Heather Swan photo“She is a very accomplished young lady, if I do say so myself,” Vicki Powell said of her daughter, Carmen.
At 15 years old, Carmen Powell is a junior whipper-in to the Ottawa Valley Hunt in Canada, hunts her two horses at least twice a week and participates in working and showing hounds.
“I came to foxhunting through one of the Ottawa Valley Hunt’s hunter paces,” said Carmen, who got her first pony at age 10. “It’s always a well-attended event where anyone with a horse can come and ride marked trails across the hunt territory.
“I was excited to take my Quarter Horse, Boy, to the event. We both had so much fun that when I found out I could join a real live hunt as a junior, I leapt at the opportunity!”
At their first hunt in fall 2013, Carmen and Boy spent the hours trying not to pass the second flight field master.
“The next hunt the Master politely kicked me out of second field and into first. I never looked back. By then I was hopelessly in love with foxhunting,” Carmen said.