Belle Meade Hosts Popular Foxhound Performance Trials

Belle Meade Hunt (GA) welcomed hounds from five other packs at their annual Foxhound Performance Trials on January 20-21. Sam Clifton, Green Spring Valley Hounds (MD) huntsman, carried the horn through two days of challenging weather conditions. Bull Run Hunt (VA) proved victorious, with their Spree earning top scores from the judges. Mounted and unmounted guests who traveled to Thomson, Georgia for the event enjoyed Belle Meade's famous hospitality in the clubhouse, as well as myriad options for staying close to the action in the field.

Mounted Guard Unit, Including 4th Generation Foxhunter, Participates in Inaugural Parade

On January 20th, the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. featured numerous military and mounted organizations. Bennett Opitz, a fourth-generation foxhunter, rode as part of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry. This historic unit, now part of the Pennsylvania National Guard, has ties to sporting clubs and reflects the centuries-old connection between members of the military and riding to hounds. Opitz said, "To be able to represent the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry in the Inaugural Parade was an incredible honor and validation for all the hard work that the men of this unit commit to."

Historic Fort Ticonderoga Hosts Green Mountain Hounds Demonstration

As part of our community outreach, Green Mountain Hounds provide a foxhunting demonstration every fall at Fort Ticonderoga, on the New York/Vermont border. Built during the French and Indian War (circa 1757), the fort sits just across Lake Champlain from our home territories. Eighteenth-century military history buffs will know it as a key linchpin in the struggle for North America, first between the British and the French, and then between the British and Americans.

River Hills Foxhounds Brighten Seniors' Holidays

In what has become an annual tradition, hounds, horses and riders from River Hills Foxhounds participated in seasonal celebrations in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. A quintessential small town, Quarryville's holiday observances include a Christmas parade and tree lighting. River Hills regularly takes part in the parade, so subscriber Trina Hatfield inquired about joining the tree lighting, too, and the hunt was invited to lead the crowd in carols from horseback.

Retired Racehorses Take on Foxhunting

Photo by David Traxler.

The Retired Racehorse Project kicked off their second annual Thoroughbred Makeover competition on October 27, 2016, in Lexington, Kentucky. Three hundred off the track thoroughbreds competed in 11 disciplines: show jumping, show hunters/jumpers, polo, dressage, barrel racing, eventing, competitive trail, working ranch, freestyle and field hunters. The overall winner of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred was chosen by audience applause from each discipline’s winner.

Field Hunter Championships Crown a Stellar Week of Hunting

Nearly 55 riders representing more than 22 hunts from 11 states converged on Virginia for a fabulous week of hunting during the 2016 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships. Organized in conjunction with the Middleburg Fall Races, the competition draws foxhunters and their mounts vying for the prestigious title of Champion Field Hunter and a cash prize of $2500 to the hunt that they represent.

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