Leslie Van Sant
The Piedmont Fox Hounds beat the hurricane-induced bad weather and hosted the second annual Field Hunter Trials on September 27, 2015. The event is a hybrid, a throw-back, to the hunter trials and horse shows of old where presentation, style and performance looked to the hunt field. Foxhunters were brushed, bathed and braided. Tweeds pulled from the cedar closet and accessorized by appointments including hunt whips, flasks and sandwich cases. Hunt buttons polished and colorful stocks and cravats tied neatly. And of course, the hospitality left no one, human or equine, wanting for a snack or a drink!
By Daphne Wood Photo by Dr. J. Warner Ray, MFH
The ninth annual Southern Hound show was held at Live Oak Plantation Monticello, Florida on April 11, 2015. Captain Ian W. Farquhar, MFH of the Duke of Beaufort, who judged at this show seven years ago, was joined in the ring by John J. Carle II, ex-MFH of the Keswick Hunt in Virginia.
Ian Farquhar, who also served as huntsman for thirty eight seasons, judged his first show forty two years ago and has bred nineteen Peterborough champions. Jake Carle, who hunted hounds for twenty eight seasons, has judged for over forty years at all the major hound shows in the United States. Over the course of the weekend these two very senior judges enjoyed each other immensely and got along famously in the ring despite their English and Bywaters leanings. Interestingly, thirty four ribbons were won by Crossbreds and twenty went to English hounds. Two Champions were Crossbred and two were English.