13th Triennial Coaching Day On April 27, 2008

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Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119

For Immediate Release

STRATFORD, VA, (April 9, 2008) – Stratford Hall’s 13th Triennial Coaching Day will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2008 from 9 AM to 5 PM.

This all day event will include a parade of antique horse-drawn coaches and carriages, a tailgate picnic competition, a performance by the Lancaster High School Marching Band, equestrian and canine demonstrations, an 18th-century-style hunting exhibit, Windsor furniture-making exhibit, concessions including food and refreshments and tours of the Great House. Also, Ignatius Hats of Petersburg will be exhibiting for the first time.

“Coaching Day is a unique opportunity for visitors to Stratford Hall to get a sense of travel in the 18th century,” said Paul Reber, Executive Director. “For nearly 40 years Coaching Day has served not only as a major fund raising event to help further the mission of Stratford Hall, but also to bring history to life.”

Coaching Day was founded by the late Dr. E. Douglas Vere Nicoll of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the late Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss, Stratford Director for Rhode Island and the mother of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The 2008 Coaching Co-Chairs are Mrs. E. Kimbark MacColl, Jr., Stratford Director for Oregon, and Mrs. Bonnie Buchanan Matheson, Stratford Director for Rhode Island. Stratford Honorary Director Mrs. Franklin Leigh Burke of Georgia is Honorary Chairman for this year’s event.

Equestrian demonstrations will include vaulting by Paradise Vaulters of Gloucester and Blue Star Vaulters of Suffolk; a drill team demonstration by FIRC Icelandic Horse Drill Team of Mathias, WV; Medieval and Samurai Archery demonstrations by Parodi’s Paradise Medieval Martial Arts of Gloucester, and a demonstration of ridden tandem by Pam Umberger of Copper Crest Farm, Wytheville.

Canine demonstrations will be by the Ashland Bassets of Warrenton and the Farmington Beagles of Charlottesville. The popular Jack Russell Terrier races will include a warm up, hurdles and a steeplechase race. For those wishing to enter their Jack Russell please contact Richard Hinde at 540-967-1121. The first place winner of the steeplechase race will receive $50; second place will win $35 and third place, $20. The entry fee for the hurdles is $5 and $10 for the steeplechase races.

Exhibits will include Windsor chair-making by Locust Farm Windsors and an 18-century Hunting exhibit by the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society of Fredericksburg. Dr. Douglas Sanford from Mary Washington University will be on hand to discuss archeological findings at the Oval site. In addition, Phil McKenney will do caricature drawings and there will be pony rides for children provided by the Wards from King George.

General admission advance ticket price is $12.50 for adults, $15 at the gate day of event; children under 12 are free. Advance general admission tickets are available at Stratford Hall.

Tailgate spaces are $75 and include general admission for up to four people. Additional people with the vehicle are $12.50 in advance; $15 at the gate. Tailgate vehicle tickets must be bought in advance at Stratford. Tailgate competition will include awards in three different categories: Most Elegant, Most Tempting Cuisine and Most Humorous.

Stratford is most grateful to the following companies that are supporting our Coaching Day event. They include our Title Sponsor, The Price Group of Davenport & Company LLC. Our Platinum Sponsors are Rosner Toyota and Christie’s Auctions. Our Gold Sponsors are Bank of Lancaster and Brown-Forman Company. Bronze Sponsors are The King Agency, Jefferson’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP, Sklar Technology Partners and the B.H. Baird Insurance Agency. Our Friends Sponsors are Northern Neck State Bank and Design Printing.

Spectators attending Coaching Day can register at the Stratford Plantation Store for a Stratford Silk Coaching Scarf valued at $75.

For a complete schedule of events and times, please visit the Stratford web site at www.stratford.org. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information call 804-493-8038 or e-mail,

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