Upperville horseman S. Bruce Smart, Jr. is the author of A Community of the Horse: Partnerships, Stakes & Stakeholders, and Legacies — a unique non-fiction trilogy that offers an inside view into the people, horses, events and culture of Virginia’s very unique horse and hunt country.

On the evening of December 4, a book signing by Smart, accompanied by his wife, Edie, took place in a most beautiful and appropriate setting: the Stable Lobby of the Equestrian Center at Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg.

The Smarts are both longtime horse people and remain very active in the horse world, especially racing. They finished 7th in the National Steeplechase Association’s 2015 owner standings.

Adding to the book signing’s ambience was the Museum of Hounds and Hunting of North America, Inc.’s Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale, featuring about 60 works by local contemporary sporting artists. Two of the exhibited artists are profiled in Smart’s “Legacies”: Anita Baarns and Sandra Massie Forbush.