Red Mountain Mailbox '09 is not your grandfather’s Penn-Marydel. Part of the Sedgefield pack, Mailbox beat a potential field of over 500 younger hounds to win the two-day 2017 Sedgefield Foxhound Performance Trial (the 13 hunts that competed have that many hounds, and each hunt entered their best hounds). He won the points total, but more importantly, he was the “huntsman’s choice.”

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Photo by Elaine Berry.

“Mailbox is a dynamic hound who never stops working. During the big run, the hounds lost in the covert. Mailbox spoke once up the hill; I trusted him and drew that way. We hit again and ran hard another 30 minutes,” said Lincoln Sadler from Moore County Hounds (NC), this year’s huntsman. He has been huntsman’s choice for other performance trials, impressing MFHA President Tony Leahy and Richard Roberts, now huntsman at Middleburg (VA). 

And he has met some girls along the way.  Two years ago, he spent some time at Golden’s Bridge Hounds (NY) as a visiting stallion hound. Their huntsman, Codie Hayes, hunted him half a season. “I love Mailbox! He is so much fun to hunt,” says Codie.

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Photo by Elaine Berry.

And he ain’t bad to look at, at least for a Penn-Marydel. He won the stallion hound class at this year’s Carolinas Hound Show. His age helped him. “A hound still going strong after all these years says something about its conformation,” said judge Sally McLaughlin.

David Raley bred Mailbox when he was huntsman at Red Mountain (NC). It is wonderful to hear him open.  I have been lucky enough to hunt him most of his life.

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