News of interest to Loudoun that appeared in the daily Post

June 6-12

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Shooting Ruled an Accident

Loudoun County's top prosecutor has concluded that the fatal shooting in March of a 15-year-old Ashburn boy by his 17-year-old friend and former classmate was accidental.

Matthew J. Lathram is expected to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the slaying March 22 of Donald Nicholas Shomaker, said Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman. Lathram has also agreed to plead guilty to several drug and weapons charges, Plowman said.

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They Ride, but Not Astride

In Virginia's horse country, the women who ride sidesaddle should not be called women. They are ladies. They ride in long skirts and top hats, both legs positioned carefully on the left side of the horse, controlling and communicating with it almost entirely through balance. They often must carry a flask of sherry on the saddle and a small leather case containing a regulation sandwich -- no crusts.

The heyday of sidesaddle, originally ridden by women who considered it unseemly to ride astride, passed long ago, and membership in the country's two main sidesaddle associations is down to a few hundred. But those who still "ride aside" are devoted to keeping the tradition alive, and many were on hand last week at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, the oldest show in the country.