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.

Full Cry in Moreland: Festivities Celebrate the Hunt with Scottish Flair

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Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, Bear Creek Hounds Invite Public to Two Weekends of Activities

MORELAND, Georgia—(Oct. 4, 2012) The Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, in association with Bear Creek Hounds, presents “Full Cry in Moreland: A Celebration of The Hunt” —two weekends of the best of Scottish tradition on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10.

Festivities on Nov. 3 include Scottish music and dancing, food and wine, at the Moreland Mill and Town Green. On Nov. 10, hunt season begins with The Bear Creek Hounds Opening Hunt and a “wee” Scottish Games competition featuring The Order of the Tartan of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Kick On! Deep Run Hunt Club Celebrates 125th Anniversary

deeprunIn September, the Deep Run Hunt Club officially kicks off a year of celebrations in honor of its 125th anniversary with two very special events.

On Sunday, September 30th, celebrations begin with a gathering of International and National leaders of foxhunting at the Clubhouse in Manakin-Sabot, VA. Highlights include the presentation of the Certificate of Recognition by the MFHA, a hound exhibition, Hunt Breakfast with special guests to include the Board of the International Union of Hunting with Hounds (IUHH) and the Board of the MFHA.

Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds Celebrates a Century of Sport

centennialbuttonMaster Plunket Stewart would be proud to know his fabled Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds will celebrate its centennial season, 100 years of foxhunting, this fall with the opening of the 1912 – 1913 season.

A childhood dream to have his own pack of hounds, his own country and his own Hunt was fulfilled 99 years ago when the Master of Foxhounds Association recognized Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds.  It all began the year before when Mr. Stewart was driving in his touring car looking for his ideal hunting country.  He pulled off the road at the top of a hill overlooking the Doe Run Valley and knew he had found it.  Mr. Charles Mather granted him permission to claim the area that before had been considered the country of the Brandywine Hounds.  Little did they know then that Mr. Mather’s consent was the key that unlocked a century and counting of world-renowned foxhunting, relished by generations of Unionville area horsemen and women.

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