Marcia 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.