Foxhunting Panel Discussion February 16 in Middleburg, VA

Mosby Heritage Area logoMIDDLEBURG, Virginia, January 8, 2014 – The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, will host on February 16th at 2:00pm, their annual event, Foxhunting in the Piedmont: History and Future of the Sport, featuring Masters of Foxhounds and enthusiasts for a casual conversation and panel discussion. The event will be held at the Hill School’s Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center at 103 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, Virginia.

The event will bring together current and former Masters of Foxhounds Dr. Will Allison, ex-MFH; Mr. Randy Rouse, MFH; Mr. Jake Carle, ex-MFH; Mr. Turney McKnight; and Mr. Tad Zimmerman, MFH to discuss their respective Hunts and any trends they are noticing in the field. The discussion will end with audience input and questions and will serve as a very informal and entertaining afternoon.  This event is great for all ages and interests.

Alexander James Custom Fittings at Tri-County Feeds, Etc

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MARSHALL, VA, January 9, 2014- Alexander James will be offering custom fittings at Tri-County Feeds, Etc. on January 30th and 31st from 9 – 5pm. Mr. James crafts the finest in custom equestrian and sporting apparel available.

Please contact Jeri to schedule an appointment at 540-364-0305.

Walk-ins welcome.

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Tri-County Feeds, Fashions, Finds
7408 John Marshall Hwy.
Marshall, VA. 20115

www.tricountyfeeds.com

Theresa Croce Beats the Heat to Take Top Call At North American Field Hunter Championships

NAFHC 2013www.middleburgphoto.comBlistering hot weather has visited Virginia the past 4 weeks; while not unusual this time of season, the length of the hot spell, with temperatures hovering in the high eighties and even reaching into the low nineties, has proved miserable to man and beast alike, but it failed to deter foxhunters who entered this year's N.A. Field Hunter Championships.

On Monday, September 30, the 2013 Field Hunter Championships began at Keswick. Hounds met at Glenwood, a fixture in the neighborhood of James Madison's Montpelier, outside the town of Orange, VA. Contestants from as far away as Florida and Georgia traveled to compete in the event, as well as to enjoy early autumn hunting in Virginia. They were not disappointed; Keswick huntsman Tony Gammel provided a fine day of sport in the lovely rolling countryside as hounds ran across the nearby road, back again, and beyond the fixture into a scenic expanse of woods and cornfields. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a tailgate as five contestants were selected for the finals.

Huntsmen Share Valuable Insight at Inaugural Whipper-In Seminar

Whipper In Seminar 2013Emily Esterson photoA standing-room-only crowd of prospective and practicing whippers-in gathered at Morven Park on May 25, 2013, the Saturday before the Virginia Foxhound Show, to hear huntsmen from eight respected hunts discuss the art and practice of whipping-in. The seminar provided an interesting mix of wisdom from the older, experienced huntsmen and fresh insights from our bright, younger huntsmen.

Our sport is changing. Coyotes are increasingly becoming the predominant quarry, making new demands on staff in terms of speed and distance. Road traffic is increasing in many hunting countries, posing new safety issues. As a result, many hunt staffs are breaking away from established ways, to the dismay of traditionalists, by utilizing high tech equipment to meet these new challenges. The use of radios, cell phones, tracking collars, and GPS equipment would not have been a serious subject for discussion at a seminar held ten years ago, but were among the topics addressed that day.

National Sporting Library Announces Photo Exhibit: Contemporary Hunters and their Gun Dogs

sporting dogMIDDLEBURG, VA - Award-winning fine art photographer Jesse Freidin has embarked on an epic documentary project telling the story of the contemporary American hunter. The first of its kind, this series uses traditional photo techniques to create a comprehensive survey of contemporary American sporting culture. The first public exhibition of this project is at the National Sporting Library & Museum, June 5, 2013 – September 29, 2013.

In the exhibit, NSLM George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator Claudia Pfeiffer underlines the motivations of the California and New York-based photographer to create the fifteen color and black and white photographic prints in American Sporting Heritage: A Portrait Survey of Contemporary Hunters and their Gun Dogs.

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