- By Leslie Threlkeld
Fraternal twins Mary and Mell Boucher are 12 years old, and while they don’t look exactly alike, they share the same passion for foxhunting.
Mary and Mell were introduced to foxhunting as youngsters. Their mom, steeplechase trainer Lilith Boucher, and dad Richard, a jockey, would take the kids to meets on the lead line as 3- and 4-year-olds. Sometimes they rode double bareback to see the hounds off.
At six they started foxhunting on ponies, but with low expectations, Lilith said. “When your parents are in the business, they don’t start out for the love of it, but because it’s a chance to spend time with you,” she said. “We’re so lucky in our hunts they have a third field, which is great to take the children on.”
They still hunt on ponies that they also ride in horse shows on the Camden Equestrian Circuit in South Carolina. Mell rides a 14.2-hand Appaloosa named Root Beer Float. “I love him to death. He’s really amazing. He’ll jump whatever you point him at,” she said.