Lexington, Va. – Feb. 5, 2017 – The Virginia Horse Center Foundation hosted a successful event on January 31, 2017 at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia. Upwards of 30 people were in attendance including members of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board, as well as friends of the Foundation.
Attendees were treated to a private tour of the museum’s current art exhibitions, ‘Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM’ and ‘The Chronicle of the Horse in Art,’ as well as highlights from the museum’s permanent collection.
Founded as the National Sporting Library in 1954, the institution has expanded to become a library, research facility and art museum with over 26,000 books and works of art in the collections. The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports.
Following the tour, a luncheon was held for participants. During the luncheon, Virginia Horse Center Foundation President Ernie Oare and CEO John Nicholson spoke. They addressed the attendees to discuss the mission and vision of the Horse Center, as well as their enthusiasm for the growth that they are seeing in the family and friends of the Horse Center particularly in Northern Virginia. The Virginia Horse Center recognizes that all areas of the state contribute to the overall equestrian culture of Virginia and need each other to succeed. The Virginia Horse Center is here to support all of our friends around the state and in the mid-Atlantic region.
“It was wonderful to have such a dedicated group of equestrians learn more about the Virginia Horse Center and the mission of the Foundation,” said Nicholson. “Middleburg is not just a top equestrian destination in Virginia, but it is one of the top equestrian destinations in the country. The residents understand the importance of the sport and its history – a legacy we hope to continue at the Virginia Horse Center with their support.”
To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center Foundation and its mission, please visit www.horsecenter.org.