These Green Mountains

Originally a New Yorker, Katherine Selby moved to Vermont 31 years ago and hasn’t looked back. A professional horse trainer and instructor all of her working life, Selby serves as kennel huntsman for the Green Mountain Hounds (VT), a drag pack with kennels at her farm in New Haven, VT and territory throughout the Champlain Valley.

The Green Mountain territory consists of fixtures from Colchester to Shoreham and contains open farmland, some woods and coverts, and gentle hills. Although the season can be short, running from August to the end of November (plus a short spring season in June), Selby makes the most of every opportunity in hunting the eight couple Crossbreds and three American hounds that make up the Green Mountain pack, as they attend and host several joint meets, have two clinics, one or two hunter paces or rides, and other events in the year.

In addition to her duties as kennel huntsman, Selby puts her myriad equine skills to work as coach of the Middlebury College Equestrian Team and is equestrian director/partner of two equine dance companies that create performances for dressage riders and modern dancers together.

Career Change

Jamie Hughes was raised on a dairy farm and spent long hours with his family working the farm. He followed in his mother’s footsteps in a career as a secondary school teacher and administrator, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. He first started riding to hounds at the age of 35 and now finds himself as MFH and Huntsman for the Beaver Meadow Foxhounds. He is now in his seventh season hunting the thirteen couple of crossbred hounds (with significant large PennMarydel influence) out of the Beaver Meadow kennels located in south central Ontario, Canada, between the cities of Toronto and Ottawa.

Danny Kerr Will Always Find a Way

According to Danny Kerr, Huntsman for Camargo Hunt, he’s had “a really fun lifetime of horses and hounds.” Before taking on what was to become his long term position at Camargo, Danny hunted hounds at Sedgefield Hunt (NC) before taking a two year break to go on the show circuit with his wife Trena. They made the move to Kentucky shortly after that, and Danny celebrated his 25th season with Camargo this year.

Ticket to Ride

Maley smallLeslie Ballenger photoMaley Coombs, 33, has traveled a long way from her hometown of Gig Harbor, WA, a city of roughly 7,000 residents on the Puget Sound. She traveled east to further her upper level eventing career, living in Virginia, Georgia, and Florida before finding herself in Peapack, NJ, where she recently started her position as First Whipper In for the Essex Foxhounds. Maley is decidedly pleased with the smaller snake population in New Jersey.  

e-Covertside: How did you become involved in hunting?
Maley: I began foxhunting while living in Virginia, but it wasn't until I moved south to the Florida Georgia line that I began working in a staff position made possible by Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Wood III of Live Oak Hounds.
I come from a strong eventing background, having competed at the upper levels for 15 years before I started my career in hunt service. I enjoyed eventing and met some wonderful people, trained with some fantastic trainers and got to travel all over the world. I started fox hunting while living, training and working in Virginia. I used fox hunting for horse fitness as well as I had a few part time jobs hunting horses for people. Eventing gave me a solid base in crossing the country and a huge amount of knowledge in horsemanship and stable management. I use this knowledge in my current job, running the horse side of things here at Essex.

Breakline

Greg Thompson 2014Justin Smith photoGreg Thompson is a man who is not afraid to try new things. He took up surfing last year, just a few years after he began hunting professionally. Thompson grew up riding ponies and working with coon hounds and beagles, but was too much of a cowboy to want to try foxhunting. In spite of the fact that his grandfather, Bob Thompson, hunted with Cheshire in Pennsylvania, Greg didn’t actually participate in a fox hunt until 2010. Now hunting encompasses his world and he is a 2012 graduate of the MFHA Professional Development Program and currently in his fourth season hunting the hounds of Wicomico Hunt on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

e-Covertside: How did you become involved with hunting?
Greg: My grandfather used to hunt with several local hunts in Pennsylvania, as well as having his own hounds. I grew up with coon hounds and beagles of my own, so I have always had an interest in hunting with hounds and dogs. My wife's family has been involved with this hunt for years and that's how I got here.

Four Star Whipper In

Steph BoyerDiana Rowland photoJust five years ago, Stephanie Boyer was preparing her horse Macloud to run the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, one of only six worldwide CCI**** three day events and the only four star held in North America. She had worked for multiple Olympic medalist Philip Dutton, Pan American Games medalist Buck Davidson, and had galloped for such notable trainers as Michael Matz (also an Olympic gold medalist) and Jonathan Sheppard. With completions at Fair Hill CCI***, Jersey Fresh CCI***,  The Fork CIC***, and numerous runs at the Advanced level to her credit, the native of Thousand Oaks, CA found herself in search of something different and has happily served as First Whipper In to Mrs. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds for four seasons.

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