Foxhunting can be a wonderful family activity. While hunt meets often feature two or three generations and several members out together, Deep Run Hunt (VA) has an especially large band, the Fords. Seven Fords were mounted at Opening Meet last month, reflecting their relatively recent embrace of riding and sporting life. The family moved to Goochland County in 2014 and quickly got involved with horses.
The Fords, minus son Tyler who was whipping-in, at Opening Meet. Bill Sigafoos photo.
Layla, now 11, wanted to try riding and talked her parents into hunt seat lessons. Soon Kim, her mother, joined her. Wyatt, the oldest, began riding Western, interested in cutting and working cattle. And Ethan, 14, began eventing. Tyler, the father, decided to try riding and almost immediately found his favorite hobby. Cooper, now 8 and Quinn, the youngest at 6, were not about to be left out. Quinn got to canter for her 5th birthday.
The family now regularly rides together. Six of the seven foxhunting Fords are in this picture. The seventh, Wyatt, 16, is a junior whipper-in for Deep Run, and he was too busy helping with hounds to pose with the rest of his family. The Fords joined Deep Run in 2015 and are active in the club. Kim says it was quite a feat to get everyone clothed, groomed, braided and ready at once, but it was fun to follow the hounds together.
Deep Run's friendly Crossbred hounds made all the spectators feel welcome. Bill Sigafoos photo.
Established in 1887, Deep Run Hunt Club's kennels are located outside Richmond in Cumberland County, Virginia.