Long Run Woodford Hounds' Caldwell Talks Juniors and Hounds

I have been blessed in my role as an amateur huntsman for Long Run Woodford Hounds (LRWH) to “bring forward” juniors to ride with me while I hunt the hounds on many occasions during my career. As all huntsmen are basically charged with the duty to “show good sport to the fields,” I think as an amateur, I have an equal duty to try to pass along thoughts, information and wisdom to the next generation. It’s just like running a business, you’ve always got to be developing your “succession plan.”

Sonya Thorbecke, 97, Sets the Pace for Her Foxhunting Family

A forty-year member of Sewickley Hunt (PA), Sonya Thorbecke continues to care for her own horses at home while enjoying the shared passion for foxhunting she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Carrying on her tradition, daughter Noël Estes, former Master at Old North Bridge Hounds (MA), and granddaughter Katie Estes today belong to Norfolk Hunt (MA) and in turn, welcome new converts to our sport.

Mike the Mustang Fits the Bill at Mission Valley Hunt

Professional  kennel huntsman Ryan Beer covers Mission Valley Hunt's (KS) wide-ranging country on his mustang, Mike. From wooded territory near Stilwell to open cropland and pasture at Flint Hills, the tough grey gelding - originally captured in South Dakota - tackles all obstacles with reliable sure-footedness and stamina. Beer shared the happy Christmas story of how Mike came to be his staff mount.

River Hills Foxhounds Bring Cheer to Local Seniors

River Hills Foxhounds (PA) members in full hunt livery - with seasonal accessories - visited Quarryville Presbyterian Home earlier this month to share hounds, equines, and Christmas carols with the senior residents there. The festive group included Maybeline the mule, Dominic the burro, a tiny cur lap dog and plenty of foot followers of all ages to greet and perform for the delighted senior citizens.

Breed the Best to the Best and Hope for the Best

Last summer, we highlighted the pedigree and performance record of Hillsboro Brighton '12. With the season underway, we touch base again with huntsman John Gray, who shares some insights into hound evaluation and his breeding decisions for this bloodline: His recent Hark Forward Performance Trials Champion, Hillsboro Salty '15, has been bred to one of Brighton's sons. Here are his thoughts on various performance trials winners in that pedigree.

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