Shakerag Hounds (GA) continued their New Year's tradition of presenting the Doll Williams Sportsmanship and Service Award. This year's recipient is Beth Masengill, who has made numerous contributions to the club, including chairing both our silent auction and landowners' barbecue, volunteering with the hunt ball committee, and creating beautiful decorations for our opening meet.
Pictured are ( L-R) Master West Hamryka, Beth Masengill, and Master Jim O'Callaghan. Photo courtesy Shakerag Hounds.
Massengill has hunted with Shakerag for five seasons and also served as an outrider at their steeplechase races.
The award's namesake, Doll Williams, has been an active member of Shakerag Hounds since 1981. She has hunted in first and second flight and led third flight for more than 10 years. Most recently, Williams has served as a dedicated road whip. Always sharing a positive attitude, she is enthusiastic and encouraging of new members to get in the game.
Williams actively participates in all things Shakerag, including hound exercise, puppy shows, hound shows, and away hunts. Her incredible heart and unflagging willingness to help others has fostered sportsmanship, stewardship and participation among both old and new members of the club. This exceptional leadership warranted establishment of an award in her name, honoring those who demonstrate that same passion for the sport of foxhunting.
“Doll Williams is someone I respect so much for her many contributions and sportsmanship at Shakerag over the years," Massengill said. "To win an award named for her is truly an honor.”
Founded in 1943 and recognized by the MFHA in 1950, Shakerag is the oldest recognized hunt club in Georgia. Covertside reported on local Pony Club riders visiting their kennels in this article last summer. For more information about Shakerag Hounds, please visit their website.