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One More Race for American Pharoah

One more chance is in the offing to watch American Pharoah race. Reuters reports that American Pharoah will run his last race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky on October 31, 2015, after which he will be retired to stud. Owner Ahmed Zayat was reported to be on the fence, but leaning toward retiring the Triple Crown winner after his surprising second-place finish in the Travers. After discussions with trainers, jockey, and family, however, Zayat decided that the horse deserves “another chance.” The welfare of the horse was a big factor in the decision, and, happily, American Pharoah is reported to have come out of his last race in great shape, despite a less than expected performance. Click for more details in the Reuters report by Mark Lamport-Stokes. Posted September 6, 2015... This content is for subscribers only.Log In Join Now
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Don Little, Myopia MFH, Dead of Injuries Sustained in Show Jumping Accident

Donald V. Little, MFH of the Myopia Hunt in Hamilton, Massachusetts, died on February 29, 2012, three days after a fall from his horse while competing in the Masters Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Don was in his seventies—an all-around sportsman with interests in foxhunting, polo, show jumping, Thoroughbred racing, and sailing. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he lived most of his life on Boston’s North Shore, hunting and playing polo at the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton. He also enjoyed hunting with the Piedmont Fox Hounds in Virginia—a hunt with close family ties to Myopia. He was captain of the Myopia polo team from 1968 until 1981 and served as MFH of the Myopia Hunt—one of America’s oldest hunt clubs—since 1989. He also served the MFHA as a Director for the New England District. Don was a pilot, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and the youngest air commander serving in the Strategic Air Command. Active in the world of Thoroughbred racing, Don founded the well-known Centennial Farms racing partnership that campaigned Rubiano and Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair. At the time of his death he was an investment manager at UBS. Posted February 29, 2012... This content is for subscribers only.Log In Join Now
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Bridlespur Hunt Photo Gallery

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2012 Foxhunting Calendar Has a New Face

FHL_Cover_2012_Hi-resThe annual foxhunting calendar that we’ve been publishing for almost fifteen years has a new face for 2012. Redesigned for Foxhunting Life, the new cover design carries forward the black and scarlet look and feel of our website banner.

On the inside, while our foxhunting images continue to represent the finest examples of the sporting photographer’s art, another new feature has been added! We’ve gone international with a photo from an Irish hunt and an English hunt!

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The Ballymacad Foxhounds at Castlerahan

Huntsman_Kevin_Donaghoe_at_Carrichavee_RockHuntsman Kevin Donohue at Carrichavee RockThe area around the Ballymacad Foxhounds meet at Castlerahan on the outskirts of Oldcastle, County Meath in Ireland is steeped in Irish history. It is part of the old Royal Capital of Ireland. There are many hunting references to be found in the area. The entrance to the town of Oldcastle is over Sliamh na Callaigh which looks out on Loughcrew, the five-thousand-year-old site of the Summer Solstice, where one of the most important High Kings of Ireland, King Ollamh Fodhla was buried in 1277 BC. He officiated at the Feis Teamhrach or The Great Fair held on the Hill of Tara, where in addition to legislative affairs of the ancient Brehon Laws, he introduced horse fairs, horse racing, and hunting.

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Cambridge University Draghounds (UK)

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A number of universities in England maintain a pack of foxhounds or beagles hunted on horseback or afoot. Students often comprise the staff—Master, huntsman, whippers-in—and this tradition has provided a start for some of the most successful and brilliant Masters and huntsmen that England has produced—Ronnie Wallace for just one.

At Cambridge University a pack of foxhounds are maintained that hunt a drag laid by student volunteers normally from the cross country track team. Hounds usually complete three or four "lines" during a day's hunting, which might take two to three hours.

At Cambridge, not only undergraduate students serve as Masters but adults who have no connection with the University serve as well. The huntsman is Matt Gingell, a local farmer.

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Whiskey Road Hunt Week, Aiken, SC

Installment Five 

2011_Aiken_Day_Eight_David_Smith_Wolf_Von_BlixenWhiskey Road MFH David Smith (left) greets Toronto and North York MFH Wolf von Teichman.Betsy and friends escape frozen Virginia for a week of hunting in warmer climes. We bring you Installment Five of her daily blog, exclusive to Foxhunting Life.

Monday was an open day. Gene and Barbara Hough joined me, Tom, Jackie, and Don for a hack in the Hitchcock Woods. We grabbed lunch at Rio Pablo, an excellent Cuban place downtown. There was a benefit for the Hitchcock Woods Foundation that night at the Wilcox Hotel, one of the town's oldest and most grand buildings.

Tuesday dawned cold and frosty but with that promise of spring in the air. There was a pretty good breeze, though, and I was uncertain of scenting conditions as we headed east towards Bill Scott's Fairview fixture near Lexington.

The Scotts own thousands of acres of managed timberland—pine forests cut for pulpwood and lumber—providing excellent habitat for game of all sizes. Gene Hough told me about hunting at Fairview a few years ago when the hounds held a four hundred-pound boar at bay until the huntsman dispatched it (then famously burned it at a pig roast later!).

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Hunt Roster

In cooperation with the Masters of Foxhounds, the 2010 Roster of Hunts in North America is now available on Foxhunting Life. Published this year as a supplement to Covertside magazine, the Hunt Roster may be viewed here electronically by going to the Resources drop-down menu and clicking on Hunt Roster under the Travel category. As traveling foxhunters know, an up-to-date hunt roster is a must-have resource. The names and contact information for all Masters and Hunt Secretaries are available for requesting permission to hunt, and the days of the week that hounds go out facilitate trip planning. Each hunt’s button, hunt colors, and the names of the huntsmen, whippers-in, and other hunt staff are shown. Location of kennels, the types and number of foxhounds in kennel, a description of the hunting country, and the dates of the season are also published. The electronic version is easy to read and manipulate, and we invite you to make good use of it.... This content is for subscribers only.Log In Join Now
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