Slow and Ugly vs Fast and Pretty: Penn-Marydels (briefly) win at Belle Meade Performance Trials

belle meade 2013aPhoto by Ingrid KrampeThe Belle Meade Hunt’s February Performance Trial is usually a competition of the top cross-bred hounds in the country, the Ferraris of the hound world. Think Indianapolis 500. Think Daytona Speed Week. This year the Sedgefield Hunt was invited to bring our straight Penn-Marydels to the party. Needing an adventure and missing our friends at Belle Meade, we gladly said yes. It was a big road trip for me, my wife, Elaine, and Chris Moll, one of our whips. 

Belle Meade is an inspiration, a vibrant center of high quality hunting with a real sense of family. Multiple generations ride together, kids abound, staff is fantastic, and everyone is super friendly. Add a dose of competition and you have the makings for a fine time.

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.

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