Representing the Norfolk Hunt (MA), Mary Crane of Dover MA riding her thoroughbred Forever Bernardini won both the 2022 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship as well as the Dr. Mathew Mackay-Smith Award for the Highest Placing Thoroughbred in the weeklong competition held in Middleburg, VA. No horse and rider combination has ever won both of these titles before, never mind in the same year. Open to competitors from all over North America, the competition is aptly held Middleburg VA, well known as the nation’s horse and hunt capital.”To win this historic event that for 38 years has attracted the best horse-and-rider pairs from across North America, is amazing. My horse Bernie is unbelievable! He’s the ultimate ladies foxhunter- the classic thoroughbred who is smart, careful and athletic. Owning and hunting this horse is such a privilege,” Crane said.
Forever Bernardini is a 9-year-old son of Eclipse-Award winner Bernardini, who raced on the flat and over fences prior to Crane purchasing him last year. Crane, ex-mfh of the Norfolk Hunt, is a lifelong rider who also competes her horse Legitimo on the national show circuit. A full time realtor, Crane has a hunt box in Upperville VA where she keeps her foxhunters.