Call of the Wild: Versatile Hound Joins Sled Team in Off Season

Is he a wheel dog or a strike hound? This versatile New England canine loves both of his jobs. In the hunt season, Old North Bridge Hounds Chipotle 2012 (Chip to his friends) is out with his buddies in the pack, doing his day job as a foxhound for the draghunt based in historic Concord, Massachusetts. However, in the off-season, he doesn’t curl up in the kennel and watch the snow fall. He dons his harness and takes on his other occupation, pulling a dog sled.

Mecklenburg Hounds Celebrates Its Diamond Jubilee

In November 1956, on an unseasonably warm day, a group of riders dressed in scarlet and black followed their joint masters Mr. Junius Fisher and Mr. Hugh Heafner, their huntsman and hounds into the forests and fields near the small city of Charlotte, North Carolina. By doing so, they officially began the first season of Mecklenburg Hounds Inc. (MHi). Dwight D. Eisenhower had just been elected to his second term as President of the United States. Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” was the number one song in the country. There were no such things as cell phones, MRI’s or GPS.

Ireland Welcomes Eighteen Norfolk Hunt Members

With the cold New England weather shutting down their hunt season shortly after Thanksgiving, a robust group of Norfolk Hunt Club (MA) members headed to Ireland in February for a week of sport and sightseeing. When joint Masters Tom Lewis and Dominic Cammarata began to coordinate the trip, they expected seven or eight travelers - but ultimately 18 brave souls made the trip. Not only did they escape frigid temperatures, they enjoyed the good fortune to ride five days on the Emerald Isle without any rain.

Photo Gallery: Holiday Meets Across the Continent

From Montreal to Florida, foxhunters enjoy the festive atmosphere of holiday meets. Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, and New Year's all provide extra opportunities to celebrate with our friends in the field (and sometimes to add a little seasonal attire). Here is a sampling of images from the frozen north to the sunny south, including some staff getting in on the fun.

Let's Get Married at the Meet: Mounted Nuptials at Amwell Valley

Photo by Marco Pelosi.

Our November Photo of the Month featured a happy couple exchanging vows at an Amwell Valley Hounds (NJ) meet earlier this year. Several readers inquired about the details of this happy occasion, so we asked the bride and groom, Christine and Franck DuClos, to answer a few questions about their big day, hunting, and the special horses who were part of the ceremony.

Budweiser and Orvis (Hounds, Not Sponsors) Come Full Circle at Sedgefield

Budweiser at the Carolinas Hound Show. Photo by Randall Carty.

Last Saturday, Budweiser '09 retired. If the Sedgefield Hunt (NC) had a hall of fame for hounds, he would be in it. He hunted for us over 350 times in his seven-plus seasons. He had voice, good looks, and a big personality. Lloyd Lyons, our old bear hunting whipper-in, appreciated him. Young Randall Wiseman won the unentered dog hound class with him at the Virginia Hound Show in 2009.

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