Field Secretary Reports on Meeting Of Virginia Horsemens Association: Continuance of Groups Activities Assured by Grant Of ,000 From State, Daily Racing Form, 1942-05-11


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Field Secretary Reports on Meeting Of Virginia Horsemen s Association Continuance of Groups i Activities Assured by Grant Of ,000 From State WARRENTON, Va., May 9.— A report released by G. Nick Saegmuller, field secretary of the Virginia Horsemens Association, on the first annual meeting of the Virginia Horsemens Association at Front Royal, discloses that, through an endowment from this Commonwealth, continuance of the work of the association in connection with the thoroughbred horse, as well as draft animals and agriculture, in the state is assured. Other suggestions of the meeting were a suggestion by Henry Frost, Jr., of a Virginia -bred yearling thoroughbred show to which owners and trainers will be invited; a discussion on the advisability of repeating the teamsters short course conducted last winter at Blackburg; a general report on the satisfactory accomplishments of the association during the past year; speeches by Col. Paul H. Morris, commandant at Front Royal, who spoke on the purposes of the Remount and what it hopes to accomplish in his branch of the service, and Professor D. B. Johnstone-Wallace, of Cornell University, whose address dealt with pastures and pasture management. Another feature was Brigadier-General Raymond Kelsers recital of some of the early history of the Remount. He also told of the work being done at various depots in disease immunization and control. He stated that work on shipping fever was a primary project and opthalmia secondary. Much work has been done on those diseases as well as equine encephalomyelitis, infectious abortion, parasite control, glad-ers and dourine. President Gilpin Presides The meeting was called to order by President Kenneth N. Gilpin, master of Kentmere, Boyce, and a prominent breeder for years. Gilpin breifly described the formation of the Virginia Horsemens Association and, in discussing the part it is to play in this Commonwealth, said: "Here and now I want most seriously and earnestly to state to all of the members here present exactly what I told the -finance committee of the Virginia Senate and what I actually and seriously meant. " T am asking you gentlemen for ,000 of the states money for the Virginia Horsemens Association, I said. We are going to spend that money so that it will redound to the credit of the State of Virginia. It will mean greater sales of horses and increases in horse breeding interests to the state to create in taxable value more than ,000 to the state. If, for any reason, I prove to be wrong, I promise you I will not be back again in two years time asking fpr more money. " The yearling thoroughbred show, suggested by Henry Frost, will be held the week before the opening of Belmont Park, said secretary Saegmuller. The grounds of the Upperville Horse Show have been selected for displaying to trainers and owners of racing stables homebred products of this Dominion. The show will virtually be a "sneak" preview of the Saratoga Springs Sales yearlings, as all Virginia breeders consigning to the Spa have consented to parade prospects for the August auction mart. Before the show a luncheon will be given owners and trainers at Mrs. Dodge Sloanes Brookmeade Farm at Upperville, where is buried her great performer, Cavalcade. Arrangements are being made by the Virginia Horsemens Association to have a bus at Union Station, Washington, D. C, to transport the visitors to Upperville and, after their tour of inspection, return -them to the nations capital. Officers of the association are Kenneth N. Gilpin, president; David N. Rust, Jr., vice-president; A. Mackay-Smith, chairman of the board, and G. Nick Saegmuller, secretary - treasurer.

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