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For the Joy of It!

bruce miller.jim grahamJim Graham photoPhotographer Jim Graham captured an exuberant Bruce Miller—MFH and Field Master of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds—in a moment that conveys by expression and posture the pure joy of galloping cross country. From Miller’s dainty grip on his stick to the loop in his reins, this is a picture of a confident rider on a trustworthy horse.

F. Bruce Miller was the trainer of five-time champion and Hall of Fame steeplechase horse, Lonesome Glory. Miller raced over fences himself, is still an active trainer who has topped the Leading Earners’ list more than once, and is the father of champion jockeys Blythe and Chip Miller.

The Cheshire members are celebrating their one hundredth anniversary this year and, as the photo attests, are still enjoying great sport!

Posted November 18, 2012

Another Use for the Hunt Whip

A new use for a hunting whipWhile hunting with the Old Dominion Hounds on school break, Denya Dee Leake's horse came into a fence offstride and took care of the situation by catapulting itself over, launching Denya Dee skyward.

“I went so high I could look down towards the ground and think, ‘Oh god, this is going to hurt!’” said Denya Dee.

It looked as if she may have broken her wrist, so they stabilized it with her hunt whip as a splint and secured that with a member’s necktie and the whip thong. Another necktie provided the sling. Fortunately, she had just given a her thumb a bad sprain.

[We’ve all read time and again how a stock tie may be used as a bandage in the hunting field, but I never heard of a hunt whip as a splint. Good to know!  -Ed.]

Posted October 19, 2012

Pet Fox?

fox.neil.david normanDavid Norman photo

Whipper-in and pet fox out for a stroll? Not really. To capture this intriguing image, photographer David Norman used a long lens which foreshortened the perspective. The fox, he says, moved out smartly!

Posted September 25, 2012

Hemmed in by Development?

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Looking for open country over which to hunt? Try Cumbria or the Cheviot Hills on the English-Scottish border! Photographer Alexander Burns captures breathtaking hunting scenes in these magnificent countries. For a slide show, go to our Photo Gallery.

Loving His Summer Job

Buzzy fisherJunior whipper-in Buzzy Fisher / Elisabeth Harpham photoJunior whipper-in Buzzy Fisher (12) has been working with Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds this summer. He rides to the kennels by himself each morning to help staff with morning chores, then walks out on hound exercise.

Buzzy’s parents—Drs. Phoebe and Rush Fisher—arrive by trailer with horses and ponies for the rest of the family and join Buzzy and other hunt members on the morning hound walks through their beautiful Unionville hunting country.

Posted August 3, 2012