At the end of January, Tejon Hounds (CA) hosted an action-packed week of hunting (various quarry, with various packs, and various types of hounds), fine dining, shopping, and simply enjoying their spectacular open country.
Visiting clubs Red Rock Hounds (NV), Santa Fe West Hills Hunt (CA), Santa Ynez Valley Hounds (CA), Grand Canyon Hounds (AZ) all brought hounds to participate.
The breathtaking Tejon country. Cathy Evans photo.
Tejon Ranch boasts 270,000 acres of available country, with territory ranging from the Central Valley with lush, green hill pastures, to the high desert and oak savannas of Antelope Valley. Guests enjoyed six days of hunting, with each fixture highlighting a different area and terrain. Huntsman Tyce Mothershead took out his pack twice, and the visiting packs provided sport on other days. Red Rock and Santa Ynez Valley combined their packs, twenty-four couple total, for one meet. And no fewer than eight coyote were viewed during a hard-riding day behind the Grand Canyon pack.
Tejon huntsman, Tyce Mothershead, and Angela Murray, MFH Red Rock Hounds. Hilary Mothershead photo.
First Whipper-in, Hilary Mothershead, reported, "Each day of hunting we had great weather with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, and great moisture for scenting. The hounds from each hunt provided great sport with long chases on coyote. Multiple coyotes were viewed each day." The hosts provided stabling for guest horses at Tejon Equestrian Center, and housing for two-legged guests was also available on the Ranch. Hirelings were enjoyed by many who took advantage of so many meets during the week.
Lurchers in action! Cathy Evans photo. More photos at her online gallery here.
On non-hunting days, participants enjoyed jack rabbit coursing with lurchers. This was followed by lunch at the Adobe House at Tejon's High Desert Hunt Club, which is a bird hunting group. A tour of the Ranch and shopping at the Outlets at Tejon were also on the schedule. In proper Western fashion, the Blue Jean Ball - held in the Equestrian Center's covered arena with a live band and catered dinner - offered riders a chance to show off their dance steps.
Plans are already underway for Tejon Hunt Week 2017. For more information, visit their website here.
To follow Tejon Hounds on Facebook, find them here.
Many thanks to Hilary Mothershead for providing information about this fantastic week.