- Leslie Threlkeld
Brooklyn Currier and her 15-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse mare Callie have done everything together. They have ridden in gymkhanas, horse trials, 4-H shows, and the mare is even teaching Brooklyn’s mom to ride. Five years ago they added another feather to their cap by joining the hunt.
Brooklyn’s trainer had started foxhunting and took Callie out to see how she would do. “My trainer rode her that one time and said ‘Okay, this horse is perfect. You have to go foxhunting,’” Brooklyn said. “I tagged along one time and never stopped.”
Now 17, Brooklyn and Callie are regulars with Vermont’s Green Mountain Hounds, where she has made many new friends and made her mark on the field. She was awarded Fairly Hunted in 2014.
“Callie loves going out. She loves watching the hounds work and loves the whole get up and go excitement,” Brooklyn said. “I like the open fields. I like jumping...who doesn’t like jumping? The best part about watching the hounds work is when they all scatter and work together to find the scent. The thing that keeps me foxhunting is the friendly atmosphere that our group gives and the thrill of the chase!"
Brooklyn rides in a ring at home, so going foxhunting is like taking a vacation. “In the fall it’s beautiful because sometimes we go through woods and you see the beautiful scenery and the leaves turning. It’s gorgeous.”