more comfortable with her computer … yet another inspiration for forging ahead.



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