- Foxhunters OnLine
Blistering 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.