Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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epp and gro allison howellEpp Wilson, MFH, Belle Meade Hunt and Grosvenor Merle-Smith, MFH, Tennessee Valley Hunt are two men who create sport wherever they go. / Allison Howell photo

In January of 2010, Tennessee Valley Hunt had a three-day joint meet with the Belle Meade Hunt down in Georgia. Belle Meade’s MFH and Huntsman, Epp Wilson, had last hunted with TVH’s MFH Grosvenor Merle-Smith when Gro was huntsman for the Bull Run Hunt in Virginia several years earlier. They had what Epp described as an “epic” hunt chasing fox. The two huntsmen had finally organized a recap of that memorable hunt, and the expectations of both men were very high for the weekend.  

Twelve of us Tennesseans trekked south to Georgia just west of Augusta. Included were Grosvenor, his wife Rosie Merle-Smith, MFH, and our TVH huntsman Beth Blackwell who brought about eleven couple of Penn-Marydels.

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# Gail Day 2016-06-20 10:09
Great report!
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# Lauren Giannini 2016-06-22 17:17
OMG - this tale made me laugh out loud in places!!! love love love Belle Meade hounds, people and their country - what I saw of it a couple seasons ago was great! I could just envision all this happening. I don't know Gro but he's a bit of a legend, all the same - great fun to read this report - cheers & wishing y'all red letter days!!!
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