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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tommy Lee Jones Wins First Ian Milne Award

No, not the Men In Black version of Tommy Lee Jones, the famous horse guy.

Our Tommy Lee Jones, who has been misidentified for his movie star namesake more than once, tells some good stories about disappointed folks who thought he was that Tommy Lee Jones over the phone, but a different one when he appeared in person...
DORIS, TOMMY LEE and DIANE JONES (Randy Chappell/Facebook)
That said, the famous equine Tommy Lee Jones was recently awarded the first "Ian Milne Award,” a prestigious award honoring professional huntsmen who have been recognized by their peers as exceptional contributors to the sport of foxhunting.  

Way to go, Tommy Lee!

The award was presented by the Masters of Foxhounds Association on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Biennial Staff Seminar dinner. Jones has hunted the hounds of the Casanova Hunt with distinction since 1970.

Jones also breeds, owns and trains thoroughbreds from his family’s New Hope Farm. In the heyday of the yearling market, Jones showed yearlings for the likes of Spendthrift Farm and Clay Camp as well.

Along with his wife Diane, Jones also manages the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Warrenton Horse Show.  Diane is also the Executive Director of the Virginia Gold Cup.

The award is named for the late Ian Milne, who was the popular huntsman for the Fairfax Hunt (VA).
JONES AT WORK (Randy Chappell/Facebook)

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