Rocky Fork Headley Hunt Ball Brings Hound Enthusiasts Together

The Rocky Fork Headley Hunt Ball was held on May 11 and proved to be a rousing affair, capped off with a spontaneous horn blowing competition. We were thrilled to have representatives from three guest foxhunts in our region - Chagrin Valley, Miami Valley, and Camargo, as well as two basset packs - Three Creek and Okaw Valley. The night included dinner and dancing at historic Darby Dan Farm in Galloway, Ohio, owned in part by Rocky Fork member Debbie Phillips Bower.

Deep Run Hunt Moves Forward Following Kennel Fire

Deep Run Hunt suffered an unthinkable blow on the evening of April 8 when lightning struck the kennel building in Cumberland County, VA. As the structure became engulfed in flames, huntsman John Harrison reacted heroically, using a tractor bucket to pull down a wall and enable all but three puppies to escape. In the immediate aftermath, the foxhunting community rallied to help: hounds were taken in temporarily by Middleburg Hunt and Blue Ridge Hunt, and many people donated funds and effort to assist.

Wiggins Hounds Provide Traditional Sport in South Carolina

Wiggins Hounds was established by Master Edmund S. Twining, III, to provide mounted foxhunting in the finest British tradition in a spectacular South Carolina setting. Under the skill and dedication of huntsman Tommy Gesell, the pack was fully recognized by the MFHA in 2017, and now offers sport pursuing fox and coyote (and occasional feral hogs) from their beautiful kennels in Ehrhardt, about an hour from Charleston and Savannah, GA.

Beagles and Bassets Make Music at Aldie

Spring beagle and basset trials are underway at the National Beagle Club's Institute Farm in Aldie, VA. The historic property, a variety of woodland and open fields cultivated to maintain coverts for rabbits, will host the "Hounds f4r Heroes" Field Trials Event and Gala April 26-28. Bringing together both types of foot packs, the weekend's proceeds benefit the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center & Boulder Crest Retreat for veteran’s recovery and rehabilitation in Bluemont, VA.

Alpha and Omega - Foxhunting Together

It was rainy and cold and windy and, well, weather only a true fox hunter could embrace. When we moved off the clouds hung low, about to open at any moment in one of the many recent rain showers that our area in Tennessee has had of late.  I told myself to stiffen the sinews that this one was going to be instantly felt right to the core, but off we went, the stalwart Hillsboro Hounds Master, staff, and riders.

A Bit of Luck (and Thoughtful Choices) Strengthen the Montreal Pack

Breeding hounds is like gambling with a stacked deck. We increase our odds of winning by choosing and combining desirable traits and hoping that genetics will do the rest. Everyone who breeds with purpose has the intention of bettering their pack, whether it for drive, voice, biddability or any of the other factors which make a great hound. The unfortunate reality is that even the most favourable hand can lose when it comes to inherited genes.

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