Top breeding, racing stables to open doors to the public

DAYTRIPPING

May 17, 1992

While some of us like to peek into other people's houses, others may like to see their stables. You can do so during the 33rd annual Hunt Country Stable Tour in Upperville and Middleburg, Va., Saturday and next Sunday.

Fourteen of the nation's top thoroughbred breeding and racing stables will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can visit Blue Ridge Farm, one of the state's oldest breeding farms; Kent Farm, the residence of Washington Redskins' owner Jack Kent Cooke, with its fine string of Tennessee walking horses; Rokeby, the world-famous stables of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, and the Middleburg Equine Swim Center. Other attractions are an exhibition polo match, weather permitting; Civil War presentations by noted authors and historians; and an art exhibit and luncheon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville.

Tickets can be purchased at the Trinity Church for $15; $7.50 for children under 12. Luncheon tickets cost $8. Call (703) 592-3711.

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