May 6, 2011 Dear Friend: The National Sporting Library & Museum will celebrate the opening of its new museum and inaugural exhibit with a gala and private three-day historic coaching drive October 7th - 9th, in Middleburg, Virginia. We invite you to become a sponsor of this extraordinary weekend event, which will attract an influential audience from around the world. The Museum’s Inaugural Exhibit Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal and Sporting Art (1585 – 1985) will feature exceptional works of art representing every category of the equestrian and field sports genres which convey how American animal and sporting artists have developed a unique national style reflective of the diversity of American traditions, the rich variety of our country’s wildlife, and the breadth of our national landscape. Never before has such an extensive collection of works in these genres been assembled and available for public viewing. An elite audience will be among the first to view the Inaugural Exhibit prior to the pubic opening. This privileged audience will also be invited to take part in a private rare coaching experience in the rolling countryside around Middleburg, Virginia, which has a reputation for attracting many of the world’s great equestrians and field enthusiasts for more than 200 years. The Opening Weekend offers the unique opportunity to showcase your commitment to American history and the arts, and to share this experience with affluent and influential opinion leaders and sporting enthusiasts. Sponsor levels and benefits are described in the attached package. We will be hosting two informational events about the Opening Weekend in both New York City on May 18th and Washington, DC on May 19 th at extraordinary private homes. We would also be pleased to schedule an exclusive “behind the scenes” tour for you at the Museum to view its treasures which include rare pieces of art and a glimpse at history, including first-edition rare books documenting hunting parties of royal nobles and original handwritten documents of President Theodore Roosevelt. We hope you will consider becoming a partner of the National Sporting Library & Museum to join with us in preserving the history, art and culture of the equestrian and field sports long into the future. We are happy to answer questions and discuss in further detail. For more information, please contact Melinda Gable at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 302-4794. Thank you for your interest in the National Sporting Library & Museum. Sincerely,
Ms. Jacqueline Badger Mars Chairman of the Gala Committee
Mr. Manuel Johnson Chairman of the Board
Sporting Library & Museum
E V E N T S U M M A R Y A new chapter in the history of the National Sporting Library & Museum
Board of Directors2
Manuel H. Johnson, Chairman Jacqueline B. Mars, V ice
of the Board
Charles Akre, Treasurer
Mimi Abel Smith Charles T. Akre, Jr. Hector Alcalde Thomas Anderson, Jr. Donald P. Brennan John Coles Donald G. Calder Timothy J. Greenan Helen K. Groves Clarke Ohrstrom Jacqueline L. Ohrstrom Dr. Betsee Parker Lorian Peralta-Ramos F. Turner Reuter, Jr. George A. Weymouth, Ex
To preserve, share, and promote the art, literature and culture of equestrian and field sports.
To fulfill our mission, NSLM is dedicated to providing educational programs and greater access to the public, students and virtual visitors.
Founding andHistory 2
The National SportingLibrary was founded in 1954, out of a desire to ensure book collections on equestrian and field sports remain intact and preserved. The intent of the visionary founders was to ensure their collections would be available to the public and future generations for the purpose of awareness, education, research and enjoyment.
Through art and
literature, the history, heritage and tradition of equestrian, hunting and fishing pursuits are told, educating future generations. NSLMâ€™s book and art collections tell a very important story of our country's history and the various roles these sporting pursuits play in recreation, society, wildlife habitat and preserving open space.
F O U N D E R S
George L. Ohrstrom, Sr .
George L. Ohrstrom, Jr..
NSLM is a premier center of rare and contemporary books on equestrian 2 and field sports. The National Sporting Library & Museum is the only institution in the world
whose sole focus is to preserve and share
art and literature of equestrian and field sports. NSLM is open to the public as well as researchers and scholars. Through-out the year, exhibits and lectures are held, enhancing the appreciation and understanding of the books, art and culture of equestrian and field sports.
more than 17,000 books and objects of art, representing the past 500 years. The Libraryâ€™s collection embodies
Bronze sculpture (above) Over the Wall, 1985 by Emma MacDermott (Irish, 20th Century)
Thoughts on Hunting (1781) by Peter Beckford contains a superb fore-edge painting, a term that refers to the image that appears when its pagesâ€™ leaves are fanned.
François Robichon de La Guérinière’s Ecole de Cavalerie (1733) which boasted ground-breaking text is still considered the equestrian “Bible” of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and it stands as an enduring landmark of equestrian literature.
An original manuscript by President Theordore Roosevelt, titled Foxhunting on Long Island.
Fishing and Shooting Sketches written by President Grover Cleveland in 1901. Cleveland succinctly defends the community of fishermen against those who considered the sport mere idle pleasure.
Seabiscuit Program – NSLM’s collections’ contain an original Official Souvenir Program from the famous 1938 race War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit.
TheNationalSportingLibrary 2 &Museum The National Sporting Library & Museum is poised on the brink of a new chapter in its evolution since its inception, in 1954 as a small private
museum and research library with holdings of international significance.
collection of sporting books, to a
Visitors will be welcomed through the doors of an 1804 historic house, now transformed into the new Museum, to view and enjoy animal and
in an inviting setting much like the houses for which these very works of art were originally commissioned. sporting art
Afield inAmerica:400Years of Animal and Sporting Art 1585-1985 2 The Museumâ€™s inaugural exhibit will feature
works of art representing every category of the equestrian and field sports genre which convey how American animal and sporting artists have developed a unique national style reflective of the
diversity of American
traditions, the rich variety of our countryâ€™s wildlife, and the breadth of our national landscape. Never before has such an extensive collection of works in these genres been assembled and available for public viewing.
Animal & Sporting Artists in America by F. Turner Reuter, Jr. published by The National Sporting Library & Museum, chronicles the evolution of the genre.
2 October 7th-9th Opening Weekend Historic CoachingDrive, To commemorate the opening of the Museum and premier exhibit, more than twenty-five exquisite four-in-hand coaches from across the country will gather for a three day Coaching Drive taking you back to a
more than a century old tradition of horsemanship and elegance.
different era, and preserving
Such an affair is rare to witness and experience. As you take your carriage seat, horses and man form a pageant, exhibiting their best in clothing and carriage design, with sounds of trotting horses, cracking whips, and coaching horns boasting the art of the stylish carriages. Presentation of the carriages will take place on Saturday morning at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show Grounds, home of the oldest horse show in America. Spectators will view pageantry of carriages while an announcer describes the horses and coaches, delving into the disciplineâ€™s history.
2 Opening Weekend Event Summary,October 7th-9th National Sporting Library & Museum Gala
Gala Tent, National Sporting Library & Museum Campus
Celebrate with donors and leading figures in the equestrian and field sports arena as you enjoy an unforgettable evening toasting the National Sporting Library & Museum. Museum Opening VIP Reception
Founders Room, National Sporting Library & Museum Campus
Mingle with top sponsors, donors and NSLM Board of Directors and enjoy a private viewing of the new museum and the inaugural exhibit of rare works of art, many on public display for the first time. Whipâ€™s Welcome Dinner
Home of Chairman of the Board Manuel Johnson
Kick off the weekend with a rare opportunity to meet the exclusive group of individuals from across the country (aka The Whips) that own and care for the exquisite coaches. Historic Coaches Drive
Countryside of Upperville, Virginia
Step back in time as you climb aboard a carriage and ride from the Upperville Show Grounds through the gentle country roads of the area. Listen to the sounds of trotting horses, cracking whips, and coaching horns and enjoy a rare opportunity to participate in a more than century old tradition of horsemanship and elegance.
2 October 7th-9th Opening Weekend Event Summary, Coaching Luncheon
Llangollen Estate, Virginia
Enjoy a luncheon at the historic private estate located on more than a thousand acres, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and home to the private Virginia International Polo Club. Luncheon in grand style of days of old as you watch the coaching carriages drive up the main house and park among the guests. Champagne Presentation of Coaches
Upperville Colt and Horse Show Grounds
Sip champagne with top sponsors, individual donors and NSLM Board of Directors as you watch the pageantry of the carriages from the historic viewing stands, while an announcer describes the horses and coaches, delving into the disciplineâ€™s history, at the home of the oldest horse show in America. Coaches Barbeque Luncheon
Upperville Colt and Horse Show Grounds
Conclude your fabulous country weekend with the sponsors, Whips, and NSLM Board of Directors as they return from their final carriage drive and bring to a close this historic three-day event with a home style Virginia barbeque at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show Grounds.
NationalSportingLibrary &Museum 2 Donor Demographics
NSLM donors and event attendees are affluent and influential, leading preeminent lifestyles. Whether their passion is for equestrian or sporting pursuits, they care deeply about the land and natural resources. They travel, enjoy arts, intellectual pursuits, field sports and are passionately engaged in their outdoor lifestyles. Who they are: ·
Key Money Managers
Private Equity Players
Hedge Fund Managers
Forbes 400 Billionaires
CEO’s and Business Owners
Served in Presidential Administrations
Most likely they have: ·
Investible income of $2 million and upwards of $10+ million
Own 2+ residences
Own 50+ acres and upwards of 1,500 acres
Live in the most affluent residential and rural communities throughout the country
Own or fly on a private jet for travel
Own 3+ vehicles, including an SUV and luxury car
Own 3+ horses
Take more than 4+ trips per year, nationally and internationally
CEO’s and Business Owners
NSLM events provide a place to connect and engage in their passions while supporting the arts and literature.