National Sporting Library & Museum

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Library: Free | Museum Free to NSLM Members

General Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older) $8, Youth (13–18) $8, Youth (12 & under) Free

Free Admission on Wednesdays and last Sundays of the month.

The NSLM is closed on federal holidays. 
In the case of bad weather, the NSLM follows Loudoun County school district decisions.

102 The Plains Road
Middleburg, Virginia 20118-1335
Telephone: (540) 687-6542
Fax: (540) 302-8052

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Ongoing Events

Sunday Sketch  First Sunday of the month, Museum 
Curatorial Talks Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., Museum
Free Admission Days Wednesdays and Last Sunday of Every Month, Museum


Saturday, January 17, 2015 | Free Admission Day
Visit the Museum to see the new exhibition, Sporting Accoutrements: The Still Lifes of Henry Koehler.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 | Sunday Sketch | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Each month a local art teacher or artist will lead a sketching session in the art galleries, guiding participants on style, composition, or another aspect of drawing. Drawing Supplies (pencils, paper, sketchboards, clipboards) will be provided for attendees. The program is free and open to the public. Participants will receive free admission to the Museum. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is encouraged. Email or call Educational Programs Manager Erin Livengood at or 540-687-6542 ext 25 to sign up.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 │ “Tying a Fly for all Reasons” | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
A Fly Tying Demonstration by Marcia Woolman
R.S.V.P. early space is limited

Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Movie Day | 1:00 pm
Details to be announced.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 | Conversations with Daniels Fellows | 2:00 pm
Elizabeth Tobey, editor and translator discusses the publication of Frederico Grisone's The Rules of Riding: An English Edited Translation of the First Renaissance Treatise on Classical Horsemanship.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 | Sunday Sketch | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Each month a local art teacher or artist will lead a sketching session in the art galleries, guiding participants on style, composition, or another aspect of drawing. Drawing Supplies (pencils, paper, sketchboards, clipboards) will be provided for attendees. The program is free and open to the public. Participants will receive free admission to the Museum. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is encouraged. Email or call Educational Programs Manager Erin Livengood at or 540-687-6542 ext 25 to sign up.

Sunday, April 5, 2015 | Sunday Sketch | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Each month a local art teacher or artist will lead a sketching session in the art galleries, guiding participants on style, composition, or another aspect of drawing. Drawing Supplies (pencils, paper, sketchboards, clipboards) will be provided for attendees. The program is free and open to the public. Participants will receive free admission to the Museum. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is encouraged. Email or call Educational Programs Manager Erin Livengood at or 540-687-6542 ext 25 to sign up.

Friday, April 10, 2015 | Sporting Accoutrements: The Still Lifes of Henry Koehler | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Meet the Artist and Reception
Circle Members & Guardians Event

Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Free Admission Day | Meet the Artist - Henry Koehler from noon to 1 p.m.


Thursday, December 11, 2014 | Hemingway’s Guns: The Sporting Arms of Ernest Hemingway | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Speaker: Silvio Calabi, Author of Hemingway’s Guns
Admission $10│Members free

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | A Sportsman en plein air: C.D. Clarke | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gallery talk with the Artist
Circle Members & Guardians Event

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | NSLM Open House | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Poetry reading by Catherine Staples on The Rattling Window | Gallery Talk with John H. Daniels Fellow Martha Wolfe
Open to the public

November 13, 2014│Treasures of the Rare Book Room
Max Wyndham, 2nd Baron Egremont, Biographer of Siegfried Sassoon
Circle Members Event

Thursday, October 9, 2014 │All the Queen’s Horses | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception│Lecture by Hugo Vickers, Author & Biographer
Circle Members Event

Saturday, October 4, 2014│Middleburg Fall Races | 12:30 – 4:30 pm
NSLM Cup Celebrating 60 years of the Virginia Fall Races

October 2, 2014│Edward Troye: America’s First Great Equine Artist | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception & Lecture by Jeffery Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator, VMFA
Admission $10 │ Members free

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Summer Open House | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Clarice Smith Lecture at 7:00 p.m. | Archive Preview by John Connolly, Librarian | "Coming Home Series" by Daniels Fellow Martha Wolfe | Five Dollar Book Sale
Admission free

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | "Great Meadow: Moving to the Next Level" by Robert L. Banner, Jr., President of Great Meadow | Banner lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Admission $10 | Members free

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 7:00 P.M. | Lecture and Q & A | “Equitation Science” by Daniels Fellow Andrew McLean, Ph. D., Australia
Admission free

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Public Lecture Series: "Keeping the Competition Horse Sound" by Dr. Kent Allen, U.S.E.F. Veterinarian and Advisor, Eventing | Allen lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Admission free

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | NSLM Summer Open House
Admission free

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Benefit Polo Match & Luncheon
Ticket and sponsorship information or contact

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. John Blackburn , AIA | Book Signing, Healthy Stables by Design
6:00 p.m. reception | 7:00 p.m. lecture
Admission $10 | Members free

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Gallery Talk with Artist Clarice Smith
Public Lecture Series
Admission free

Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission Day | Used Book Sale
Art in the Burg | Curatorial Talks

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Side Saddle Symposium
Limited seating. Please reserve youyr place now.

The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) Side Saddle Symposium will provide an overview of the sport with leading practitioners talking about history, attire, riding, judging and participating. The symposium has been organized by moderator Lorian Peralta-Ramos and features presentations by Shelly Liggett, history; Jeannie Whited, attire; Mark Thompson, judging; Devon Zebrovious, riding; Penny Denegre, participation; and Professor Alison L. Goodrum, Manchester, England, an NSLM 2010-2011 John H. Daniels Fellow, who will speak about her research and the NSLM archives. There also will be conversations in related exhibits with curators and rare book expert Richard Hooper. A reception will include conversation with guest of honor Rose Marie Bogley, retired side saddle champion (1967 - 2009) and retired side saddle judge Jimmy Hatcher

Click here to read more and see the registration form: Side Saddle Symposium 

Click here to see Penny Denegre on Garnet at Upperville: Video 

Click here to read about the side saddle exhibit Riding Aside by the Book.

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reception, Lecture and Book Signing
7:00 p.m. Lecture by Stephanie Grant Millham, The Legacy of Master Nuno Oliveira.
Books available from
Admission $10.00 Members FREE

Symposium: "Perspectives on Teaming with Nature," Founders’ Room, Library, November 16, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The symposium features highly influential people who are deeply engaged with the natural world in their respective fields. Participants will be able to learn about how these leaders have creatively "teamed" with nature in art history, science, historic preservation, education and the visual arts. Panelists: Thomas E. Lovejoy, Eleanor Jones Harvey, Gerald Adelmann and James Prosek.There will be presentations by Lisa Roberts, arts, science and technological media educator who will talk about ways to build awareness in museums and other educational settings and Perry Mathewes, a horticultural specialist, who will talk about lessons from historic gardening practices and current horticultural operations at historic sites.Symposium participants will have the exceptional opportunity to view the art of contemporary artist-naturalists Robin Hill and Meg Page and discuss their work informally.

A reception follows. Read more about the speakers  SEE THE PROGRAM
Limited seating $50.00 ($35.00 members)
Call 540-687-6542 ext. 10 or complete the attached form as instructed: Registration Form 

To read about other NSLM symposia, click here: NSLM Symposia

Reception and Lecture by George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera, December 5, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Library
Ivy Circle, Chairman's Council and Guardians

Philip Dutton Book Signing, October 30, 2013, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., Library
Book signing for Olympic three-day event medalist Philip Dutton.
7:00 lecture by Philip Dutton Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton: The Complete Resource: Training, Conditioning, and Competing in All Three Phases. An introduction by Paul Cronin.

Reception and Open House, October 17, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. lecture by Robin Hill, Library and 7:00 p.m. gallery talk by Meg Page, Museum. Sponsored by NSLM Corporate Partner

Howard Allen Talk and Book Signing, October 13, 2013, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., Library 
Unforgotten Times: Jackie Kennedy’s Happy Days in the Virginia Hunt Country includes never-before-seen photographs taken by Howard Allen, who served as the unofficial Kennedy family photographer during their time in Middleburg, Virginia. 5:00 p.m. talk by Howard Allen.

Reception in Honor of the Clark Bequest, October 3, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Museum
Reception in honor of the bequest of two important 19th century British sporting paintings to the NSLM from Kathryn James (Kats) Clark in memory of Stephen C. Clark, Jr. Open to the public. Sponsored by Doyle, New York.

Opening Reception, September 27, 2013 
Angling in the Western World, Ivy Circle, Chairman’s Council, Library and Museum

NSLM Benefit Polo Match and Luncheon, September 15, 2013, VIPolo site, Upperville, VA
B. Tim and Michelle Brookshire, Event Chairmen
Jacqueline Mars, Honorary Chairman
Ann Nitze, Host Committee Chair
To read more about leadership and sponsors, please click here: More
Read about the event: Washington Life, The Georgetowner, NSLM

Reception and Open House, September 5, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
6:00 Jesse Freidin gallery talk, "Contemporary Hunters and Their Dogs" Read more
Please note: the Howard Allen book signing originally scheduled for September 5th has been changed to October 13, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Brough Scott Lecture and Book Signing, September 12, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Brough Scott is a graduate of Oxford University, and as an amateur and professional jockey, rode over 100 horses to the winners circle. Scott is also an award winning journalist and author of seven books. His latest book published in September is Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius. Scott also republished his grandfather’s 1934 book about his famed cavalry horse, Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse.

Battle of Middleburg 150th Commemoration, June 16, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
A talk by Childs Burden, "Horses of the Civil War," to be held on the Vine Hill steps of the Museum. See the sculpture image.

Reception and Open House, June 6, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Curator talks in the Library at 6:00 p.m. and the Museum at 6:30 p.m.

"Summer in February,” Private Movie Preview, Sunday, April 21, 2013
“SUMMER IN FEBRUARY” is based on a true story and stars DOMINIC COOPER, EMILY BROWNING and DAN STEVENS. The film revolves around the larger-than-life and controversial painter Sir Alfred Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain’s most sought-after artists. Join us for an exciting dinner and movie at the National Sporting Library and Museum. Read more  Read Country Life

Read about "Summer in February" Event Leadership and Sponsors; Bloomberg News ; Washington Life ; The Georgetowner ; The Middleburg Eccentric ; TWG blog ; Washington Life ; Manner of Man Magazine; Royal Academy of Arts

National Sporting Library & Museum Book Fair, Library, May 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This event is part of the 54th Hunt Country Stable Tour.
On Saturday from 10:00-5:00, the NSLM will host a Book Fair offering book signings and scheduled brief lectures by four authors in the Library’s lecture hall, the Founders’ Room. This event is free and open to the public.
The authors are as follows:
12:00 Rita Mae Brown – New York Times Bestselling author, Murder Unleashed (2012).
1:00 Dorothy Ours – John H. Daniels Fellow, Battleship: A Daring Heiress, A Teenage Jockey, and America’s Horse (2013).
2:00 Jan Neuharth – Popular Middleburg author, The Kill: A Hunt Country Suspense Novel (2010).
3:00 Jill Deiss -book conservationist on the restoration of Thomas Jefferson's set of the works of Aeschylus

An NSLM duplicate book sale will be in progress on the second floor of the Library with horsemanship, horseracing, foxhunting, angling, hunting and dogs books. Sale proceeds benefit the NSLM Book Fund. Posters and DVDs will also be for sale. Jill Deiss, of Cat Tail Run Book Binding, will give book binding and conservation demonstrations throughout the day. Second Chapter Booksof Middleburg will sell author books and other selections. To pre-order books, call 540-687-7016.

James Wofford Book Signing, Library, May 16, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Introduction by Olympian Karen O’Connor and lecture by James Wofford Read Wofford's Fox Covert blog

Middleburg Arts Council, Art in the Burg Art Walk, April 27, 2013
In support of the MAC event, the NSLM Museum will remain open until 7 p.m.
A curator led tour of the Museum will be at 4 p.m. Read more.

Kentucky Derby Party for Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council, May 4, 2013 Canceled

Reception and Open House, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 4:30-7:30

Stroll through the Museum, hear a lecture and enjoy a winetasting in the Library. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Lecture, Founders’ Room, Library, “Abbott Thayer and the Uncloaking of Camouflage” by Roy R. Behrens, Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa. *This lecture is a part of the NSLM Public Lecture Series provided by an anonymous donor. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception, Library Winetasting provided by The Boxwood Winery

Celebration and Lecture for Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council
Celebration of the exhibition Intersection: Field Sports and the Evolution of Conservation, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall.
Intersection is on view through March 1, 2013.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, Library
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Lecture 6:15 p.m., Founders' Room
Speaker Thomas E. Lovejoy, acclaimed conservationist and originator of the term “biodiversity”
Ivy Circle and Chairman's Council members rsvp jsheehan@nsl,org, 540-687-6542,ext 10 by January 25, 2013

Read about Intersection in Middleburg Eccentric, December 2012


About NSLM Events

The National Sporting Library and Museum holds special events such as symposia, lectures, tours, open houses for the communuity and museum exhibition previews. There is an annual Duplicate Book Sale in the fall and a Book Fair during Hunt Country Stable Tour weekend. The annual NSLM/Chronicle Cup Timber Stakes Trophy award is given in the fall.There is a Benefit Polo Match and Luncheon.

One of the benefits of Ivy Circle and Chairman's Council membership is the opportunity to participate in "Treasures from the Rare Book Room" and Celebration lectures which feature major speakers such as Lord Charles Cecil,Vice Chairman of the R. S. Surtees Society, England; Animal Kingdom trainer Graham Motion, andTerry Belanger, 2005 MacArthur Fellow and Founder, Rare Book School at University of Virginia.

For more information about membership, contact Diana Kingsbury-Smith.

Partial List of Past Events 2012

An event highlight is the NSLM Polo Cup:

POLO SYMPOSIUM and BENEFIT POLO MATCH & LUNCHEON September 22 - 23, 2012 Honorary Committee and Sponsors Read more in: Washington Life, Tony Powell; The Georgetowner Newsletter, Elite Equestrian, Middleburg Eccentric article, photos; The Webster Group blogMiddleburg Life Check out photos on our Facebook Page

NSLM Book Fair
The second annual Book Fair was held during the 53rd Hunt Country Stable Tour, on May 26, 2012, Library Founders’ Room, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Read more. See photos on Facebook

"Treasures from the Rare Book Room"
Lord Charles Cecil, Vice Chairman of the R. S. Surtees Society, England, spoke to Ivy Circle and Chairman's Council donors, April 19.

Museum Preview
A preview night at the Museum for the exhibition Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection at the VMFA, Richmond, held for Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council donors on April 6. See photos on Facebook

Museum Preview and Guided Tours
Curator Adam Harris, National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming , who organized the traveling retrospective Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, gave guided tours as well as presented a lecture at the exhibition preview. See photos on Facebook Read more in Middleburg Eccentric

Community Open House
An open house was held for the community on March 15, May 16, July 12, and October 19

Frame Day
A conversation with frame conservator and historian William Adair. See photos on Facebook 

A conversation with artist Kay Jackson, Endangered Species exhibit. See photos on Facebook

Museum Preview
A preview night at the Museum for the exhibition Wildlife Paintings of Bruno Liljefors was held for Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council donors on February 3. See photos on Facebook

Events 2011

Graham Motion
Graham Motion, highly-respected trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, spoke to Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council donors. See photos on Facebook

Virginia Fall Races
2011 NSLM/Chronicle Cup was awarded at the Virginia Fall Races and the NSLM hosted a reception tent. Middleburg LifeFacebook

Community Open House
Three hundred people attended an open house in November. Read more

Historic Coach Event
The NSLM celebrated the Museum opening with a three-day historic coach event which included a public presentation of the twenty-two coaches at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show grounds. Middleburg Eccentric, Washington Life,

Celebration Gala
Over 400 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the National Sporting Library and Museum’s new Sporting Art Museum on Saturday, October 8th. The Gala was held on the grounds of the NSLM campus in Middleburg, Virginia, the heart of Hunt Country. Beauty, glamour and brilliance were found everywhere – from the dynamic drama of the gala tent filled with radiant guests to the quiet power of art gracing the walls of the elegant museum building. Gala. Washington Post, New York/Washington DC Social Diary, Roaming the Planet, Apollo Magazine, Middleburg Eccentric, Middleburg Life, The Georgetowner

Inaugural Exhbition
Special events surrounding the October 7-9, 2011 celebration of the opening of the new Museum included a presentation of historic carriages at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show Grounds at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, a Gala Saturday night and the inaugural exhibit Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal and Sporting Art, 1585-1985.

Book Fair
The NSLM holds a much-anticipated annual Duplicate Book Sale which raises money for the Book Acquisition fund. A new venture, the Book Fair, held during Hunt Country Stable Tour Weekend, featured five authors who spoke and signed books: Tim Rice, Broke in a Tangle: Legends and Losers, A Lifetime of Turf Memories; Bill Woods, Dressage Unscrambled; Rita Mae Brown, Hounded to Death; Norman Fine, Foxhunting Adventures: Chasing the Story; and Leeanne Ladin, Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, the Family and the Legend. The Fair drew a capacity crowd. Read more.