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How Do I Remember the Late Bruce Smart?

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Looking down at the pond and the stable at Trappe Hill Farm/Photo by Rhonda Lane

On Thanksgiving 2018, Trappe Hill Farm co-owner, Virginia Hunt Country booster, former corporate CEO, and, yes, former Reagan administration official Bruce Smart passed away.

While I was working onĀ my post about Genuine Risk, I had been clicking over to Facebook only to see another horseman posting condolences about Bruce Smart passing away.

I’d met Bruce almost ten years ago on the same day I visited Genuine Risk’s grave in 2009. On that day, I had no idea Bruce was such a big deal in horse country and what impact meeting him would have on my interests.

Come with me into the Wayback Machine:

Hunt Country Stable Tour, Day Two, Part 1

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Looking down at the pond and the stable at Trappe Hill Farm/Photo by Rhonda Lane
Looking down at the pond and the stable at Trappe Hill Farm/Photo by Rhonda Lane

Part 3 of the Virginia Hunt Country Stable Tour series

On the second day of our Virginia Hunt Country Stable Tour, we rolled out of our Chantilly hotel and drove west on US 50 with the knowledge that we were racing stormy weather.

And we had a big plans, too – a farm with endurance Arabians, the former home of a late Kentucky Derby winner, a stable of English shires and an afternoon capped by polo.

But would we beat the impending storms that loomed over us like the overcast sky and muggy air?