Mosby Heritage Area Association Presents "Foxhunting: The History & Future of the Sport in the Piedmont", February 10, 2013

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A panel discussion sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm
National Sporting Library & Museum
102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117

A panel of four speakers discussing the history and the future of this region’s beloved foxhunting and equine sports. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and a discussion will follow.

Bear Creek Reaches Out to Community

Bear Creek Hounds2smallPhoto by Curtis RobbLike so many foxhunters, Master Hal Barry of Bear Creek Hounds (GA) has delighted in introducing people to the sport that inspired his passion to follow the hounds. Over the years, he and his wife Linda have opened their home and farm to visitors from around the country and around the world to share the thrills of foxhunting.

For the 2012 opening hunt, the Barrys and the other masters of Bear Creek Hounds reached out to the nearby community of Moreland to plan a two-day festival called “Full Cry in Moreland: A Celebration of the Hunt.” The festival was held in partnership with the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance and the Order of the Tartan of the Chattahoochee Valley.  The arts alliance oversees the operations of two museums celebrating Georgia authors and Moreland sons Erskine Caldwell and Lewis Grizzard, and the Order of the Tartan is devoted to keeping Scottish traditions alive.

2012 Marlborough Bowl Results

Marlborough Bowl 2012 smallGoshen Joint Master & Huntsman, Robert Taylor. Photo by Lexi Kruger.

The 2012 Marlborough Bowl was held Nov. 18, 2012 at Marlborough's kennels in Upper Marlborough, MD. Besting the field of entrants after completing four phases of competition were Goshen Hounds with 29 points. Marlborough Hunt Club was second with 23 points and Fairfax Hunt was third with 22 points. In the invitational competition, clubs compete against each other in four phases: a team hunter pace competition for the field members; bench judging of the hounds; a judged roading of hounds and finally a field trial test using a drag.

Escape the Cold and Experience Legendary Southern Hospitality: Whiskey Road Fox Hounds' Hunt Week

Photo by Cat DaveyPhoto by Cat DaveyEver wondered what it would be like to get away from the ice, snow, and cold to spend a week or even a few days enjoying the beautiful, historic south with your horse and fun loving friends?

You aren’t alone. Others have wondered and now become regular fans of Whiskey Road’s famous southern hospitality and perfect weather that blesses winters in the South. For 12 years the Whiskey Road Fox Hounds of Aiken, South Carolina have treated their fellow fox hunters to some of the best sporting to be found in the mid south. An abundant supply of swift coyotes, foxes, and bob cat in the many WRFH fixtures provides a variety of sport for the pack of English and Crossbred hounds guided by their Irish Huntsman, Joseph Hardiman and his skilled staff.

Hunt Week begins January 30 and ends February 7, 2013. Guests may elect to stay the entire time or for a lesser fee participate for a half session. The Toronto North York Hunt winters in Aiken and regularly hunts with Whiskey Road, so guests to WRFH Hunt Week have the added pleasure of hunting with Toronto North York’s English and Crossbred Hounds led by Huntsman Antony Gaylard and MFH Wolf Von Teichman.

The Eglington & Caldeon Hunt Parades for Groves Hospital Foundation

The Eglinton and Caledon Hunt (Ontario, Canada) held a horse and hound parade in Elora on Sunday November 4. The event raised $3,800.00 for the Groves Hospital Foundation.  Professional Huntsman Stephen Clifton brought 12 couple of hounds to the village and 30 riders joined in.  The Mayor, local farmers, merchants along with 200 spectators were thrilled with the day and the township is planning to make it an annual event.

Barbara Batterton Leads the Way at the Virginia Field Hunter Championships

Barb Batterton_VFHC_2012Champion Barbara Batterton & Niki Z, Blue Ridge Hunt, by www.middleburgphoto.comOn November 11, 2012, Blue Ridge Hunt's Barbara Batterton bested a field of 24 competitors to win the Virginia Field Hunter Championships. Hosted by Fairfax Hunt, the Championships were held at Winter Farm in Middleburg, as a result of Fairfax member Karyn Wilson's win last year.

Each recognized hunt in Virginia is invited to select two members to send to the championship. The day starts with an optional Best Turned Out competition, where traditional turnout and appointments are closely inspected. After a brief break for any necessary tack changes, the competitors begin the competition by showing off their horses’ movement and training during a hack phase, with the group doing a walk, trot, and canter in each direction, as well as a hand gallop and hold hard. Then, led by the previous year’s winner, the group is off on a mock hunt through the surrounding hunt territory, where mounted judges score the competitors on their horses’ behavior in the front, middle and back of the field, their jumping style, and handiness. After the mock hunt, the judges confer and select ten finalists to compete in an individual test designed to show off each horse’s bravery, obedience, and form.

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