Hunt Clubs Shine Under the Lights at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Hunt clubs held the spotlight on Monday night at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show during Hunt Night, one of the most popular events of the Show. Sewickley Hunt in Sewickley, PA, located just outside Pittsburgh, claimed the top three placings in the first event of the evening, the Field Hunter - Riders 35 Years of Age and Under class. Two Hunt Team members captured the top three ribbons: Mary Dubois rode Stonewall to first and second place with Flagmount Clover and Cindy McCullough was third with Summer Blueprint.

A New Challenge: Ride in "War Horse" Country

Flying across the pond to take part in a brand new long-distance riding pilot event takes a bit of what we Brits call ‘gumption.’ But three American riders did exactly that last month (25-28 Sept) to help launch the Dartmoor Derby in Devon, England.

Inspired by the widespread interest in the daring Mongol Derby and the enduring success of African riding safaris, the Dartmoor Derby is not a race itself but a multi-day challenge ride. It’s a chance to explore fully some of Britain’s best-loved countryside in luxury, in small groups of not more than six, led by guides who know the country intimately, for anywhere between three and six days.

Eleven Hunts Contest Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Trials

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!

Live Oak Fanfare Makes an Impression at 2015 Southern Hound Show

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.

Southern Hound Show 2015

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