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Breakfast of Champions

Publisher, sportsman and philanthropist Arthur W. “Nick” Arundel hustled to the paddock just in time to see his big bay horse walk on the course for the $50,000 Porsche International Gold Cup timber race at Great Meadow on October 20th. “Good luck,” Arundel said to jockey Robbie Walsh. “See you on the stand,” he added mischievously.
For the past 30-plus years, Arundel has brought steeplechase racing to center stage for area spectators and participants. He served on the board of directors for the races and continues to act as chairman of the Great Meadow Foundation. Arundel had just come from the other side of the official’s tower, where
artist Alexa King’s bronze sculpture of Saluter (sixtime winner of the Virginia Gold Cup and twotime winner of the International Gold Cup) was unveiled to a crowd of 38,000.

Seven minutes, one and four-fifths seconds later, Arundel was on the stand (as he so cannily predicted) accepting a lovely trophy. Irishman Walsh rode his horse, Seeyouattheevent, to victory – and set a course record along the way. The stunning gold trophy was first used in competition in the United States in the 1930s and is known as The King of Spain International Gold Cup Perpetual Trophy. Named in honor of his King Alfonso XIII, it was later donated by Alfred M. Hunt.

In other Hunt Country events, EveFout recently captured the Field Hunter Championship of America by riding her horse, Morning Pleasure, in a series of competitions. Mary Lea and Jim Treptow took Margaret and Trow Littleton along for a 42-minute flight up to New Jersey to watch their horse, Rebellion, run in the Breeder’s Cup races. At the Unison Days Celebration, Piedmont Fox Hounds huntsman Richard Roberts brought the hounds down the main road of the village for a meet-and-greet session with the neighbors.

Richard Roberts with the Piedmont hounds Richard Roberts with the Piedmont hounds
Richard Roberts with the Piedmont hounds Richard Roberts with the Piedmont hounds

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