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Fox Chase Farm's Rich History Contributes to Present and Future Success

Middleburg, VA - January 27, 2009 - Along with offering the $20,000 TCH Fox Chase Show Series, Fox Chase Farm provides exhibitors with a show experience as rich in history as it is in prize money. Fox Chase Farm, located in Middleburg, VA, has endured decades in the heart of hunt country, hosting fox hunts, trail rides, horse shows and riding lessons, as well as visits from renowned celebrities and television crews.

Before Mr. and Mrs. Timothy C. Hanley purchased the farm in September of the year 2000, the facility went by many different names over the decades. Originally named Colony Farms, the place was owned by the legendary Benny O'Meara, a horseman whose enthusiastic spirit continues on today through countless stories told by local horsemen in the community.

"There are so many stories about Mr. O'Meara," commented Maureen Hanley, daughter of the late Timothy C. Hanley and Director of Operations for Fox Chase Farm. "Supposedly he would line up his staff in the indoor arena and jump over them! I guess he jumped everything and anything, from people to trucks, tractors and cars. They say he was a natural rider and had a way with the horses, riding, and winning in the show ring against the very best."

O'Meara produced many top show jumpers, including Silver Lining, Grey Lady and The Hood, who he rode to win the prestigious Jumper Championship at the National Horse Show. Unfortunately O'Meara was killed in a tragic plane crash in the early 1970s at the young age of 30. After his death, his horse, Gone Flying, won the National Horse Show Jumper Championship with Barney Ward in the irons.

When the ownership of Colony Farms changed hands, it became The Stallion Station, a Thoroughbred breeding operation that was owned by several retired Redskin football players. It later became Paper Chase, a boarding and training facility.

The farm took on the moniker Fox Chase Farm when the Hanleys became the new owners. "We named the farm in honor of its notable location in the best part of hunt country," noted Hanley.

In addition to talented horsemen and women, celebrities such as country music star Shania Twain and actor William Shatner have visited the farm. Ms. Twain spent time there while on tour, parking her bus on the property and riding horses during her time off. Mr. Shatner also rode at the farm while passing through town.

In September of 2003, Fox Chase Farm was featured on "Perfect Proposal," a television show on The Learning Channel (TLC). In the episode, one of the reality stars proposed to his girlfriend at the farm after they went on a trail ride. Additionally, the farm has been featured twice on the local Fox News 5 with Tony Perkins. The first news cast included former Redskin kicker Mark Moseley, and the second involved Redskins players riding horses as a spoof for their upcoming game against the Dallas Cowboys.

At another time, contestants from the CBS show "The Amazing Race" were filmed at Fox Chase Farm. The farm had also received requests from NBC to film scenes for the show "The West Wing."

Fox Chase Farm currently plays host to the $20,000 TCH Fox Chase Show Series, which started on January 10, 2009. The horse show series is an annual non-rated show circuit for equestrians in the Virginia area, and the farm hosts two shows a month. Competitions continue throughout the year until late September.

Fox Chase Farm also provides free online classifieds for local equestrians and businesses in the area. This free service is available on the farm's website. Members of the equestrian community can buy and sell horses and ponies, tack, farm equipment, cars, trucks, trailers, and post Help Wanted ads.

To advertise for free on the Fox Chase Farm website, please go to http://www.foxchasefarm.net and click on "Free Online Classifieds."

For more information on Fox Chase Farm, please go to http://www.foxchasefarm.net or call their main office at 540-687-5255.

 

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