Belle Meade Christens "Grosvenor's Hill" for Tennessee Valley Joint Master

Merle SmithGretchen Pelham photoThis past January my Tennessee Valley Hunt went on the road for a Joint Meet with Belle Meade. We traveled with our professional huntsman Ryan Johnsey, ten couple of our Penn-Marydel hounds, four Joint Masters about a dozen members.  We went south to Georgia to hunt with Belle Meade and then off to the east over the Smoky Mountains to hunt with Red Mountain in the North Carolina.  Any time one travels to foxhunt then adventures will abound.  Due to these Joint Meets, I now have two new items to knock off my bucket list: 1) survived hunting in the pitch dark of night; and 2) was tutored on to how to fish for coyotes.

A Fan for Life: Virginia Hunt Week

Gardner VA Hunt week 13Gardner Howe photoThere was a steady rain falling as I left my home in our nation's capital to make my way to Virginia hunt country. Two of my friends, Jacob and Theresa, were visiting from Pennsylvania and had brought their horses with them to attend Virginia Hunt Week, as they do biannually. This year, it was held October 12-27, and 16 packs participated.

It didn’t take much persuading for me to join them this year. I had hunted a handful of times last season with Fairfax Hunt (now Loudoun Fairfax Hunt), so I was overjoyed by the invitation.

Moore County Performance Trials Kick Off a Centennial to Remember

Moore county trials 13Cameron Sadler photoIn 1914 the Boyd brothers in Southern Pines, North Carolina founded Moore County Hounds as a private pack. In 1942, “Pappy” Moss took over the helm, aided by his legendary wife Virginia, who was Master until her death in 2006. Richard “Dick” Webb is at present the oldest serving Master of any pack in the MFHA, and he, aided by young, energetic Master Cameron Sadler, with her other joint Masters, Effie Ellis and Mike Russell, are intent in celebrating the centennial year of the Moore County Hounds.

The private Penn-Marydel pack hunts fox and coyote primarily in the 5,000 acre Walthour-Moss Foundation property, a rolling sandy tract of pine woods, cut through with broad trails and inviting jumps.

Cocktails in the Country with Old Chatham Hounds

Old Chatham event nov 13Joshua C. Volff photoBraeburn Equestrian Center hosted “Cocktails in the Country” on October 19, 2013 at 5pm. Patricia Jon Salerno, huntsman for the Old Chatham Hunt Club, made a presentation of the hounds, accompanied by Mary Conmee. The enthusiastic crowd enjoyed learning about the hound pack, based in Old Chatham, NY. Since 1930, the Old Chatham Hunt Club has hunted the rolling countryside of Columbia County.

A silent auction, to benefit the Berkshire Morgan Youth group, featured many items for the horse lover. Dappled Grey and O’ Shaugnessey, sponsors of the event, provided their beautiful, new “Flynn” jacket for the auction. Deux Chevaux’s “Feedbag” in scarlet melton wool, horseshoeing by Collin Kimple, Bainbridge and Company jewelry, and many other generous donations helped make the auction a success.

Goldens Bridge Hounds Exceed the Challenges of Opening Day

Goldens Bridge Oct 13The Goldens Bridge Hounds of North Salem, New York opened its eighty-ninth formal season on Saturday, October 5, 2013. By any measure, this was an opening day to remember.
As all sporting people know, Mother Nature may sometimes set a challenging stage. By New York standards, this early October morning could only be described as balmy. The humidity hovered at over 85%. The temperature exceeded 60 degrees at 7:30 a.m. and was quickly rising. To add to the challenge, the ground was bone dry since there had been virtually no rain for nearly two weeks.

South Creek Foxhounds in Hot Pursuit

S Creek Hunt Report OctKatie Hayes photoFor those of you interested in stats (you know who you are) we are at 75% of hunts with runs so far! That is an amazing accomplishment considering that most of our hunt country is under water. This stat includes today's longest run of the season- 65 minutes!

After casting in the northern part of the property, the hounds were near the gates in the middle of Wyndfields when they took off full cry running from covert to covert headed southeast. They then made a turn to the west and made a big circle all the way to the Smith Road gate, circling north through the palmettos, and back through the middle gate where the pack split for a time.

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