• Staying the Course

    Staying the Course

    Maryland’s Fair Hill International puts horses, riders and designers to the test.



    Three-day eventing began as military training for the war horse. It was designed in the 19th century to compare and test cavalry…
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  • Surprising Finds Around Unionville

    Surprising Finds Around Unionville

    The Southern Chester County town boasts a charming network of shops.



    The village of Unionville is well known to foxhunters heading toward Cheshire hunt country. Just three miles north of Kennett Square, its…
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  • Ivan Dowling Bids Adieu

    Ivan Dowling Bids Adieu

    The recently retired huntsman had been at the helm since 2003.



    Ivan Dowling, the 42-year-old, recently retired Huntsman for Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, is part of the nearly 400-year-old tradition of fox hunting…
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  • Farewell to Frolic

    Farewell to Frolic

    The Brandywine Valley remembers one of its icons.



    Early on Sunday morning, April 24, 2016, a bright candle in a window of a 17th-century home near the banks of the…
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  • The Hats Have It

    The Hats Have It

    At the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, it’s all about fabulous fashion, especially hats.



    For the last 119 years, at least half the competitors at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair have had exceptionally long…
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  • Driving ‘Round the Bend

    Driving ‘Round the Bend

    A look back at Frolic Weymouth’s unique carriages.



    George A. “Frolic” Weymouth had owned carriages since 1960, the year he bought his 18th-century Chadds Ford farmhouse at The Big Bend.…
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  • All in the Family

    All in the Family

    Steeplechase events are a multigenerational affair.



    Horses don’t have the only bloodlines in steeplechasing. It’s a family sport, enjoyed by generations of equine enthusiasts.  Jill Abbott, race director…
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  • Master of the Cellar

    Master of the Cellar

    Downingtown’s Don Cochran has helped design many wine cellars across the Brandywine Valley.



    Don Cochran. There’s an existential “chicken or the egg”-type question for anyone who wants a wine cellar:  Does…
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  • WREX is Part of a Robotics Revolution

    WREX is Part of a Robotics Revolution

    Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is pioneering technology for children with neurodevelopmental and musculoskeletal disorders.



    Growing up is tough enough. Now imagine being unable to lift your arms high enough to drink from a cup, throw a…
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  • A Barn for all Reasons–Especially Parties

    A Barn for all Reasons–Especially Parties

    A West Chester firm is helping create rustic, multifunctional spaces across Chester County.



    “Be sure to bring your mud boots,” Jeannette Lindvig warned. And, indeed, it is raining, cold and gusty when I arrive at…
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  • History of Steeplechase Racing

    History of Steeplechase Racing

    From Ireland to the Brandywine Valley, the sport has a rich history.



    The first steeplechase took place in 1752 in County Cork, Ireland, a 4.5-mile match race across the countryside. Soon, the sport was off to…
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  • Returning to Sidesaddle in Kennett Square

    Returning to Sidesaddle in Kennett Square

    On March 27, Plantation Field will host this first-of-this-century event.



    More than most sports, riding to the hounds is all about tradition, speaking of a time of vast estates, gamekeepers, manor houses…
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  • Healing With Horses

    Healing With Horses

    For those suffering from emotional and physical disabilities, equine therapy provides solace and instills self-confidence.



    Pam Liverman couldn’t escape the feeling of failure. Her husband was dying of cancer at the age of 45, and she could do nothing…
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  • An Orchid Extravaganza

    An Orchid Extravaganza

    From the hands of Longwood Gardens display designer Jim Sutton.



    Unlike most of us, Jim Sutton knew at an early age what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.…
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  • The Worlds of Sarah McRae Morton

    The Worlds of Sarah McRae Morton

    A classically trained palette reinterprets the past.



    The painted images have a wind-raked quality to them, the colors saturated and vibrant, yet colors of the earth. Figures appear and…
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  • Antique Ice Tool Museum in West Chester

    Antique Ice Tool Museum in West Chester

    A place to honor one of America’s biggest 19th-century exports.



    Peter Stack has an interesting trivia question for you. If cotton was America’s biggest export product during the 1800s, what was second…
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  • The Rebirth of the Delaware Art Museum

    The Rebirth of the Delaware Art Museum

    With a fresh start, the Wilmington institution can now put the focus back on art.



    Delaware Art Museum marked its centennial in 2012, with much to be proud of in its past but a deep uncertainty about…
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  • The Holiday Duck Hunt

    The Holiday Duck Hunt

    Mother Nature provides the bounty.



    Thanksgiving dawns cold. There is no snow; the weakening storm of yesterday afternoon that once threatened has instead passed further inland on…
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  • National Dog Show

    National Dog Show

    1,500 stellar canines strut their stuff.



    Birthday gifts come in all sizes and shapes. For his 54th, Willistown’s Steve Sansone received a Giant Schnauzer named Bacchus. The canine…
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