This year’s poster artist, James Power, is certainly well acquainted with his subject. This year’s painting depicts the landing side of one of Montpelier’s iconic brush fences. The photo shown above is Mr. Power as a jockey in the 1960’s! Jim had a lifelong career with horses much of it spent in the position of stud groom for the major stud farm, Juddmonte Farms in England. One of his last feats was to foal and raise the legendary horse Frankel. Jim retired in 2011 and has devoted his time to painting with a passion for a wide variety of subjects, particularly the rural life of Suffolk, England where he resides. He is an active member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, winner of the Best Racing Picture in 2000, sponsored by Horse and Hound magazine and his paintings hang in collections around the world. See more of his work on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jamespowerartist/ This year’s painting will be on display and for sale by silent auction at the Races, and posters will be available signed by the Artist. To place a bid visit the Montpelier Store tent, the winner will be announced before the last race on Race day.
History of Montpelier Races
Marion duPont Scott started The Montpelier Hunt Races in 1934 on the
front lawn of James Madison’s home. The hurdle course features the only
live brush jumps in the Commonwealth of Virginia.