On November 11, Green Spring Valley Hounds celebrated their 125th Opening Meet with a fantastic day in the field, followed by an entertaining party. Hounds moved off with huntsman Ashley Hubbard from their kennels in Glyndon, Maryland, before a large crowd of spectators from the local community. The celebration that evening included a musical performance by a number of gentlemen, a.k.a. "the Dog Pack," appropriately attired to sing a customized version of "YMCA" by the Village People. The new lyrics played on the letters "GSVH" and saluted the Masters and staff, among others.

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Huntsman Ashley Hubbard and family. Karen Kandra Wenzel photo.

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A large field of riders assembled before many local spectators. Karen Kandra Wenzel photo.

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Legendary hunt photographer Douglas Lees. Karen Kandra Wenzel photo.

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Hounds move off with huntsman Ashley Hubbard. Karen Kandra Wenzel photo.

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Master Sheila Brown well over a coop. Karen Kandra Wenzel photo.

The full lyrics, reportedly delivered by gentlemen wearing bowler hats and leg garters, were the following:

People  - there's no need to feel down / There's a hunt club - of tremendous renown,

It's an old one, it's been around town / For a hundred twenty-five years

Masters - they're the cream of the crop / There's Duck Martin - he thinks like a fox

We've got Sheila - her horse never stops / And there's George and Whit and Sherlock

It's fun to hunt with the G S V H / It's fun to hunt with the G S V H

Oh the foxes they run / From Hampstead to Glyndon / It's a wonderful tradition

It's fun to hunt with the G S V H / It's fun to hunt with the G S V H

You can see the hounds hunt / You can run, you can jump / You can spend a ton of money,

On horses - 'cuz you must ride the best / On hunt clothes, 'cuz you've got to be dressed,

On hunt dues - 'cuz the hounds must be fed / We don't care that we've in the red

People really make it all work / Most are nice ones, with the occasional jerk

From the old ones, right on down to the tykes / On Facebook we get lots of likes

It's fun to hunt with the G S V H / It's fun to hunt with the G S V H

They can put on a show / And you should always go / We don't care if it's rain or snow

It's fun to hunt with the G S V H / It's fun to hunt with the G S V H

You can see all the land / So amazing and grand / When the hounds speak it's like a band

Two fields, it just had to be done / If you fall off, you were in the wrong one

If you get lost just don't take off your socks / And make sure you don't turn the fox

Ashley, he's the new kid in town / We've got Timmy, he keeps up with the hounds

We've got Klaus on the road with the truck / It's impossible to [screw] up!

It's fun to hunt with the G S V H / It's fun to hunt with the G S V H

 

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0 # Lauren Fanning 2017-11-29 08:44
Love the photos, Karen! I'm sorry I missed the song! :lol:
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0 # Karen Kandra Wenzel 2017-11-16 11:15
Martha Drum--thanks for featuring my shots....I am honored...and I was glad to capture the special day.
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