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George Washington's Mount Vernon Welcomes Biennial Seminar

Our 2018 Biennial Seminar promises to be an unforgettable celebration of foxhunting’s past, present, and future. Open to all, the weekend will feature invaluable wisdom from our sport’s leaders, set against the spectacular backdrop of Mount Vernon, Washington’s family home and now a 500-acre National Historic Landmark. Participants will have unprecedented access to the renovated mansion, with its sweeping views of the Potomac River, along with expert insight from two noted Washington scholars. Surely meeting with the first president’s approval, foxhounds representing English, American, Crossbred, and Penn-Marydel breeds will gather on the estate’s lawn for evaluation. With additional sessions on retraining ex-racehorses, opening new country, and Masters’ responsibilities, the June 22-24 Seminar will be a fantastic learning opportunity for everyone who follows hounds.

Glenmore Hunt Joins Christmas Parade

Glenmore Hunt Club (VA) has been absent from the local parade scene in the Shenandoah Valley for some years. We made a joyful and just-before-the-deadline choice to make our comeback at the Christmas Parade in lovely Bridgewater, VA. It is a smaller parade, just starting out a few years ago. In the spirit of "it takes a club" the word went out for horses and riders, staff, hounds, hound walkers, bannermen, a driver for the rig (to keep the hounds from having to hike so far) and merry muckers. Ponies were washed, tack was cleaned, warm wear was pulled from storage and then....it started to snow!

Green Creek Hosts Carolina Foothills Field Hunter Trial

September 23, 2017 marked the return of the field hunter trial to the Carolina Foothills. Another celebration of the horse in sport, the event is one of the MFHA’s Hark Forward series that showcases the sport of foxhunting, the field hunter as the original sporthorse, the preservation of open space, and the joy of riding cross country following hounds. Blessed with beautiful dry weather and sunshine, the event was hosted at the new facility for the Green Creek Hounds, a state-of-the-art kennel with beautiful pasture and surrounding fields.

TNYH Blue Ridge Wentworth Tops Canadian Hound Show

The 63rd running of the Canadian Hound Show was hosted June 17, 2017 by the Toronto and North York Hunt at their kennels located in the rolling hills of Mulmur, Ontario. Six Canadian hunts participated including Montreal Hunt (QC), Ottawa Valley Hunt (ON), Beaver Meadows Foxhounds (ON), Toronto and North York Hunt (ON), Hamilton Hunt (ON) and Wellington Waterloo Hunt (ON).

Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America Inducts Atkins, Beeman, and Wood

Three exceptional huntsmen were honored by the Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America on the eve of the Virginia Foxhound Show. The late James L. Atkins, former huntsman at Virginia's Old Dominion Hounds, Piedmont Fox Hounds, and Warrenton Hunt, Marvin Beeman, DVM, MFH, Arapahoe Hunt (CO), and C. Martin Wood, MFH, Live Oak Hounds (FL) were inducted into the Huntsmen's Room at the Museum, located in the north wing of the main house at Morven Park, near Leesburg.

Willowdale Side Saddle Steeplechase Qualifies Riders for UK's Dianas of the Chase

The inaugural running of the Miss Nancy Nicholas Memorial Side Saddle Race at Willowdale Steeplechase, held on May 14 in Pennsylvania, was the third in the spring season of side saddle races under the umbrella of the Side Saddle Chase Foundation. Miss Nic, as she was known, was an avid and brave side saddle rider who was a familiar face in many a hunt field, and no terrain or obstacle would hold her back when hounds were running! We were thrilled to run this race in her honor, and we believe she would have approved of all eight riders and their horses who lined up to start.


All smiles after completing the stiff course. Image courtesy of Middleburg Photo.

The amazing two mile course included ten 3' timber fences, most of which had been built specifically for this event, thanks to the generosity of Dixon Stroud, founder of the Willowdale Steeplechase and board member of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds (PA). All the ladies who raced at Willowdale also hunt regularly, and came from as far as St. Louis, MO as well as Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The top three finishers also qualified for the famous Dianas of the Chase, a prestigious side saddle race held annually in Leicestershire, England, at the beginning of December.


Mrs. Hannum, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and race namesake Miss Nancy Nicholas. Photo by Ed Thomas, from "Scarlet on Scarlet" by Prue Osborn.

McCradys, owned and trained by Lauren Schock and ridden by Julie Nafe, was the winner. Fort Henry, under owner/trainer Stephanie Dowling, finished second, and Sarah Martin guided her El Pegaso to third. Full results included: 4th - In Todd We Trust, 5th - Galon Hapus, 6th - Madame Bellvedere, 7th - Little Lady, 8th - Patrick.

A hotly-contested Best Turned Out award was won by Little Lady and Amy Magee, who also won Best Conditioned non-Thoroughbred. Best Conditioned Thoroughbred went to Sarah Martin's El Pegaso.


Don Cagle helps saddle third place finisher and Best Conditioned Thoroughbred, the aptly-named El Pegaso, Sarah Martin up. Photo courtesy of Sarah Martin.

Many thanks to all at Willowdale for allowing us to run over their beautiful and challenging course, and a huge thank you to all prize donors and volunteers who assisted in making this such a huge success and crowd pleaser. Side saddle racing is definitely a growing phenomenon! Both Cheshire and Loudoun Point to Point meets included races aside on their cards, and next weekend another contest is scheduled at the Potomac Hunt Races (MD).

Contributor Kristie Brabosky is chair of the racing committee at the Side Saddle Chase Foundation. She is also co-chair, with Jock Hannum, of the Cheshire Point to Point, and takes the third flight in the hunt field at Cheshire.


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