51 years ago, mystery writer Dick Francis made what appears to be the first of many trips to Maryland, where in late winter he met Maryland reknowned timber trainers and jockeys and hunted with Green Spring Valley Hounds. Skip shared photo credits for the shoot with veteran photographer Peter Winants for Snowden Carter's story "Dick Francis visits Maryland," which appeared in Maryland Horse, March 1969.
Dick Francis hunting with GSVH in February 1969 on a visit to the U.S. to interview steeplechase folk. He is on two-time Maryland Hunt Cup winner Fluctuate.
Janon Fisher Jr., trainer of Mountain Dew, gives Dick Francis a look at the Md. Hunt Cup course from the third fence on a winter’s day back in 1969.