Art: Noble Corral

The Commonwealth of Virginia has seen its share of dramatic horse shows in the past 300 years, but none has ever involved so much high-powered sponsorship as the one now going on in Richmond. Director Leslie Cheek Jr. of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts first began working on it back in 1954, when two sporting gentlemen on his board of trustees fell to talking about their favorite subject. Trustee Paul Mellon agreed to help raise the money, and both President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth were signed on as honorary patrons. Gradually—from the stately homes of England, the châteaux and museums...

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