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Fox Chase Farm Contributes to Equine Industry with Top-Quality Riding Clinics

Middleburg, VA - November 18, 2008 - Fox Chase Farm based in Middleburg, VA, is pleased to announce two upcoming riding clinics that will be held at the farm this fall. Fox Chase Farm, which offers an annual non-rated show circuit for local equestrians, hosts numerous clinics, fundraisers, and educational events for Virginia riders and horse enthusiasts. In the next few weeks, professional trainers Scott Hofstetter and Kathy Kusner will conduct clinics for riders of all ages and experience levels.

Scott Hofstetter's two-day clinic is scheduled for December 6-7 at Fox Chase Farm, and Kathy Kusner, who is originally from the Middleburg area, will travel from California to conduct her clinic the weekend of December 13-14, 2008. Maureen Hanley, Director of Operations of Fox Chase Farm, LLC, manages all of the clinics at the farm, as well as the Timothy C. Hanley Memorial Fox Chase Horse Show Series, named in honor of her late father.

"We are really excited about this fall's clinic schedule," smiled Hanley. "Middleburg's most famous resident is the horse, and we have had many talented teachers, riders and legendary horsemen and woman teach at our farm and give back to the equestrian industry. These clinicians have made such a strong imprint in our sport, and we are thrilled to have trainers such as Kathy Kusner continue to share their knowledge with the talented riders in our area. The generosity of horsemen like Scott Hofstetter, who is traveling to our little barn from his fabulous barn in Ocala, Florida, says a lot about how much they contribute to our local equestrian community."

Hofstetter of Copley Place is a nationally recognized hunter/jumper rider and trainer who owns and operates a full care training facility in Ocala, FL. As a junior rider, he won the 1986 ASPCA Maclay Equitation Finals. Some of his professional accomplishments include winning the Leading Rider Award at shows such as the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, the Capital Challenge Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, and the National Horse Show. He has also judged some of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the country.

Kathy Kusner is also a renowned equestrian legend. She was named Horsewoman of the Year by the American Horse Shows Association before joining the United States Equestrian Team at the age of 21. Representing the United States, she rode in three Olympic Games - Tokyo (1964), Mexico City (1968), and Munich (1972), where she won the Silver Medal. She was also a member of the U.S. team in two Pan American Games, winning the Gold Medal in Sao Paulo in1963 and the Silver Medal in Winnipeg in 1967. Additionally, she was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 2000, she was named one of the 50 most influential horsemen of the 20th century by The Chronicle of the Horse and the American Horse Shows Association, and she was also inducted into the Virginia Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame. In 2005, she received the Pegasus Medal of Honor from the United States Equestrian Federation and was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Kusner stated, "I very much like giving clinics at Fox Chase Farm; it is a great facility, with a large indoor ring that has the type of equipment that I like to use. Maureen Hanley, the owner, has become a very good friend of mine. It is all a pleasure."

"For me, I think about conducting clinics for riders as education," said Kusner. "Not for [just] young riders, but for riders and horse people. We all benefit from learning more - learning what we don't know, no matter what the subject. Similar to why we take courses at community colleges; it's the same with horses, riding and competing. We benefit from taking classes from people that have had experience and knowledge that is beyond what we have had in those fields. This goes for all of us. We never stop learning new and better information - hopefully."

Fox Chase Farms recently became the first non-rated horse shows series to be affiliated with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). Their horse show series starts on January 10, 2009, and hosts two shows a month until late September. At the end of the series, a year-end award banquet with $20,000 in prize money will be held for its participants.

For more information on Fox Chase Farm, the upcoming clinics, or the horse show series, please go to http://www.foxchasefarm.net. To contact Maureen Hanley, please call the main office at 540-687-5255.

Photo Caption: Scott Hofstetter competing in the professional hunters. Photo (C) 2005 Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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