We are saddened to report on the passing of four outstanding masters in recent weeks. These individuals contributed selflessly to their hunting community and to our sport in general. Please look for full obituaries in our Spring print issue.
Helen Kruger-Abercrombie, MFH Juan Tomas Hounds (NM), passed away on November 8. She grew up in New Mexico and Texas and throughout her life, enjoyed the outdoors and introducing newcomers to the beauty of the Southwest. In addition to foxhunting, she and her family enjoyed trail riding, racing Quarter Horses and improving the quality of racing in New Mexico. She also loved to encourage her grandsons as they competed in the hunter/jumper ring. Appointed Master in 1977, she was the longest-serving female Master in the United States at the time of her death.
Frederic Grossman, ex-MFH Smithtown Hunt (NY), passed away on October 25. Mr. Grossman followed hounds for more than four decades. His mastership saw many changes and challenges for the sport as development spread across its Long Island country. He worked tirelessly to adapt traditions and maintain relations with landowners, in order to help Smithtown flourish into this century.
Sherman Haight, ex-MFH Litchfield County Hounds (CT) and former president of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, passed away on October 17, 2016. A World War II veteran, Mr. Haight also served as president of the United States Pony Clubs in the 1960s. Together with Joe Rogers and Paul Krauss, he helped to create the Museum of Hounds and Hunting at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. He contributed a great deal as a leader to our sport and to the MFHA.
Bijou Springs Hunt (CO) lost their senior Master, Martha Love, on December 1. She had served as Master since 1988. In addition to Bijou Springs, "Master Martha," as she was known, hunted with De La Brooke Hounds, Mission Valley Hunt Club, and Rivers Divide Hounds. She and her husband also raised Trakehners on their farm in Colorado. In accordance with her wishes, her ashes were spread over her beloved hunt country.
We extend our condolences to their families and friends.