Carolinas Performance Trials Participants Go Home Tired and Happy

Sedgefield Sleeping Hound 2013Marcia Brody photoThe Sedgefield Hunt's annual spring performance trial delivered an exciting sunset to the 2012-13 hunting season for 10 competitive foxhound packs and 55 individual hounds. More than 125 human participants, at least 110 of them on horseback, followed the hounds through two days of blistering coyote chases. Attendees hailed from as far away as Quebec, and Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas and Alabama. Hounds from Camargo probably made the longest trek to compete.

Game abounds in the more than 9000 acres of the J. Robert Gordon Field Trial Area, which is used primarily for bird dog training and competitions. The facility is nestled in the 63,000+ acres of the Sandhills Gamelands of Hoffman, North Carolina. As manager of the grounds for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, field trial huntsman Lincoln Sadler is intimately acquainted with the terrain and its inhabitants. Although the event is hosted by the Sedgefield Hunt, Sedgefield MFH Fred Berry is the first to thank the Moore County Hounds for sharing their territory. Huntsman Sadler whips in to Moore County Huntsman David Raley on a regular basis. Moore County MFH Cameron Sadler judged the bench portion of the field trial, and Raley also filled in as a judge on day two of the trial when one of the judges fell ill.

Mooreland Wary Takes Top Call at 2013 Southern Hound Show

Mooreland Wary smallWendy Butler photoThe seventh annual Southern Hound Show, held on April 6th at Live Oak Plantation Monticello, Florida, produced a perfect day for showing hounds, chilly in the morning and low seventies in the afternoon.

This year’s judges were Mr. Richard Tyacke, MFH, and huntsman of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s Wynnstay Hounds in England and Mrs. Tyacke who substituted for Dr. John W. D. McDonald, MFH, London Hunt in Canada who took ill the night before the show. Dr. Charlotte McDonald, MFH, London Hunt was the apprentice judge.

Slow and Ugly vs Fast and Pretty: Penn-Marydels (briefly) win at Belle Meade Performance Trials

belle meade 2013aPhoto by Ingrid KrampeThe Belle Meade Hunt’s February Performance Trial is usually a competition of the top cross-bred hounds in the country, the Ferraris of the hound world. Think Indianapolis 500. Think Daytona Speed Week. This year the Sedgefield Hunt was invited to bring our straight Penn-Marydels to the party. Needing an adventure and missing our friends at Belle Meade, we gladly said yes. It was a big road trip for me, my wife, Elaine, and Chris Moll, one of our whips. 

Belle Meade is an inspiration, a vibrant center of high quality hunting with a real sense of family. Multiple generations ride together, kids abound, staff is fantastic, and everyone is super friendly. Add a dose of competition and you have the makings for a fine time.

Mosby Heritage Area Association Presents "Foxhunting: The History & Future of the Sport in the Piedmont", February 10, 2013

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A panel discussion sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm
National Sporting Library & Museum
102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117

A panel of four speakers discussing the history and the future of this region’s beloved foxhunting and equine sports. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and a discussion will follow.

Bear Creek Reaches Out to Community

Bear Creek Hounds2smallPhoto by Curtis RobbLike so many foxhunters, Master Hal Barry of Bear Creek Hounds (GA) has delighted in introducing people to the sport that inspired his passion to follow the hounds. Over the years, he and his wife Linda have opened their home and farm to visitors from around the country and around the world to share the thrills of foxhunting.

For the 2012 opening hunt, the Barrys and the other masters of Bear Creek Hounds reached out to the nearby community of Moreland to plan a two-day festival called “Full Cry in Moreland: A Celebration of the Hunt.” The festival was held in partnership with the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance and the Order of the Tartan of the Chattahoochee Valley.  The arts alliance oversees the operations of two museums celebrating Georgia authors and Moreland sons Erskine Caldwell and Lewis Grizzard, and the Order of the Tartan is devoted to keeping Scottish traditions alive.

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