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Lady Masters of Foxhounds: A Round Table Discussion at NSLM

A round table discussion on the challenges faced by lady Masters will be held at the National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, Virginia, on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A panel has been assembled to hold a candid discussion on the topic the day before the Virginia Foxhound Show at Morven Park in nearby Leesburg.

Participating panelists will be MFHs Joyce Fendley, Casanova Hunt (VA); Marion Thorne, Genesee Valley Hunt (NY); Penny Denegre, Middleburg Hunt (VA); Lynne Lloyd, Red Rock Hounds (NV); and Daphne Wood, Live Oak Hounds (FL).

The program will be co-chaired by Penny Denegre and Vivianne Warren from the Orange County Hounds (VA). Dr. John W.D. McDonald, MFH, London Hunt (ON), will moderate.

According to a press release from the NSLM, the discussion will focus on experiences from the field told by women with years of hunting leadership. Provocative questions will be asked that address the challenges of women in a traditionally male role. The program will also explore the history of “Three Legends”—Miss Charlotte Haxall Noland, Mrs. Theodora Ayer Randolph, and Mrs. Nancy Penn Smith Hannum—three women who pioneered the role of Lady Master.
The program begins with refreshments and mingling with panelists, and includes a moderated discussion with time for questions from the audience. Admission is free for NSLM members and $10.00 for non-members.

The National Sporting Library & Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling and field sports. Founded in 1954, NSLM holds thousands of books on sporting topics including foxhunting, angling, equestrianism, and horseracing, among others. The Library collection dates from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries. The Museum houses exhibits of American and European animal and sporting fine art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public on Wednesday and Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), and Sunday (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

Posted may 9, 2015