Our Annual Pilgrimage to the Carolinas Cup Performance Trials
Three years ago, I, along with hunt members and friends from Stonewall Hounds, made my first trek down to Southern Pines for the Carolinas Cup Performance Hound Trials in Hoffman, NC. It was a fabulous weekend, and some of the best, fastest hunting I had ever experienced. After a weekend like that, of course we planned to come back the next year, and the next, and so on and so on. What started as way to get away from snow in Virginia has become an annual pilgrimage that our hunt looks forward to all season.
This past March, Fred Berry and his Sedgefield Hunt members hosted their fifth Carolinas Cup at the Sandhills Gamelands, in Hoffman, NC. The 9,000 acres of state-owned sandy trails, open longleaf pines and well-defined coverts that run along the creeks, called “heads”, make it an ideal place to run hounds and collect scores.
Because the territory is jump-free, many more people can enjoy riding in first flight and enjoy the fast, open galloping—which is not often possible in many areas where development has encroached on hunting territory.