Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Ridgecrest_-_Shawn_Lloyd_-_13Joy Smith leads the Leisure Field on Kindred. By A.P. Indy, Kindred sold at Keeneland in 2006 for one million dollars, but has since found more satisfying employment.  /  Shawn Lloyd photoGreat ideas are sometimes borne of desperation.

I was desperate to get back on a horse after a lumbar fracture at the beginning of the hunting season. Having already sat out much of the season. I just couldn’t resist riding at the annual joint meet in Ridgecrest, California. Hounds and members of Red Rock Hounds (NV), Kingsbury Harriers, Santa Ynez Valley Hounds (CA), Grand Canyon Hounds (AZ), Paradise Valley Beagles (AZ), as well as members of several eastern hunts all come together for three days of hunting, eating, drinking, and mingling with great friends and fantastic animals.

Riding was definitely not on my list of “can do” activities, but give me a quiet horse and a promise to only walk then no harm can be done, right?

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# Cheryl Microutsicos 2012-01-28 18:13
Nice story, Joy. We have a "tally slo" field too. It's nice to have something for everyone.
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# Denya Massey 2012-02-08 10:10
I liked the part about having "gone about 569 yards!" That's a leisurely field - but it has huge merit. We have a so-called 3rd field which would approximate the "go-slow" field.
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