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Escape the Cold and Experience Legendary Southern Hospitality: Whiskey Road Fox Hounds' Hunt Week

Photo by Cat DaveyPhoto by Cat DaveyEver wondered what it would be like to get away from the ice, snow, and cold to spend a week or even a few days enjoying the beautiful, historic south with your horse and fun loving friends?

You aren’t alone. Others have wondered and now become regular fans of Whiskey Road’s famous southern hospitality and perfect weather that blesses winters in the South. For 12 years the Whiskey Road Fox Hounds of Aiken, South Carolina have treated their fellow fox hunters to some of the best sporting to be found in the mid south. An abundant supply of swift coyotes, foxes, and bob cat in the many WRFH fixtures provides a variety of sport for the pack of English and Crossbred hounds guided by their Irish Huntsman, Joseph Hardiman and his skilled staff.

Hunt Week begins January 30 and ends February 7, 2013. Guests may elect to stay the entire time or for a lesser fee participate for a half session. The Toronto North York Hunt winters in Aiken and regularly hunts with Whiskey Road, so guests to WRFH Hunt Week have the added pleasure of hunting with Toronto North York’s English and Crossbred Hounds led by Huntsman Antony Gaylard and MFH Wolf Von Teichman.

The Eglington & Caldeon Hunt Parades for Groves Hospital Foundation

The Eglinton and Caledon Hunt (Ontario, Canada) held a horse and hound parade in Elora on Sunday November 4. The event raised $3,800.00 for the Groves Hospital Foundation.  Professional Huntsman Stephen Clifton brought 12 couple of hounds to the village and 30 riders joined in.  The Mayor, local farmers, merchants along with 200 spectators were thrilled with the day and the township is planning to make it an annual event.

Barbara Batterton Leads the Way at the Virginia Field Hunter Championships

Barb Batterton_VFHC_2012Champion Barbara Batterton & Niki Z, Blue Ridge Hunt, by www.middleburgphoto.comOn November 11, 2012, Blue Ridge Hunt's Barbara Batterton bested a field of 24 competitors to win the Virginia Field Hunter Championships. Hosted by Fairfax Hunt, the Championships were held at Winter Farm in Middleburg, as a result of Fairfax member Karyn Wilson's win last year.

Each recognized hunt in Virginia is invited to select two members to send to the championship. The day starts with an optional Best Turned Out competition, where traditional turnout and appointments are closely inspected. After a brief break for any necessary tack changes, the competitors begin the competition by showing off their horses’ movement and training during a hack phase, with the group doing a walk, trot, and canter in each direction, as well as a hand gallop and hold hard. Then, led by the previous year’s winner, the group is off on a mock hunt through the surrounding hunt territory, where mounted judges score the competitors on their horses’ behavior in the front, middle and back of the field, their jumping style, and handiness. After the mock hunt, the judges confer and select ten finalists to compete in an individual test designed to show off each horse’s bravery, obedience, and form.

Full Cry in Moreland: Festivities Celebrate the Hunt with Scottish Flair

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Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, Bear Creek Hounds Invite Public to Two Weekends of Activities

MORELAND, Georgia—(Oct. 4, 2012) The Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, in association with Bear Creek Hounds, presents “Full Cry in Moreland: A Celebration of The Hunt” —two weekends of the best of Scottish tradition on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10.

Festivities on Nov. 3 include Scottish music and dancing, food and wine, at the Moreland Mill and Town Green. On Nov. 10, hunt season begins with The Bear Creek Hounds Opening Hunt and a “wee” Scottish Games competition featuring The Order of the Tartan of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Kick On! Deep Run Hunt Club Celebrates 125th Anniversary

deeprunIn September, the Deep Run Hunt Club officially kicks off a year of celebrations in honor of its 125th anniversary with two very special events.

On Sunday, September 30th, celebrations begin with a gathering of International and National leaders of foxhunting at the Clubhouse in Manakin-Sabot, VA. Highlights include the presentation of the Certificate of Recognition by the MFHA, a hound exhibition, Hunt Breakfast with special guests to include the Board of the International Union of Hunting with Hounds (IUHH) and the Board of the MFHA.

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