by Hugh Robards
Internationally renowned Master and huntsman Hugh J. Robards engagingly informs foxhunters, new or experienced, how to more fully absorb the drama of the hunt. What is the huntsman doing? Why does he do that? What about the whippers-in? The Field Master? The hounds? The fox?
What problems do each encounter in the field during the course of a typical hunt? What decisions must they make? It may be a revelation to some, especially those who hunt to ride, but even while standing still, things are happening if you know what to look for and how to interpret what you see. By learning what to watch and listen for, field members can increase their awareness and thus their enjoyment of every hunting day.
As an added feature, an introduction by Norman Fine (editor of Covertside and The Derrydale Press Foxhunters' Library) provides the novice foxhunter with all he or she needs to know in the way of attire and etiquette to assure a gracious reception at any meeting of foxhounds and, better still, an invitation to return.
Robards' earlier memoir, Foxhunting in England, Ireland and North America, was one of Derrydale's best-selling books.
Hugh J. Robards was born in England in 1946. He was huntsman of the renowned County Limerick Foxhounds in Ireland for twenty-seven seasons, Joint-Master and huntsman for the Rolling Rock Hunt (PA), and is currently huntsman for the Middleburg Hunt in Virginia.
"Robards is a master storyteller." Martha A. Woodham, Covertside
"For those who have never hunted before but may wish to, Foxhunting, How to Watch and Listen is the perfect introduction...Foxhunting is full of stories, anecdotes, and humour, but it is equally a fascinating read for those who want to truly understand hunting."
The Irish Field