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The Toronto Hunt celebrated its 175th anniversary in style on July 26 at its spectacular facility overlooking Lake Ontario. Toronto & North York Hunt (ON) members and hounds were invited to participate in the celebration. Huntsman Rosslyn Balding, assisted by Teresa Robinson and Laura Balding, brought three couples of hounds with them, including 2017 Canadian Foxhound Champion, Blue Ridge Wentworth '15. The hounds were a hit and everyone wanted photos with them. Numerous guests asked if we could come and hunt as there are numerous foxes and coyotes roaming the golf course.


This magnificent carriage escorted party guests. Photo by Karen Cybulski.

The evening was attended by numerous TNYH Members and their spouses including Bill Carter and Sonya Kowalenko, Carl and Joyce Dow, John and Pat Elder, Courtney and Jean Paul Gedeon, Andy Bite and Karen Cybulksi and TNYH’s own resident historian Polly Winsor. When guests arrived they stepped aboard a luxurious horse drawn carriage and were driven to the reception area, where they mingled with other guests and hounds amongst a collection of antique automobiles.


Huntsman Rosslyn Balding, center, and hounds were a big hit with attendees. Photo by Karen Cybulski.

Gourmet food and beverage stations were set up in an elegant tent and Rosslyn and the hounds greeted guests against the backdrop of Lake Ontario. Once the festivities and presentations started the hounds were put away and Rosslyn, Teresa and Laura joined in the festivities with the TNYH crowd.


The breathtaking setting, antique vehicles, and friendly hounds were a stunning combination. Photo by Karen Cybulski.

Mr. Hugh Hart, the Club’s Archivist reminisced about the Toronto Hunt’s rich history which is interwoven with that of the Toronto and North York Hunt. Mayor John Tory made a ceremonial presentation of a historical plaque and spoke about the importance and value of clubs to the local community. The twenty piece George Lake Big Band provided dancing music and the festivities continued into the night along with regular visits to the dessert table.


This elaborate cake incorporated the hunt's logo with scenes from the field. Photo by Karen Cybulski.

The evening came to an end with a spectacular display of fireworks that were enjoyed by all with the exception of a couple of hounds.


Fireworks thrilled the celebratory gathering. Photo by Michelle Quance.

The sabering of a champagne bottle followed by a champagne toast concluded the evening.


The handsome TNYH hounds with huntsman Rosslyn Balding and whippers-in Teresa Robinson and Laura Balding. Photo by Michelle Quance.

Toronto and North York Hunt will be holding its 175th Anniversary Hunt Ball at this historical and wonderful venue on Saturday, November 24, 2018. To learn more, visit its Facebook page or see the TNYH website.

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