Julie Whitlock McKee has been involved in the horse industry since the age of 8 as a rider, trainer, owner, farm manager and veterinarian assistant. She has been working as a professional since 1980. She earned a degree in Equestrian Management from Southern Seminary College, Buena Vista, VA in 1980. Since then she has been showing, training, managing farms, and working as a part-time equine veterinarian assistant. She has been involved in continuing education clinics with some of the top trainers in the country as well as taking lessons with past and current Olympic riders on a regular basis. She has incorporated many techniques from Monty Roberts, Pat Parelli and Richard Shrake to create her own unique method of resistance free training of the youngsters just beginning their new career, being ridden.
In 2003, Julie competed in the North American Field Hunter Championships, held in Northern Virginia. On the second day of competition, Julie was chosen to compete in the finals at Glennwood Park in Middleburg, VA. She also competed in the North America Point-to-Point Assn. Championships at Morven Park Leesburg, VA and won the non-TB Fox Hunters Flat Race on May 24, 2003 on Cash Advance.
Julie has been fox hunting since the age of 16 and has obtained her colors with the Bear Creek Hounds, Midland Foxhounds, and Shakerag Hounds. She has hunted in Colorado, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, New York and Canada.
Julie specializes in the training and starting of young horses, field hunters, and low level event horses as well as buying and selling quality horses.
Fox View Farm is located on 50 acres of rolling hills in Coweta Co. We are currently only accepting horses in training or sale horses due to a limited number of stalls. The farm is situated 10 miles from Midland hunt country and 15 miles from Bear Creek hunt country.
In 2005, Julie went to Ireland and spent a week hunting. She hunted with the County Limerick, The Galway Blazers and the famous Scarteen Blank and Tans. "It was some of the most difficult footing out hunting that I have ever experienced, fortunately, I managed to stay on top of my horses. Those horses really know what they are doing, thank goodness. It's a whole another ball game over there !"
In January 2007, Julie and Snap Shot (aka Attie) competed in the Southern District One, MFHA Centennial Field Hunter Championship Qualifier at Bear Creek Farm, Moreland, GA. Snap Shot and Julie ended up fifth over all.
In February 2007, Julie and Leica competed in the Southern District Two, MFHA Centennial Field Hunter Championship Qualifier in Tampa, FL. Julie and Leica ended up in first place which qualified her and Leica to compete in Virginia in May 2007.
On May 27, 2007, Julie and Leica competed in the MFHA Centennial Field Hunter Championships in Leesburg, VA. Out of the 64 horses that qualified Julie and Leica ended up third in North America.
Please click HERE to read the full story of the MFHA Centennial Field Hunter Championships Qualifier - and see some lovely pictures!