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Marine Corps officer Stuart Janney Jr. was back in Maryland on furlough after spending two years on duty in the Pacific. A director of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, owner/trainer/rider of Maryland Hunt Cup winner Winton and a “first class man to hounds” and “as cool and heady a rider as one would encounter on a day’s march,” Janney was joint-master of Green Spring Hounds and was one of many members of Maryland hunts in service. The Maryland Horse checked up on the whereabouts of a few, including the Stewart brothers, Latimer (a lieutenant in the Marines stationed at Mariana Island in the Pacific) and Redmond (a captain of artillery at Fort Sill, Okla.), and Daniel Baugh Brewster, a Marine lieutenant in the Pacific. Those in Europe included Ned Murray, Cuthbert Fenwick and H. Robertson Fenwick. Louis Merryman was a paratrooper who had receieved a Purple Heart, his brother Johnny was in the air branch of the Marines.

“The girls who hunted with Green Spring have done their share oversees,” reported the magazine. “Emily Franklin was a woman Marine; Kitty Hoffman is with the American Red Cross in New Guinea, and Joan Thomas is with the same famous organization in England.”

  • With a shortage of gas and harsh winter weather, Humphrey Finney was kept close to home, but the MHBA field secretary noted he hoped “to get around to visit as many farms as possible in the state” that winter. 

    One of his visits was to Mr. and Mrs.Charles W. Williams’ Stadacona Farm in Glyndon to see the newly arrived stallions *Piping Rock and Laugh Clown, sent to Maryland by New Jersey breeder W.H. LaBoyteaux, along with 10 mares. “It shows an owner’s confidence in his horse when he himself breeds mares of the stripe of Imperatrice to him,” noted Finney.

    LeBoyteaux’s young stakes-winning mare Imperatrice arrived in foal to Triple Crown champion Whirlaway, carrying eventual stakes-winning filly Scattered. Bred the next two seasons to *Piping Rock, the results were stakes winners Imperium and Squared Away.

  • Fasig-Tipton Company, “the oldest and foremost Thoroughbred sales agency of America,” was sold to a group of Eastern breeders, headed by Kenneth N. Gilpin, of Boyce, Va., the importer of *Teddy, and a consignor to the Saratoga sales for many years. Joining him on the board of directors were W.H. LaBoyteaux and John A. Morris, secretary of the Saratoga Association.

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