To qualify for the Exchange, riders had to be endorsed by the Master of their respective hunts and be a USPC member in good standing.
October 23 was the first junior hunt of the 20011 season for the Bijou Springs Hunt. The Lazy K 11 Ranch northeast of Kiowa, Colorado was experiencing beautiful Indian Summer weather with balmy temperatures and the cottonwood which border the Bijou Creek were gleaming gold.
The warm temperatures, however, were not conducive to great scenting as Huntsman Nancy Mitchell and 9 ½ couple of her most dependable hounds set out to show the young visitors what foxhunting is all about. The hounds tried their hardest. Axel, a veteran hound, clung tenaciously to every whiff of scent and his voice encouraged the rest of the pack to follow his lead. As the pack headed southwest toward the creek, one audacious coyote toyed with them. Finally, they reached the brush pasture and the coyote decided he’d had enough of the chase and slid out the west fence line which was the border of the country. Due to the timely intervention of whippers-in Meri Hatterman and Judi Tobias, the pack was turned and they headed southeast to the big sandhills.