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In Memoriam: Sally Spilman Tufts

Mrs. Maximilian A. Tufts, "Sally," passed away January 1, 2016, at 91 years old. Sally was a Master at Warrenton Hunt (VA) from 1978 until 2000. When she stepped down from that role, she never stopped helping and was a mentor to many throughout the mounted hunting community. Anyone lucky enough to have known her could tell you how special she was. Foxhunting has lost one of its heroes.

Gone Away: Three Prominent Foxhunters

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of  three great foxhunters: Carol Easter, MFH, Farmington Hunt (VA); Tommy Jackson, MFH and former huntsman, Mission Valley Hunt Club (KS); and Fred Cockerill, former longtime huntsman, Red Mountain (NC). All were examples of the best of our sport.

Kick On, Wendy Hopper

When someone says "Lady Foxhunter", Wendy Hopper comes to mind immediately as the ideal - a beautiful rider, dedicated foxhunter and wonderful friend. With unending sadness, Amwell Valley Hounds of New Jersey passes on the news that our dear friend Wendy lost her battle with cancer on September 27, 2015.  

Rachel Lynne Gray 1983-2015

Rachel Lynne Gray died on June 25, 2015. Born September 30, 1983 in Warrenton, VA, Rachel attended Virginia Commonwealth University before embarking on a career hunting and riding flat and steeplechase racehorses.

Rachel was a long standing member of the Piedmont Fox Hounds family, whipping-in to her father, Huntsman Butch Gray. Later she served as barn manager and whipped-in to her husband, Spencer Allen. She served Piedmont with a fierce commitment and passion.

Survived by her parents Barbara and Randy Chappell and Butch and Bugsy Gray, Rachel also leaves behind her three children, Amelia Faith, Charlie Bell, and Beverly Ruth as well as her sisters Anne Dalton, Loretta Jean, Crystal Jane, and Jessica Marie along with many extended family and friends.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, July 1, 2015, led by Reverend Robert Bance at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a fund to benefit her children: The Rachel L. Gray Memorial Fund, c/o The Fauquier Bank, 10 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA 20186.

After a Lifetime of Hunting, Melvin Poe Has Gone Away

BBP Poe SmallBetsy Burke Parker photoLoved by people far and wide, 94 year old Melvin Poe died at his home in Hume, VA on September 13, 2014. Poe’s official professional career spanned 44 years, but truthfully, he spent his lifetime with the sport. He hunted hounds for Old Dominion from 1947-1962 and for Orange County from 1962 until his “retirement” in 1991. In retirement, Melvin hunted the private Bath County Hounds until 2011. When Bath County disbanded in 2011, Melvin started hunting his own pack of hounds, going out twice a week with friends and family.

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