Progressive Riding Program

Progressive Riding Program With our passion for our horses & our students, & our dedication to the total horsemanship approach to riding, we offer the best riding instruction around.

At Progressive Riding Program, we have a real passion for our horses and our students. Our dedication to the total horsemanship approach to riding is what makes us special. With a goal of understanding full horse management, our students are trained by renowned instructors in riding theory, practical horse training, and management techniques. Laying a solid foundation for a future of equestrian pursuits, we’re dedicated to equipping our students with the tools to be successful in riding, competing, and caring for a horse.

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This is an original 1891 photo of Racine which came from the Estate of Walter S. Vosburgh. Racine was bred in California by Leland Stanford and his Palo Alto Stock Farm and was raced by him and later leased to Undine Stable.

He was by Bishop, who died in a barn fire that was considered arson, out of Fairy Rose by Kisber, a Hungarian bred who won the 1876 English Derby.

Racine’s race record was: 60 starts 40 wins 10 seconds and 3 thirds.

At two in 1889, he won: the Introduction Stakes; the California Autumn Stakes; the Pavilion Stakes; the Yosemite Stakes; and the Getaway Stakes.

At three in 1890, Racine won the Weinstock, Lubin & Company Stakes. He finished second to Flambeau and ahead of Sacramento in the Pacific Derby.

At four in 1891, Racine won 15 races and was stakes placed.

At six in 1893, he won: the Boulevard Handicap; the Troy Handicap at Saratoga over Sarah Ramey, the winner of the 1893 Vreeland Handicap, and Lizette; the Sea Foam Stakes at Saratoga; and the Quinlan Handicap. Racine was second in the Naglee Handicap and was third in the Thornton Handicap.

Racine stood stud initially in California but later in 1908 was sent to W. W. Osborne's Springfield Farm in Gordonsville Virginia.

At stud his best were:

Elliott: the winner of the 1903 and the 1905 runnings of the Lissak Handicap.

Lovelight: stakes placed.

Miss Alice: dam of Gay Minister who finished third in the 1905 Autumn Handicap.

Potente: the winner of the 1901 Idlewild Handicap over Hall of Fame Member Imp and stakes winner St. Finnish.

Racetto: finished third in the 1899 Candelaria Handicap.

Rocket: finished second in the 1907 North American Steeplechase; and won the 1908 Glendale Steeplechase Handicap.

Sly: ridden in several races by the great jockey Tod Sloan and set a new world record for 6 1/2 furlongs in 1900 at Hawthorne Race Track.

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This is an original 1939 photo of Joey taken at Playfair Race Track in Spokane, Washington.

He was the proverbial underdog who came out of nowhere to capture the hearts of racing fans throughout North America. Nicknamed the Pony Express by his adoring fans, he was a little nothing of a horse who barely tipped the scales at 880 pounds.

While his sire Dr. Joe showed little promise on the track, his breeding was quite sound being a son of King James, the 1909 Champion Handicap Horse, and sporting a Kentucky Derby winner in his pedigree as well as the great stallion Himyar.

His dam, on the other hand, left much to be desired. Aileen Hoey never raced and spent much of her time pulling a cart on the streets of an Alberta coal mining town.

The tiny black gelding was bred in Canada by Arthur Layzell, who almost had him destroyed because he was such a puny creature. Layzell couldn’t believe his good fortune when he unloaded Joey and his crippled dam for $200 to Louis Jacques of Calgary that he knocked $15 off the purchase price.

Louis Jacques owned Joey for most of his ten year racing career which saw the little gelding going from the lowest claiming races to top stakes company and finally to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

During the Depression years of the 1930’s, Joey made 211 starts winning 55 races and placing second or third 71 times. He was a come from behind specialist in the mold of the great Stymie, spotting the field numerous lengths before beginning his dynamic charge from the back of the pack.

His fans would hold their collective breaths waiting for the announcer to cry out: “Here comes Joey.” Then the crowd would roar in unison: “There goes Joey.”

At two in 1932, he was one of the best juveniles in the West and won the Winnipeg Futurity.

At three in 1933, Joey was sidelined by a severe case of pneumonia and barely survived. Still he managed to finish second to Carhan Queen in the Alberta Derby.

At four in 1934, he was second in the Whittier Park Handicap to Sweepstaff, the winner of the 1937 San Diego Handicap, and ahead of Help Yourself, the winner of the 1933 Western Canada Handicap.

At five in 1935, he was Canada’s Leading Money Winner and won the Western Canada Handicap by six lengths on a very heavy track and the Long Branch over Crofter. Joey finished third in the inaugural Longacres Mile behind Coldwater, the winner of the 1936 San Diego Handicap, and Biff, the winner of the 1935 Chicago Handicap.

At six in 1936, he won the Whittier Park Handicap; finished second in the Long Branch Handicap to Tempestuous and ahead of Abbatoro; and was third in the Western Canada Handicap behind Royal Glint and Help Yourself.

At seven in 1937, Joey was second in the Western Canada Handicap to Nekena and ahead of Rondelier.

At nine in 1939, he won the Spokane Derby.

At ten in 1940, Joey won the Western Canada Handicap.

His racing career came to an end in 1941. He returned to Winnipeg and was paraded through the streets during a wartime Victory Bonds Ceremony. It was there that one of his shoes was auctioned off which helped to raise over $18,000 for the war effort.

Joey was honored on the final day of Manitoba’s racing season, whereby he galloped the entire course, something he had done so many times in the past. When he walked into the winner’s circle, the band serenaded him with “Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the stands that day as his fans said a final goodbye to their hero.

It would be a fitting end to this gallant warrior to say he enjoyed a long and happy retirement. Sadly that wasn’t the case.

Joey was unable to adjust to life off the race track. He greatly missed the tumult of racing with its fierce competition and cheering crowds.

He died after a short illness and was buried in a poplar grove near Victoria Park in Calgary, fittingly just a short distance from the track where he won his first race.

Joey was inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in its inaugural class in 1976.

How dare they go to a facility and clean out their trailer. Why don't you drive to your neighbors house and clean out yo...

How dare they go to a facility and clean out their trailer. Why don't you drive to your neighbors house and clean out your trailer? you know why not. Don't be a disgusting horse person!

Second time in a week...went to Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, and picked up piles left in the parking lot. On Sunday, the pile was perfectly surrounded by shavings, like someone shoveled it OUT of their trailer and left it on the ground. Stupid stuff like this will go a long way in having our ring turned into a soccer field. Get with the program, people. Pick up your manure. It’s not that hard to bring it home with you and toss it in your own manure pile. Totally disgusted right now.


After dogs, horses may be man's best friend, new research suggests. Based on their ability to understand subtle eye and body movements, horses can grasp human dispositions relatively well.

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This gives the desription of the different types of hunts and how they are run. Good read. Thanks Betsy Burke Parker.

This gives the desription of the different types of hunts and how they are run. Good read. Thanks Betsy Burke Parker.

Old Dominion Hounds News and Notes
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Written and digested by HonSec Betsy Burke Parker ([email protected]); distributed by Sheila Quinn DeHart ([email protected])

→ Whiskey Ride recap
→ Welcome Josh Bentley
→ What’s a subscription pack vs. a membership pack?
→ Calendar of events (*reminder: trail ride this Sunday)
→ Golf tournament details (*reminder: get your entries in)
→ The regular stuff (Food pantry, how to find out more, etc.)

****WHISKEY RIDE IS A HUGE SUCCESS – Laurey Branner, chairperson of the May 16 ODH Whiskey Ride says the event was a huge success. She asked to give some shout-outs:
- Hosting landowner Matt Neiswanger “moved cows, cut grass, delivered tables, chairs, trashcans, put up safety signs, provided an amazing spread of food – his cooks served and he spent the whole day greeting guests. Not to mention tolerating riders going off trail and checking out his property. He accomplished this all, despite a trying week.”
- Social committee chair Betsy Stone “for crafting a magical autumn drink that everyone loved, providing table cloths, flowers, coming out and riding the trail before the event to ensure all was well and cheerleading the whole way.”
- Mary Overfelt “created wonderful professional fliers that we posted on facebook and shared, and drawing them in!”
All the servers and individuals who spent the whole day (6 plus hours), in the woods, in the fields serving thirsty riders:
Brian Moore and Gale Johnson
Dana Bolles and Emmy Lewis and Mary Overfelt
Betsy Stone and Babs Timmerman
Susan Barry and Brandon Barry and Ling Barry
Star Belson and Linda Reynolds

****WELCOME TO ODH, JOSH BENTLEY: Most recently huntsman at the United in Shropshire, England, Josh Bentley, 34, is a native of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. He arrived at kennels on Saturday night, and all subscribers, neighbors, friends, family and prospective hunters are invited to walk with Josh and hounds and staff (on foot) most mornings at 8 a.m. Text master Debbie Welch to confirm days and times (which can be weather and schedule dependent, etc.) – 540 631 8607.
(In photo below, Josh meets the pack with former longtime ODH huntsman Gerald Keal and joint-master/whip Debbie Welch. That’s Rattlesnake and Buck mountains as a Blue Ridge backdrop.)

****WHAT’S THE DIFF? From the FYI department ….. Old Dominion Hounds is a **subscription pack**, which differs from private and membership packs. The differences are minor, but in a major way.
From the MFHA:
1. Private Hunt: This is the simplest and most efficient form of a Hunt. A Master, or Masters, owns and runs a private Hunt. They are self-appointed and responsible for all financial requirements. There are no by-laws. Membership is by invitation of the Masters only. There are no members per se because there is no voting. Donations are accepted from the subscribers and/or there are subscriptions. Subscribers have no say, no rights and are the guests of the Master. In a private Hunt (also some Subscription Hunts) joint Masters may be appointed or dismissed by the Master who owns the Hunt, hounds and kennels.
2. Subscription Hunt: There are various forms of subscription packs. Subscription packs are very similar to private Hunts. The Masters can be elected or appointed by committee or they can be self- perpetuated by the Masters themselves with no approval necessary. The foxhunters in a subscription pack are called subscribers. These subscribers have no input in the decision making process of the Hunt. In a subscription pack the subscribers are charged a fee. This fee allows them to hunt. Masters make all decisions and are liable for all financial requirements. Most subscription packs incorporate for tax purposes. The structure of the by-laws is essential for the smooth operation of a subscription pack unless it is a private subscription pack and the Master owns the hounds and kennels.
3. Membership Hunt: This is by far the most popular type of Hunt, whereby, the assets of the Hunt (kennels, hounds, horses, and other assets) are owned by the membership and the Hunt is operated in a democratic fashion. The membership elects a Board who appoint Masters and Officers. Masters are responsible for the hunting activities and the Board or Hunt Committee (herein referred to as the Board) are responsible for all other activities. This form of Hunt also has more problems and difficulties than other types of Hunts. As a result of responsibilities being shared by a wide range of members, the opportunity for misunderstandings and personality conflicts can result in serious Hunt difficulties if the Hunt By-laws are not well thought through and presented in a clear and concise manner.
In some cases a Master can own the hounds and/or kennels. In such cases the position of the Hunt must be clearly defined if the Master is not reappointed or resigns from the Hunt. A Board appoints masters for a specific renewable term of generally 3 to 5 years. While not recommended, some Hunts appoint Masters by a vote of the membership, which may result in the mastership being a popularity contest. Experience shows when this happens Masters are forced to spend more time campaigning than running the Hunt.
There can be different categories of membership within membership Hunts. These categories are sometimes tied to the degree of financial commitment. There are usually voting and non-voting memberships.

* May 23 – ODH spring trail ride series. 9 a.m. Running Fields. Les Moeller host. Two-hour WALKING ONLY gentle terrain ride. Potluck lunch after the ride – bring a dish to share.
$30 adults, $10 ages 10-18. [email protected] – weather makeup date May 30
* June 6 – ODH spring trail ride series. 9 a.m. Tanner Branch. Andy Hertneky/Sherry York hosts. Two-hour WALKING ONLY gentle terrain ride. Potluck lunch after the ride – bring a dish to share. $30 adults, $10 ages 10-18. [email protected] – weather makeup date June 13
* June 12 – Summer solstice party – Saturday, June 12. Copper Fox Distillery. (Fundraiser – details, ticket prices, etc. TBA)
* June 19 – Golf tournament. Blue Ridge Shadows golf club in Front Royal. An Old Dominion Conservation Educational Foundation golf tournament, there will be prizes, food and fun. You can sign up as a foursome or as an individual (individuals will be formed into teams of four.)
[email protected]
* August – Schooling days – ODH hunter trial field. August 8, 15, 22. $30 schooling fee. Details TBA.
* August – ODH tent at the Great Meadow International horse trials – August 19-22. Details TBA.
* September – Autumn wine trail ride – Sunday, September 26. Hungry Run/Big Woods/High Meadow. Details TBA.
* October – Oyster roast – mid-October during Virginia Hunt Week. Details TBA.
* October – Autumn hunter pace – Sunday, October 24. Hunter trial field, Orlean. Details TBA.
* October – Opening meet – Saturday, October 30. 11 a.m. High Meadow, Flint Hill. 5 p.m. Landowners’ party. High Meadow.
* November – Kennels open house and Christmas photos with Santa – Sunday, November 28. ODH kennels, Orlean. Details TBA.

****OLD DOMINION FOOD PANTRY NEWS: The Old Dominion Self Serve Food Pantry is located behind the post office in Orlean. The easy-access assistance system is for families who need a little help to get through the next meal.
ODFP partners with Fauquier For Immediate Sympathetic Help (FISH) to get the word out about the pantry. FISH is located in Warrenton near the Salvation Army and is a privately funded food bank.
FISH arranges for needy children to take home backpacks of food every week through the elementary schools.
Here's how you can help:
1. Place donations directly in the white shed behind the pantry.
2. Go by the pantry any time to check on it. If it's empty or needs attention, e-mail [email protected]

****PLEASE SEND any news, or notes, photos, interesting items or upcoming events to be included in this ODH online newsletter.
Feel free to forward this to friends and family and anyone you think might be interested in ODH happenings.
Send current/updated email addresses if you’d like to be included on our direct newsletter list.

****WANT MORE? THERE ARE THREE WAYS: If you can’t get enough ODH news, check out the regularly-updated and ongoing newsfeed on our page.
Or dive deep into club history, photo galleries and more on our newly-refreshed website – (*don’t forget the ‘the’ at the beginning of that website address.)
Or call the hunt monitor for up-to-the-minute hunting information and changes – 540.364-7457.


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One of the oldest pictures of a Thoroughbred ever taken. Wild Dayrell, born in 1852 and pictured as a 3 year old in 1855. Six generations from Herod and eight from the Godolphin Arabian, Wild Dayrell was described as "one of the finest specimens of a racehorse" ever seen.


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Horse Arena Footing Facts – The Horse

Horse Arena Footing Facts – The Horse

Discover what scientists are learning about footing and its connection to lameness and other horse health issues.

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‘I want to just ride’ - Say this to any seasoned professional in the game and they will look at you like ‘Oh honey’ 😂

You have to learn to be a rider, groom, horseman/women, business owner, lead a team, handle clients and alongside all this you’ve still got to muck out and pick a broom up until you can earn enough money to have someone help you do this whilst you are doing something else to earn this said money.

‘I want to just ride’ doesn’t exist and if you see someone doing that you have no idea how hard they worked to get in that position. So get sweeping my friend ♥️

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No Lessons today Saturday Jan 23.
Lessons this weekend $50 per group. Call by Thursday to get a spot.
Jan group lessons $50 weekends 1PM and 2PM weather permitting.
Judi please check your messages!
Congratulations to Megan De Michele for making the Emerging Athletes List!
Wednesday lessons 7 PM this week.
Oh, how I wish we lived closer, Cuz!