Kalle Fjeld, a member of Green Mountain Hounds (VT), received the 2017 John Seeley Estabrook Memorial Trust Award at a ceremony last month in Brandon, Vermont. Presented annually since 1986 to an outstanding resident of the community, the Estabrook Award honors an individual pursuing activities in medicine and/or sports. Fjeld recently began her first year of medical school at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
Fjeld hunting with Green Mountain Hounds. Photo courtesy of Kalle Fjeld.
The Estabrook award was created in honor of a physician from Brandon, Fjeld's hometown. She explains, "There is a committee that nominates and selects the awardee yearly. I was selected for my pursuit of a career in medicine and my involvement in the sport of foxhunting. This is my third year as a member of the Green Mountain Hounds." In selecting Fjeld, the committee described her as a "highly deserving and talented recipient."
Master Terry Hook said, "Kalle is a passionate member of GMH and almost never misses a hunt. She's a lovely rider with a lovely horse. Even better than that, she's a lovely cake-making artist. Oh yes, and then there's medical school also - I think that she's arranged her class schedule to be able to hunt, but that is confidential!"
One of Fjeld's decorated creations with a hound theme. Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Hounds.
Fjeld adds, "I hope to continue hunting while I'm in medical school. My horse, Mr., won GMH's award for Field Hunter of the Year last season."