The Morris Museum Announces a The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions

Dog show sept ecovThomas EarlOrganized by the Morris Museum, The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions (September 12, 2014-December 14, 2014) celebrates dogs in art from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on British and American artists.  William Secord, a recognized expert on dog painting, has served as an advisor for the show.

Exploring how dogs embody a broad spectrum of emotions, this exhibition will examine works of art in which the dog takes center stage: demonstrating the performance of hounds and sporting dogs working in the field; showcasing specific characteristics of a breed as depicted in pure-bred portraits; and highlighting pet portraits that portray the dog in its domestic environment.  

Red Rock Hounds to Host Week of Hunting in October

Red Rock logoCome join the fun, the best people ever, and the vast and exciting territories of Lynn Lloyd’s Red Rock Hounds!
The Ninth Triennial Pacific District Joint Meet and National Invitational Meet will be held October 14-19, 2014 in Reno Nevada and features five days of hunting and breakfasts, receptions, and the Red Rock Hounds "Jeans and Jewels" Hunt Ball.
 
For event information visit www.redrockhounds.com. To register visit www.eqsignups.com. 
For stabling/livery information contact Lynn Lloyd or Angela Murray Ross Creek Farm 775-969-3243 25 Spoke Rd., Reno, NV 89508  
Angela Murray:  angela@redrockhounds.com

Update on Missing Hound Live Oak Charter

Live Oak Charter, who went missing from the Virginia Hound Show May 24, 2014 in Leesburg, VA, is sadly still hanging about the Middleburg LOH logoTennis Club. Chanter was first spotted near the Tennis Club, roughly 20 miles from Morven Park, in early June. Repeated attempts to secure him have been unsuccessful. Piedmont Huntsman Spencer Allan and Whipper-In Neill Amatt have been on call to assist with capturing Charter.

According to Live Oak MFH Daphne Wood, Chanter "won't go in the trap or let Spencer Allen catch him. It's miraculous that he got from Morven Park to there without getting run over and has kept from getting run over since getting there.
I wish we had a bigger trap as Spencer thinks he early on went in half way, got the food, triggered the trap door but it may have come down on his back without catching him inside and now he is trap wise and spooky."

Foxhunter Barbara Smith Finishes 9th in the Mongol Derby

Barbara SmithBarbara SmithBarbara Smith, whipper-in with the Marlborough Hunt in Maryland, finished in the top 10 of the Mongol Derby, placing ninth in a field that started with 41 riders and ended with 37. Not only was she one of only three U.S. riders to finish in the top 10, she was also the oldest rider in the race—starting at the age of 60 and finishing at the age of 61. (Her birthday was the final day of the race, August 16…quite a birthday present!)

We caught up with Barbara shortly after her return to the States to ask her a few questions.

What was the hardest part of the race?
It is incredibly physically demanding. It’s now a week later and my body is just starting to feel normal again. It was really hard, really tough. On the ride itself, the scariest thing were the wild Mongolian dogs. The herders use them as guard dogs and they’re incredibly fierce. They come after you snarling and biting. I had one wild dog literally swinging from the tail of my horse. Luckily, one of the support vehicles just happened to be driving up behind us at that point and the driver swung the car at the dog to get it off my horse. My biggest fear was falling and being bitten by the dogs.

Alasdair Storer Named Huntsman for New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds

Ally StorerKaren Myers photoThe New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds have welcomed Alasdair Storer as their incoming huntsman for 2014-2015, following Robert Taylor’s retirement from NM-MVH.  

Storer and his family have been heavily involved in hunting hounds for generations. His great, great grandfather was the longest serving Master and huntsman of the East Sussex Foxhounds, while his father was a professional huntsman and his mother was born on the back of a horse. Involved in various capacities with hounds and horses since 1986, Storer held positions as Professional Whipper-In and Huntsman with several foxhound packs in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada from 1998-2009.

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