Sotheby’s – Property From the Collection of Edward P. Evans

September 2nd, 2011 by

Guided by a sophisticated eye and rare sense of connoisseurship, Ned Evans assembled a collection which is a personal reflection of both his lifelong dedication to the racing world and his unerring devotion to quality in all forms. The Collection of Edward P. Evans features a range of 19th and 20th century paintings as well as fine examples of English and American furniture, silver, ceramics and decorative works of art.

Ned, as he was known, had an extraordinary record within the equine community. His racing and breeding program at Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Virginia, produced more than one hundred stake winners in just over thirty years, earning him the title of “Breeder of the Year” by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in 2009. His stake winners included 2005 Breeders Cup Classic winner Saint Liam and 2010 multiple grade 1 winner Quality Road, along with other notable names such as Tap Dance, Cat’s At Home, Minstrella and With Ability. He began taking a major interest in racing while in college, where he earned an economics degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard. Ned purchased Spring Hill Farm in 1969, which with its 3,000 acres is considered the largest breeding farm in Virginia. He was consistently named one of the top ten horse breeders in North America and was always looking for the next champion. The Edward P. Evans Foundation, the beneficiary of this sale, will continue the philanthropic mission of its Founder to support excellence in the areas of education and medical research.