Kimberton Hunt Club (PA) hosted the annual Penn-Marydel Hound Show on September 9, 2018 at its kennels in Chester Springs, PA. Ashley Hubbard, huntsman at Green Spring Valley Hounds (MD), served as judge for the upbeat day despite chilly and wet conditions. Hounds competed from Kimberton, Thornton Hill (VA), Longreen (TN), Cedar Knob (TN), Mells (TN), and Warwick Village (PA).
In a significant triumph for Headwaters Hounds (CO), for Master and huntsman Alison Brown, and for the sport of mounted foxhunting itself, a Colorado jury found in favor of the hunt on three separate matters at the conclusion of a jury trial in Chaffee County last week. First, the jurors determined that the hunt did not constitute a legal nuisance, as alleged by neighbors Chris Vely and Laura Barton. Second, in a countersuit brought by Brown, the jury found that Vely and Barton had defamed Brown in online and print materials and awarded her damages, along with additional damages to the hunt itself for economic and other harm. Finally, the jury concluded that hunt activities meet the requirements of Colorado law to be considered an agricultural operation.
The one hundred and fourth edition of the Bryn Mawr Hound Show brought together foxhounds, bassets, and beagles for a weekend of festive celebration and friendly competition. Its unique Best in Show championship saw the finest individuals from these three different breeds move out under the scrutiny of judge Martin Wood, MFH. Ultimately, the spectacular American dog Orange County Kermit '15 (Potomac Kadillac '12 x Orange County Pernod '11) was named champion and, in Wood's words, "Probably the finest American foxhound I have ever seen."
The best hounds on the continent came together to compete over Memorial Day weekend, but at the end of the Virginia Foxhound Show, two from Tennessee took home the top trophies. Dr. Marvin Beeman, MFH, named Hillsboro Hounds' (TN) English bitch, Walnut, Grand Champion of Show, and placed her Crossbred kennelmate, Starlight, in the reserve spot before a cheering crown on the lawn at Morven Park. The previous evening, Millbrook Hunt (NY) huntsman Donald Philhower received the Ian Milne Award in recognition of his service as a mentor to fellow hunt staff.
Shakerag Hounds (GA) continued their New Year's tradition of presenting the Doll Williams Sportsmanship and Service Award. This year's recipient is Beth Masengill, who has made numerous contributions to the club, including chairing both our silent auction and landowners' barbecue, volunteering with the hunt ball committee, and creating beautiful decorations for our opening meet.