Horses & Hounds at Mount Vernon

November 14, 2015 – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join us on Saturday, November 14th for Horses & Hounds, Mount Vernon’s exciting new event that pays tribute to the greatest horseman of his age, George Washington!

Experience the rush of a simulated fox hunt demonstration on the estate of the Father of the American foxhound. Unlike in Washington’s time, no foxes will be hurt during this demonstration. A bag containing animal scent will be taken on a course around the 12-acre field. When one hound picks up the scent, the huntsman on horseback will signal the rest of the pack, and the hunt is officially on! During the fox hunt, visitors will learn about the sport of foxhunting and why Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his age.

Observe a cavalry demonstration on the 12-acre field before meeting the horses and hounds that Washington loved so much. Afterwards, learn about the crucial role these animals played in the American Revolution and meet Nelson, a horse similar to Washington’s very own beloved warhorse! Visit the estate’s modern livestock facilities for a chance to meet the horses, dogs, chickens, sheep, pigs, and cattle that call Mount Vernon home (free ticket required). Join Mount Vernon’s curators for Object Spotlight, when objects from George Washington’s 18th century sporting collection are put on display. Close the day by watching The Washington Cup, where horses and riders compete in series of judged skill competitions. The winner will be awarded the coveted Washington Cup!

Horses & Hounds tickets are required, but included for free with your general admission purchase.

Holiday Inn Express Alexandria knows that you’ll need a great DC area hotel after a long day of “hoofing it” at Mount Vernon. Let us accommodate you and yours with our convenience, value, and exceptional service.

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