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east galway2.mullins.Harry Bleahen in the airWith the East Galway / Noel Mullins photo

Denya Clarke, who hunted from childhood in Virginia, was an A-Pony-Clubber, and now lives and hunts in Ontario, posed a question about foxhunting in Ireland. She writes:

“Several of us are interested in hunting in Ireland, but it seems a matter of pride to the Irish to boast about the speed, dreadful weather, jumps onto roads, formidable ditches, intimidating banks, wire, rain, steep hills, rivers, and rocks that one will face hunting in Ireland. We're not chickens, but do the experts have any suggestions as to where or how to hunt in Ireland that doesn't require doubling (tripling) your life insurance and leaving your up-dated will in the lorry?”

We asked Hugh Robards and Noel Mullins to respond—Hugh, because he showed world-class sport as huntsman for the County Limerick foxhounds for twenty-seven seasons, and Noel, because he is a lifelong foxhunter and one of those guilty Irish journalists that Denya refers to in her question.

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# Bernadette Rushe 2013-08-04 12:12
Dear Denya, Please do come over and try hunting with a few packs in the West of Ireland. You're sure of a warm welcome and as Hugh and Noel mentioned, the hunt hires are typically very solid and reliable, and there are often alternative options to any obstacle you might find daunting. However, it's more likely that the friendliness of the welcome and reliability of your mounts will ensure you won't want to miss anything. Have a look at the Roscommon, East Galway and Galway Blazers facebook photos and YouTube videos. They will give you a good idea of the terrain. Yours in hunting fealty, Bernie Rushe, MH Co Roscommon Hunt
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-1 # Steve Toepp 2014-05-12 12:52
Hi Denya, I made this short video about 3 hunts in Ireland. I am no expert and we had a wonderful time. You should go!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO_mF40zcjM
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Panel of Experts

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Sherman Haight, ex-MFH

MFHA President 1978-1981
Historian, Author

Hugh Robards, ex-MFH

Huntsman, Author

photocomingsoon

Arthur Liese

President, The Sporting Gallery and Bookshop, Inc. Sporting Art Dealer

Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith

Co-Founder, Former Medical Editor, Equus Magazine, Veterinarian, Writer, Historian

Dr. Roger Scullin, MFH

Veterinarian, Foxhound Breeder

Jerry Miller, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder

Paul Striberry

Foxhunter, Horseman, Trainer
www.consciousriding.com

Nigel Peel, MFH (UK)

Hunstman, Breeder, Judge

C. Martin Wood III, MFH

MFHA President 1990-1993
Huntsman, Breeder, Judge

Steve Price

Author/Editor of 25 books, including The Whole Horse Catalog and 1001 Best Things Ever Said About Horses

C. Martin Scott, ex-MFH (UK)

Foxhound Breeder, Judge, Writer

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Bill Gamble Photo

Marion Thorne, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder

 

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