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richard normington.jim grahamJim Graham photoThe Radnor Hunt (PA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Normington as professional huntsman. Richard brings an impressive level of expertise and horsemanship that bodes well for Radnor’s ability to show good sport for seasons to come.

Before coming to the U.S., Richard was first whipper-in at the Grafton Hunt (Northamptonshire), the Worcestershire, the Crawley and Horsham (Sussex), and the Cheshire Hunt. He is third generation hunt staff, and a crack horseman, with experience in point-to-points and other cross-country competitions.

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# Mary Conmee 2014-05-24 22:47
Trying to find out WHY oh WHY Radnor Hunt Club went overseas to hire their new professional huntsman??? Are we not creating reliable professional staff here???
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+3 # Norman Fine 2014-05-26 10:25
America has long lacked England's highly organized, structured training program (called hunt service) that brings young men from the kennels to whipping-in to hunting hounds. The MFHA has tried to remedy that by introducing their Professional Development Program. As valuable as this program is, however, it can only accommodate a limited number of candidates each year.
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+2 # Joseph Murtagh 2014-06-06 08:12
What happened to the professional AMERICAN
huntsman hired last Oct. to replace Joe?
When is the MFHA going to start a program to train new Master's how to abide by their rules?
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# Janice Sensi 2014-06-19 12:35
With Radnor hosting the Centennial Bryn Mawr Hound Show, their new huntsman was strangely absent from the horn blowing and whip cracking competitions during the Friday evening cocktail party. In addition, the majority of their hound classes were scratched the next day . It was very disappointing. One would think the host clubs' huntsman would want to be very prominent and engaging . (I am assuming that horn blowing is a requirement for carrying same...)
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