Wellington-Waterloo Hunt in Cambridge, Ontario will celebrate their 50th anniversary this coming season. There are some personnel changes too, as Kris Baker has retired as Joint Master, a position she has held since 2003. Over the years, Kris has done it all: Master, president, huntsman and whipper-in. This year’s opening meet on September 27, 2015 will be a gala occasion reflecting the hunt's 50-year anniversary and guests from other hunts will be welcomed.
Colin Brown arrived from England to assume his duties as the new huntsman for the Eglinton and Caledon Hunt. Colin’s last position as a huntsman was in Northern Ireland with the Mid Antrim Hounds. Previous to that he was the Kennel Huntsman at Western Hunt in Cornwall, and previous to that at the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt, and the Waverley Harriers.
Dr. Charlotte MacDonald, Master of The London Hunt, has reported in that all is stable in their club. Paul and Yvonne Wilson, huntsman and whipper-in, are now in their 8th or 9th season with London. No change in masterships. As Charlotte describes it “rather boring really”.
John Harrison is now in the second season of his come-back as huntsman with Toronto and North York Hunt. A successful spring hunting season included meets in the ECH northern country, which provided some outings for the membership while the ECH season was held in abeyance. The puppy show, hunter pace and gourmet hacks will round out the rest of the summer season.
There have been big changes at the Hamilton Hunt as Andrew Maren, the huntsman, has left to join the Montreal Hunt. Masterships have also changed with Richard Christensen taking over as both MFH and huntsman. Karl Christensen, MFH, previously retired, is returning to take up the mastership reins once again.
The Ottawa Valley Hunt has welcomed Antony Gaylard as new huntsman. Antony was previously with the Montreal Hunt. Mark McManus, the OTV's previous huntsman, has left to join the Chagrin Valley Hunt in Ohio. September will mark the OTV's 140th hunting season.
How many eCovertside readers know that there are actually ten hunt clubs in Canada? Do come up and experience it for yourselves!