Loudoun Fairfax's Foxhound Retirement Program Matches Hounds and Homes

Like a level pack working together to follow the line, a cooperative group of staff and members at Loudoun Fairfax Hunt (VA) has grown the Foxhound Retirement Program into a successful strategy for rehoming hounds. At last count, more than 40 hounds - those whose hunting days have ended, and others who never showed promise in the field - have successfully transitioned to couch potato lifestyles, through the expert evaluation, care, and placement offered by a dedicated supporting team.

Santa Ynez Valley Puppies Star in Modified Midweek Meets

In January, we shared Red Rock Hounds' (NV) tradition of Senior Sundays, when retired hounds offer a slower day in the field. At Santa Ynez Valley Hounds (CA), the breeding schedule allows puppies to start walking out toward the end of hunt season, and members are invited to join them for relaxed midweek exercise. Joint Master Bonnie Hayden calls it a perfect opportunity for those with young or old horses, and anyone who wants to learn the future entry.

Middle Schoolers Read to Earn a Field Trip with Princess Anne Hunt

On March 28th, about 60 middle school students arrived at Carlton Farms near Williamsburg, VA, for a field trip to learn all about foxhunting. Local teacher Jennifer Gore-Raine organized the annual outing for children who read more than 20 books during the school year. James Raine, her husband, has just retired after 13 years as huntsman at Princess Anne Hunt (VA), and bringing several couple of hounds to meet the children was his last official event. The hunt organized different demonstrations and activities to entertain and educate the students.

Rappahannock Hunt Shares Foxhunting with VA Horse Festival Crowds

The Virginia Horse Festival is a three-day celebration of the equine industry held at the Meadow Event Park, on the grounds of the farm where Secretariat was foaled. Last Saturday, in addition to cheering for 4-Hers competing in horse judging, watching a demonstration by a technical large animal rescue squad, and shopping in the indoor pavilion, attendees were treated to the sound and spectacle of the hunt field as formally turned out Rappahannock Hunt (VA) staff, members, and juniors paraded more than ten couple of hounds.

South Creek Foxhounds Name Pete Hunt Horse of the Year

For more than a quarter of a century, South Creek Foxhounds (FL) has recognized the Hunt Horse of the Year at their hunt ball. The outstanding mount epitomizes the qualities field masters appreciate and staff admire: good manners, athleticism, reliability. The 2018 recipient is Pete, a twelve-year-old gelding owned by SCF secretary Lorraine Sparra.

Old Dominion Grateful '68 Shines in this Vintage Hunt Report

Editor's Note: Richard Spindle was joint Master at Old Dominion Hounds (VA) in the 1970's. Some of his hunting memoirs were recently rediscovered, including this reflection on a day's hunting and the stamina of one exceptional hound.

After an hour and a half on a spring-like February day we were still blank. A whimper here and there to tease us, but no action. The field close behind, we had fallen silent as we walked, walked, walked single file through the wood rides.

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