Dallas, 12″x16″, Oil on Canvas Panel, Opening Bid $200.00
This is Dallas, and he did a great job modeling for us today. He was, however, very disappointed once he realized he was not roping, or getting fed. I would have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would paint an animal “plein-air”, which means from life. It is very difficult, because unlike a human adult, they will not sit still. This takes confidence and patience. What a fun challenge this morning!
No Place for Girls, 12″x16″, Oil on Canvas Panel, Opening Bid $200.00This is my husbands shop… one of his favorite spots on the farm. As far as I can tell, its where the guys stand when it rains instead of going home. I guess it really is no place for girls because I drenched my pink Victoria’s Secret shirt in used motor oil within five minutes of sneaking into his garage.
Robin Caspari is a Goochland County resident and friend of 35 Mile Drive. For over 20 years she has stayed true to her creative goals of painting in an expressive unrestrained style. Her work has been active in galleries, exhibitions, publications and charitable causes (including the United States Humane Society and Corolla Wild Horse Fund to name a few.) She is an active member of Oil Painters of America and the National Impressionist Society.
Robin is currently involved in an intense project, painting a painting a day for a year and unveiling a select few for sale through a weekly painting auction via her facebook, twitter and enewsletter. The weekly auction will only last 6 months.
What is 35 Mile Drive? Literally 35 Mile Drive is another name for River Road West, a scenic Virginia byway in the Richmond, Virginia area. The stretch of road in question runs 35 miles through Goochland County. Some highlights from the road….things to do, places to see, right in Richmond’s back yard.
Let’s start at the Henrico/Goochland county line and head west.
Tuckahoe Plantation- Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home. He attended the one roomed school house still there and open to visitors. Could it be that TJ’s appreciation for architecture and domes was inspired by the domed schoolhouse ceiling? Like many a historic property, Tuckahoe is believed to have a few supernatural residents. A popular destination for filmmakers, you could say that Tuckahoe is Goochland’s Little Hollywood. Today, Tuckahoe has a farmer’s market on Sunday afternoons during the summer, selling their grass-few beef, eggs and other seasonal items.
Mother Mary of the Church Abbey- Since 1994, it has been the home of fifteen monks living in the Benedictine tradition. It is also houses the Shroud of Turin Center, a workshop destination for scholars and the faithful. There is a gift shop with monk-made items like sweets, jams, honey, textiles and a bookshop. Also, it is home of Benedictine Academy and the Bobby Ross Field. Ross (class of ’55) is a famed football coach and inductee into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Thistledown Alpacas- Goochland has a growing alpaca population. Several farms are open to the public.
Brookview Farm- A certified organic farm. 2007 Stewards of the Land, a national award by the American Farmland Trust! They sell their organic grass-fed beef through Lulu’s Local Food Co-op.
James River Work Center- The state farm. Home to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Greener Pastures Program. Rescued racehorses are given a second chance at life when their racing careers are over due to age, injury or performance. Horses are matched with offenders in a training program. Offenders graduate with a Groom Elite certification, giving them job skills to work in the horse industry. Many of the horses are available for adoption. It’s the only program of its kind in Virginia. Now home to 30 horses with 30 Groom Elite graduates! The TRF National President , Robin Williams, started the program and lives in Goochland.
You could say the state farm is Little Hollywood West. HBO’s John Adams was filmed here. Boston harbor and Braintree still sit waiting for a sequel perhaps on the Powhatan side.
Tanglewood Ordinary- A historic property family-dining Southern style! Fried chicken, anyone? Don’t miss their collection of Post magazines.
Tucker Park at Maiden’s Crossing- Goochland’s newest river park in development. Will be the site of a music ampitheater, birding platforms, trails, fields and primitive boat launch.
Brightly Bed & Breakfast- Historic B&B, one of only two in Goochland. Beautiful gardens.
Nadolski’s Butcher Shop- Specialty boutique butcher with locally sourced meats, specialty items, sausages, wine, beer and cheese. Home of many special events.
Goochland Courthouse- Built in 1826 by Cumberland builder Valentine Parrish and Dabney Cosby (a Staunton brickmason who had worked for Thomas Jefferson at UVA.) TJ’s influence is seen in the architectural details including the Tuscan portico, full Tuscan entablature, temple form and color scheme of red brick and white trim. Did you know, the brick wall was built around the complex to keep out wandering cattle!
White Hawk Music Cafe- Goochland’s musical metropolis! Combines music education (over 100 students in guitar, piano, voice, banjo, mandolin) with live performances and cafe food. A gathering spot with pickin’ parties every Thursday night, open mic on Tuesdays, and live music on the weekends.
Orapax- 700 acre hunting preserve for quail and pheasant. Customers come from over 39 states and six countries!!
Rapalee Taxidermy- Showroom open to the public, see dynamic mounts of over 100 animals from around the world.
Byrd Cellars Tasting Room- Sample wine from three local vineyards. Part of the 35 Mile Drive Wine Trail which includes Grayhaven Winery, Windsong Winery & Byrd Cellars.
Rassawek- Stunning property, home to the Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival May 21-22. Vineyard (Byrd Cellars) and village of reclaimed structures with historical value. Available for private rentals. Can see three counties and the James River corridor from the gazebo (formerly of 6th Street Marketplace!) Two restored log cabins, James Madison’s Montpelier greenhouse (now the wine tasting room,) music pavilion, ponds and trails. Named for the original Monacan Indian settlement along the river nearby.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are underway in Lexington, Kentucky (September 25-October 10.) The games host the world championships for eight different equestrian sports including dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, paradressage, reining and vaulting.
At its highest levels, vaulting is a sport of beauty, elegance and harmony between the athletes and horses. Be sure to check out the current issue of the Virginia Sportsman online atwww.vasportsman.com, “Gymnastics on Horseback with Balance Vaulters” by Aynsley Miller Fisher to learn more about vaulting.
Gymnastics requires physical strength, agility, coordination, balance and grace, now imagine a gymnastics routine performed entirely on the back of a cantering horse! After the first day of vaulting competition on Wednesday, the U.S. team emerged with the lead. Check in for updates and information about the games at www.alltechfeigames.com
Aynsley is a member of the 35 Mile Drive Association and an equine specialist at Southern States. Visit www.balancevaulters.org to learn more about Katie Flannagan and her vaulting program featured in the article.
In 1973, Secretariat captured the hearts of the American public and took the racing world by storm when he won the legendary Triple Crown, setting race records in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Owned by Penny Chenery, Big Red was foaled in Virginia at the famous racing stable at the Meadow and forever put Virginia on the map of Thoroughbred horse racing.
Just released is a new book unlike any other on Secretariat. Authored by Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s Meadow- The Land, The Family, The Legend gives readers an inside look at over 200 never-before published pictures from Penny’s private collection and the stories that bring them to life.
Arriving in Richmond Friday for the movie premier, Kate makes the first stop on her Virginia book tour at Southern States West Broad, 8718 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294. (804) 747-9315.
This unique event also celebrates the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF.) On hand will be Covert Action (Secretariat’s grandson, ex-racehorse and star of the TRF) making a rare public appearance.
The TRF rescues racehorses when they can no longer compete at the track due to age, injury or other circumstances. Many of the horses are rehabilitated and available for adoption and a chance at new careers. The TRF has partnered locally with the VDOC in the first program of its kind in Virginia called Second Chances at James River. Based at the James River Work Center, the program matches inmates with horses. The horses are rehabilitated and the inmates gain job skills and a certification allowing them to work in the horse industy on release from prison.
Make plans to attend “Secretariat Day at Southern States” from noon to 3:00. Feeling lucky? Don’t miss your chance to win one of several excellent door prizes including 500 pounds of Legends or Southern States horse grain, a signed copy of Secretariat’sMeadow, a bridle, racing-themed glassware, home accessories and some of your favorite animal health products. Thanks to our sponsors Southern States, Dementi Milestone Publishing and Kate Chenery Tweedy, Toklat, GT Reid and Farnam.
Books will be available for sale on site ($29.99) and Kate will be happy to sign your copy. For every book sold that day, a donation will be made to the TRF.
Today marks a new chapter for the legacy of Secretariat, the famous racehorse that captured the hearts of Americans and put Virginia on the map of Thoroughbred horse racing. A lot has been written about the chesnut Thoroughbred, but for the first time, we get a glimpse into that magical world that was the Meadow racing stable directly from an inside source.
Secretariat’s Meadow- The Land, The Family, The Legend by Kate Chenery Tweedy hits bookstores today! Kate is the daughter of Penny Chenery (who also wrote the foreward) and granddaughter of Christopher Chenery who founded the famous stable. A pictorial history, co-authored by Leeanne Ladin and published by Wayne Dementi of Dementi Milestone Publishing, the beautiful book tells not only Secretariat’s story, but the story of the legendary farm and the “empire built on broodmares.”
The book currently ranks #1 Bestseller in Horses and Racing books on Amazon.com! Frank Mitchell of the Daily Racing Form writes, “it is a lovely book, full of color and character, and of course, there are many photos of His Chesnut Perfection. What more could anyone ask?…It makes a grand and moving story and is told with warmth. Beautifully illustrated and produced, Secretariat’s Meadow is a pleasure for readers and fans of racing.”
Hollywood is a-buzz with the anticipated release of the Secretariat movie starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Scott Glenn, which premiers in Richmond on Friday, October 8.
Kate kicks off her Virginia book tour Sunday, October 10 at Southern States West Broad (8718 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294) from noon to 3:00 p.m. Also on hand will be Covert Action (Secretariat’s grandson) ex-racehorse and star of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, James River Chapter. For information on that event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org