Boys & Girls Clubs Visit Keswick Hunt Kennels

A happy kennel visitor. Photo by AudibertPhoto.

On Tuesday, June 28, Keswick Hunt Club welcomed a group of children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange to their Clubhouse and Kennels in Albemarle County, Virginia. The youngsters first heard from whipper-in and historian Barclay Rives about the goals and planning involved in organized foxhunting. Nancy Wiley, MFH, a former board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs, encouraged the children to share their outdoor experiences and to be keen observers of nature and wild animals.

Junior Handlers Photo Gallery

As a community, sportsmen and women are committed to passing along our traditions and protecting foxhunting's future.

Combining children and friendly hounds is always a terrific recipe!

From New Jersey to South Carolina, from toddlers to teens, enjoy these photographs of the up-and-coming next generation. 

 

Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club Tops Live Oak Challenge Awards

The Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is presented to the six Pony Clubs which regularly take the greatest percentage of their members out hunting. Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club, a relatively new chapter, was the top recipient of the Challenge Award for 2016. Their District Commissioner, Elizabeth Gillmor, described the group as "a small foxhunting-based pony club, formed in 2013, with the goal of providing formalized support and instruction to junior members of the Arapahoe Hunt."

Farmington Hunt Connects With 4-H Club

Earlier this month, Farmington Hunt (VA) huntsman, Matthew Cook, and I visited the Hoof-n-Woof 4-H Club in Albemarle County to introduce the young riders to foxhunting and encourage them to join us in the field. 4-H is an active youth organization in Virginia, and since Farmington seeks to increase junior participation, it made sense to reach out - and bring a few extra hunt horns, whips, and one couple of friendly hounds along to help.

Foxhall Farm Cup Team Chase Kicks Off Jump Racing Season

The 2016 Maryland steeplechase season bolted out of the gate on Sunday, March 20, with the running of the historic Foxhall Farm Cup Team Chase. The competition was hosted by Green Spring Valley Hounds in Glyndon, Maryland.

This event is a team chase, where teams of three negotiate a four-mile course across five farms with twenty-four obstacles in Green Spring Valley's home country.

Cedar Knob Hounds Hosts Pony Club Meet

Members of Cedar Knob Pony Club and Middle Tennessee Pony Club were invited to visit Cedar Knob Hounds' (TN) kennels and learn about horses, hounds and hunting on Sunday, February 28, 2016. As the kennel huntsman for Cedar Knob, I picked up the Caldwell and Wallace boys on my way to work so they could help out with the clinic. As we approached the kennels just after sunrise, we spotted a beautiful red fox chasing mice in the hayfield. Jacob Wallace took a picture and I was able to capture a small video. The boys were thrilled to be able to see a real red fox and he was apparently unconcerned about us watching his early morning activities.

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