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Virginia Foxhound Show Highlights a Busy Weekend at Morven Park

The 70th Virginia Foxhound Show took place on Sunday, May 28 on the tree-lined lawn at Morven Park, just outside Leesburg, Virginia. The largest hound show in North America, organized by the Virginia Foxhound Club (VFC), capped a weekend of events celebrating hounds, huntsmen, and sporting life. At day's end, Orange County (VA) Kermit earned the Grand Champion title, with Bull Run (VA) Ella receiving the nod as Best Performance Trial Hound. 

Myopia Earns Top Honors at New England Hound Show

Hounds from six different hunts traveled to Vermont to attend the New England Hound Show, hosted on May 7th by Green Mountain Hounds (VT). Myopia Lupy bested her packmates and entries from Norfolk (MA), Tanheath (CT), North Country (VT), Wentworth (NH) and Old North Bridge (MA) to take Grand Champion Honors. Reserve went to Penn-Marydel Wentworth Yesman. Three divisions of junior handlers, a retired foxhound class and the hornblowing competition kept judge Andrew Barclay busy.

Fort Leavenworth Hounds Compete Away and at Home

Fort Leavenworth Hunt (KS) has been on the road this spring, attending hound shows near and far as the season gets underway. In April, they traveled to the Southwest Hound Show, hosted by Brazos Valley Hounds (TX), and then returned home to host the Central States Hound Show last weekend. Dr. Steven Thomas, Master and huntsman, shared his report.

Former Hunt Horse Stars as Park Service Mount

When new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived for his first day of work in Washington, D.C. on horseback, the unusual mode of transport attracted national media attention. The commentators and reporters overlooked the special background of the striking bay roan horse selected for Zinke to ride. The even-tempered sport horse previously carried Jessica R. Swan, ex-MBH, and Clay Smith in the hunt field for several seasons after being imported from Ireland. Swan donated him to the National Park Service's Park Police when he retired from hunting in 2014.

Foxhunters Participate in Inaugural Parade

Two of the many equestrian participants in last month's Inaugural Parade are active foxhunters. Bennett Opitz, a fourth-generation foxhunter whose parents are Masters at Thornton Hill-Fort Valley (VA), rode with the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry. Diane Brady, of Waterloo Hunt Club (MI), traveled all the way to Washington, DC, with her hunt horse as an invitee of the Michigan Multi-jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team and Color Guard. Both riders enjoyed the honor and excitement of taking part in this historic tradition.

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