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.
Keswick (VA) huntsman, Tony Gammell, accompanied his son, James, out on New Year's Day at a Children's Meet following the Farmington Beagles. Photo by George Payne.
This Aiken Hunt (SC) side saddle rider and her horse got into the Christmas spirit. Photo by Nick Bridges.
Trina Hatfield of River Hills Foxhounds (PA) looks focused as her horse sports a festive bow at the breastplate. Photo by Karen Kennedy.
Montreal Hunt (QC) huntsman, Andrew Marren, and professional whipper-in, Millie Djorjevic, make the best of the Canadian winter weather. Photo by Jean-Guy Dupras.
Meanwhile, South Creek Foxhounds had a large field turn out for Boxing Day in mild Florida. Photo by Katie Hayes.
Orange County (VA) huntsman, Reg Spreadborough, livened up his coat with a matching Santa Claus hat. Photo by Susan Monticelli.
River Hills Foxhounds (PA) prepare to move off following their Blessing on New Year's Day. Photo by Karen Kennedy.