2015 Christmas Parade Gallery

Early December weekends in hunt country mean Christmas parades, and local hunt clubs turn out to join in the festivities! From South Carolina to West Virginia, horses, hounds, and riders of every age brought some scarlet and smiles to their hometown crowds. Tack was polished, manes were braided, ponies were costumed, and ladies rode aside. Enjoy this gallery of images submitted by our readers.

Belle Meade Hunt Celebrates 50th Opening Meet

Belle Meade Hunt 50th Anniversary Hunt Medal

"Our Opening Meet is more than a hunt. It is a festival celebrating the sport of foxhunting!" Epp Wilson, MFH, summed up the celebratory atmosphere at the 50th Opening Meet of Belle Meade Hunt (GA) on November 14, 2015. Recognition of landowners, gratitude for the efforts of the hunt community, active involvement of the club's junior riders, and a festive flotilla of Tally Ho wagons all contributed to a glorious event.

Caroline Hunt Headlines Mount Vernon's "Horses and Hounds" Event

Photo: Mount Vernon - Robert Shenk

On November 14, George Washington's Mount Vernon hosted a day-long event celebrating our first president's love of horses, hounds and hunting. Caroline Hunt (VA) gave a series of demonstrations on the vast grounds of the estate, before a crowd of 3,000 visitors. This successful promotion of our sport at a landmark site was the culmination of two years of work between Robert Ferrer, MFH, and staff at Mount Vernon.

Gin Joint Shines in Thoroughbred Makeover Competition

Photo by JAS Photography, copyright 2015

Emily Daignault-Salvaggio, Coatesville, PA, and her horse Gin Joint clinched the Field Hunter division of the 2015 Thoroughbred Charities of America Thoroughbred Makeover. Daignault-Salvaggio is no stranger to buying horses off the track. With professional experience in the racing industry, foxhunting and eventing, she knows the ins and outs of ex-racehorses and transitioning them into new careers, and when she decided to start shopping for a new horse, she had the Retired Racehorse Project Makeover specifically in mind.

Spend a Glorious Fall Weekend in Upstate New York with Genesee Valley Hunt

Genesee Valley Hunt looks forward to foxhunters of all ages participating in the pack’s Sporting Weekend, October 9th-11th, 2015. The valley is a beautiful spot during the first part of October and the fall colors will arrive along with crisp mornings!

The weekend will kick off with a formal late afternoon hunt on Friday, October 9th, followed by a pre-race party welcoming all of our visitors and the participants in the races. The races begin Saturday morning, October 10th, with sanctioned races over jumps, flat races, and other fun races, including a pace race for fox hunters and heavy horses.

Loudoun Point-to-Point to Host Side Saddle Race

Steeplechase racing returns to its traditional roots when the inaugural Mrs. George C. Everhart Memorial Invitational Side Saddle Chase, the first to be held in America since the 1930s, makes its debut at the 49th annual Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point Races on Sunday, April 12, at historic Oatlands Plantation.

“This groundbreaking event brings a new dimension to steeplechase racing because it speaks to the foundation of the sport,” said Donna Rogers, Master of Foxhounds of the Loudoun Fairfax Hunt. “We are delighted to host the inaugural race, which I think will become a popular new tradition and do much to spur interest in riding aside, steeplechase racing, foxhunting and land conservation in Virginia.”

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