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Hounds in row between corn with horses and riders following

Kansas Hunt Week

September 25-30, 2023
Imagine riding in the vast prairie lands of the Flint Hills where you can see for miles, watching hounds go flat out in full cry after a coyote. It’s an absolute adrenaline rush. Add to the prairie dry conditions, a steady breeze, a blazing sun, colorful wildflowers, migrating Monarch butterflies, and large flying grasshoppers with a few discernable landmarks to guide you. And your favorite foxhunting friends from sixteen different hunts, and you have the best week ever!
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hounds in pond with stone wall in backgrounds and huntsman and whipper in on horseback watching

Norfolk Hunt’s 2023 Opening Meet by RuthWorks Photography

What a gorgeous place in Sherborn, Massachusetts for the location of the Norfolk Hunt’s 2023 Opening Meet. Ruth Baltopoulos was the photographer who was there for the colors and living history on parade at the Charlescote Farm Meet.
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Huntsman Sam Clifton with his wife Shannon and son William. Photo by Alaine Papert.

Let’s Go Foxhunting!

Photo by Alaine Papert.
It began with an early wakeup call but the Juniors were eager. Ponies need to be cleaned, stock ties tied, and girths tightened. It was only a matter of time until the courtyard of Colonial Stables in Ligonier, Pennsylvania would be invaded by nearly thirty Juniors who had come to give foxhunting a try with Rolling Rock Hunt. Juniors from Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club, Ligonier Polo Association, and surrounding lesson stables joined Rolling Rock Hunt for their annual Junior Meet. Sam Clifton, professional huntsman, and Shannon, professional whipper-in, for Rolling Rock Hunt included their son, William. And what a hat!
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hounds running toward camera after jumping stone wall

The 411 on Working Foxhounds to Non-Hunting Neighbors

Photo Credit RuthWorks Photography.
*I wrote this a few years ago to be helpful to my neighborhood of non-foxhunters. Hopefully more will find it useful to educate new landowners or neighbors to kennels.
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Reid Albano in the 2023 Mongol Derby riding a spooky paint. Photo Credit Kathy Gabriel.

A Disabled Veteran Completes the Mongol Derby

Reid Albano is retired from the military (Army Captain, Ranger, paratrooper, and amputee) and has been foxhunting on and off since he was a child. He is currently a member of Santa Fe West Hills Hunt in Southern California as a Whipper-In. His list of accomplishments is impressive, but the most inspirational of them all is being the first disabled rider to complete what is considered the world’s toughest and longest horse race, the Mongol Derby.
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white horse braided mane in foreground foxhunters in background

Belonging

Photo by Gretchen Pelham
Thank you all for your patience this summer while I recovered from surgery. My main motivation for surgery was to get back in the hunt field again, either in the saddle or as a road whip. As I was unable to sit down for almost a year, neither of those options was open to me to continue in the hunt field.
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A Funny Thing Happened

A Funny Thing Happened

A Funny Thing Happened"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Fox Den", by J. Harris Anderson.

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Gordy Keys

Gordon Chandler Keys (1933-2023)

Gordy KeysGordie Keys (on the right) hunting with Piedmont Fox Hounds in 1991.  Photo by Douglas Lees.

Gordy Keys died last week in Middleburg, Virginia. This was a huge loss for the hunting and racing community in Virginia.

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Llama Drama Hill

Dead Cat Corner

Llama Drama HillLlama Drama Hill at Tennessee Valley Hunt's Opening Meet in 2011. Photo by Gretchen Pelham.

When I lived in Middle Tennessee in between the grand metropolis (*sarcastic) of Fly and the trendy town (*actually true) of Leipers Fork, I would give directions to my home that went, "When you see the yella dawg, turn left.” Because there was always this yellow dog laying right in the middle of the street at the required turn. Every day. Rain or shine. That yella dawg - er yellow dog - kept vigil on his post for years.

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