Mark your calendars for October 9-14, 2017! The 2016-17 hunt season has just closed, but many avid foxhunters are looking forward to next fall. Entries are already coming in for the 2017 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship to recognize the best foxhunters in North America.
Scheduled for October 9-14, 2017 in Northern Virginia, the week features four days of hunting with the Middleburg, Old Dominion and Loudoun Fairfax Hunts, as well as the Piedmont Fox Hounds, punctuated by evening social events. Horses and riders will be judged by an illustrious panel of eminent foxhunters during each hunting day. Qualifying finalists are announced at the conclusion of each meet and those horse and rider combinations then gather on Saturday morning at Glenwood Park to contest a mock hunt and individual test.
Photo courtesy of Liz Callar.
Awards are divided into two categories -- horses ridden by their owners and horses ridden by someone other than their owners. Championship and placings are awarded in each section. Additional awards also include recognition for Best Turned Out, Most Suitable Horse/Rider Pair and a Sportsmanship Award.
Registration for the 2017 competition is $300. The field is limited to 60 contestants. Entry forms and information are available from the Virginia Fall Races website.