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Keswick Hunt

keswick

Keswick, Virginia

Website: www.keswickhuntclub.com


Photos by WLS Photography

tlj and commendationCasanova Master Joyce Fendley and huntsman Tommy Lee Jones were honored by the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond. On February 1, 2019, Representatives of The Virginia State Legislature approved a Resolution commending the Casanova Hunt in Fauquier County on its 110th anniversary. Casanova’s history and contributions to the land and the community were noted.

A second Resolution recognized Casanova’s professional huntsman of forty-nine years, Tommy Lee Jones, for his contributions to hunting and showing in his Fauquier County community as well. Tommy Lee is the show manager for both the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Warrenton Horse Show.

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Photos by WLS Photography

tlj and commendationCasanova Master Joyce Fendley and huntsman Tommy Lee Jones were honored by the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond.On February 1, 2019, Representatives of The Virginia State Legislature approved a Resolution commending the Casanova Hunt in Fauquier County on its 110th anniversary. Casanova’s history and contributions to the land and the community were noted.

A second Resolution recognized Casanova’s professional huntsman of forty-nine years, Tommy Lee Jones, for his contributions to hunting and showing in his Fauquier County community as well. Tommy Lee is the show manager for both the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Warrenton Horse Show.

tlg supporting crowdHuntsman John Harrison, staff, foxhounds of the Deep Run Hunt, supporters from other Virginia hunts, and officials gather for the occasion.

Members and Masters from several Virginia hunts, including Deep Run, Keswick, Farmington, Piedmont, Casanova, and Red Oak met in support of the Resolutions with their delegates and senators before the session. They were assisted by Mike Pearson who represents many of the hunts on legislative matters. The hunts were recognized on the floor of the House of Delegates, after which participants came outside to see the Deep Run foxhounds, the closest pack to Richmond. In addition to the representatives from the various hunts, the assembled crowd included David Twiggs, Executive Director of the MFHA; representatives from the The Hunting Dog Alliance; and legislative aids for delegates supporting hunting in Virginia.

John Harrison, professional huntsman of the Deep Run Hunt; Brian Groves, first whipper-in and kennelman; Chelsea Kellerhouse, second whipper-in and manager of staff horses; and Deep Run members and Masters were there, staff in hunting kit, with four couple of hounds on leads to greet the assembled audience. Too cold for the long drive in their hound truck, the foxhounds had arrived like rock stars in a shiny Chevrolet Suburban. Possibly spoiled, they performed on and off lead to demonstrate their social skills and happy obedience. More photos by Bill Sigafoos may be seen here.

tlg hounds supporters at capitol

Tommy Lee’s Resolution reads as follows:

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HOUSE RESOLUTION 238

Commending Tommy Lee Jones

Agreed to by the House of Delegates

January 31, 2019

WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones has been a resident of Fauquier County for almost 50 years; and

WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones is a former rider and trainer of show horses, as well as a huntsman; and

WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones manages horse shows and pony shows, including the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Warrenton Horse Show; and

WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones currently serves as president of the advisory board for the Warrenton Pony Show; and

WHEREAS, Tommy Lee Jones has been a beloved member of the Casanova area for several decades; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That Tommy Lee Jones hereby be commended for his contributions to the Fauquier County community; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Tommy Lee Jones as an expression of the House of Delegates’ admiration for his legacy of service.

House Patrons: Guzman, Cole, and Webert

G. Paul Nardo
Clerk of the House of Delegates

Posted March 5, 2019

IMG 1062Frances Player photo

Early every season, foxhunters get to sit for a special moment on a horse, in the midst of the natural world, as the rising sun ignites crystals of dew, and the slanting light creeps across the once dark fields. All is silent but for nature’s sounds, and then...

“...the sounds of the hunting horn and this year’s young entry could be heard in the cornfield, giving hope for a promising season ahead,” said Heather Player, professional whipper-in for the Keswick Hunt (VA).

Heather’s mother, Frances Player, took this lovely photo.

Posted September 14, 2018

amatt and houndsNeil Amatt will hunt hounds at Loudoun Fairfax.Having been a member of many fields in many hunting countries, the huntsman has always been my hero. From the time we mount up and for the few hours that follow, it is the huntsman who is most directly responsible for our day’s sport.

One might well argue that the hounds have something to do with it, and this I grant. But the pack is the product of the huntsman, and, since the level of sport depends on how hounds perform in the field as a pack, it all comes back to the huntsman.

Here’s our annual report on the recent moves of huntsmen Neil Amatt, Martyn Blackmore, Tony Gammell, and Sam Clifton.

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souther17.hillsboro godfreyHillsboro Godfrey 2016 was last year’s Grand Champion at the Southern Hound Show, hosted by the Live Oak Hounds (FL) / Leslie Shepherd photo

With the foxhunting season closing, and a new season of hound and puppy shows approaching, I always determine to improve my eye for a hound by judging from ringside just for fun. I would encourage any foxhunter to try it. The exercise not only makes the day more interesting, but educational as well. Especially when you can collar a friendly judge after the class and ask him why he didn’t like the hound you adored, or why he picked a hound you thought was ordinary.

It can be intimidating when you watch a procession of foxhounds enter and leave the ring and wonder how in the world the judge can sort them all out. For example, how does he compare a hound he is looking at to one he saw ten minutes ago? I have asked, and it seems there are almost as many methods as there are judges.

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