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FHL WEEK, June 13, 2019

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This Week in...

...Photo of the Week

Albert Poe and the Old Virginian
Mary Phillip’s photo seems to ask, Have we seen the last of the old breed of Virginia huntsmen? (pg. 2)

...Literature

Running Commentary on a Point-to-Point by Stanislaus Lynch
An over-excited father’s non-stop commentary as “wee Jamey” tackles each obstacle from start to finish. (pg. 3)

...Hounds

Blue Ridge Rambler Is Grand Champion at Bryn Mawr
Huntsman Graham Buston had a good working hound but wanted just the right sire for her; he found it at Green Spring Valley. (pg. 5)

Green Spring Valley Sapphire Is Radiant at Virginia
The runt of a Midland litter is Grand Champion—remindful of the Ugly Duckling fable and its uplifting moral. (pg. 8)

...Hunt Reports

Duhallow Foxhounds at Monymusk Stud by Dickie Power
A hunting country populated by the most interesting characters, some still astride and some sidelined by the pitfalls of a long, hard season.
(pg. 11)

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Poe and the Old Virginian

Photo of the Week

mary phillips photoMary Phillips photo

The Huntsmen’s Room of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting at Morven Park is a space that honors all North American huntsmen for their existential contributions to our sport. Enshrined therein are the images and histories of certain huntsmen who, by their demonstrated skill with hounds, their courage across country, and their unselfish and complete dedication to the sport, have been selected for individual honor in representing their peers.

In the same room stands a sculpture of the Old Huntsman by the important American artist (and Hall of Fame polo player) Charles Cary Rumsey (1879–1922). This is one of Rumsey’s many smaller bronzes of horses, though he is probably best know for his grander works such as war memorials, the Three Graces Fountain at Forest Lawn Cemetery, his controversial nude, The Pagan, and the triumphal arch and colonnade at the Manhattan entrance to the Manhattan Bridge.

Mary Phillips’s snapshot of Rumsey’s bronze in context with the image of recently deceased Albert Poe may not be an award-winning photograph—Mary has already won her share of awards and attention for her artistry and sculpture—but for those of us in the foxhunting fraternity, the photograph has a stirring significance. The mounted Old Virginian, walking with his hounds in this hall of memories where fitting tributes have been paid to both Albert and Melvin Poe, makes us wonder if we have seen the last of such Virginians with their passing—countrymen born in a simpler time when youngsters grew up absorbing naturally the secrets of the fields and woods and hunting for the dinner table and for sport. If so, aren’t we lucky to have been here in their time?

Posted June 10, 2019

Running Commentary on a Point-to-Point

Literature

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Will yis stop pushing behind there or you'll land me into the ditch. Can you see the horses, Mary Ellen? They're down at the starting post; and I'll be down in this drain if yis don't quit shoving. Haven't you the whole country for a grand-stand, and why must you all crowd me off this one bit of a bank? There's lashings of room for all, if yis id have a bit of —. Oh, be the lord Harry! They're off! There's the hunting horn. Can you hear it, Mary Ellen? Great God, how the sound of it warms my old heart.

What a wonderful start! There's The Holy Terror lying third with our wee Jamesy riding him. Can you see his green jacket, Mary Ellen? They're coming to the first jump. God be with the day when I could show them boys how to ride a Point-to-Point: but these old rheumatics—these old rheumatics! Now they're at it. They're over. Wee Jamesy's there, Mary darling, and going like a Trojan. Now they're coming to the first bank. Jamesy's dropped back to fourth. That's what I like to see! Holding his horse together: just what his father would have done. Leave the pace-making to someone else.

Now they're coming to the drop ditch—a dangerous kind of an ould blind contraption—but, thank God they're over it safely. Have you a good view, Mary Ellen? Do you know, that gossoon of ours is making wonderful great work! Dang! but they're after lepping two fences so quickly that I missed seeing them with the talking.Now they're racing for the big up-bank, a ticklish class of jump. Purty high, too. God save us, the two leaders are down. They'll baffle the others. Jamesy, son, mind yourself. Steady avick, steady me jewel! Over! Good man! He's a great lad, Mary darling, a great lad; an’ The Holy Terror's a tremendous great horse.

What's that you say, Miss? There's more room behind? God spare you. Step up here, Mary Ellen, and you can see better. Oh, that's grand. What's that, Miss? Did you say the green rider? You backed him? I hope he wins for you. He's my son, Jamesy; wee Jamesy: and he told me, and his mother here, to wait at this spot above the water-jump. I'm too stiff to fight my way through crowds, and he told us to stay here where it would be middling quiet. And 'twould give him more courage, too, for whisper, Miss, The Holy Terror is a bit green at water, but Jamesy told us that if he got over the river he'd give the best of them a run for their money.

Now they're racing at the wall; it's not too high, but it would be safer not to hit it, just the same. Over they come!—five, six, seven of them. Swooping towards us down the long slope to the river. Jamesy's moving up. He's fifth, he's fourth, he's third, he's mad. Does he mean to lead with a green horse over the biggest leap in the country? The two leaders are abreast. He's using his whip, he's gaining, he's stark crazy. Now he's wedged between them . . . coming to the river . . . thundering at it together . . . he's into it ... No, be the lord Harry! he's over! ! Me bould man, Jamesy!

Mary Ellen, did you ever see the bate of that for cleverness? Wedged his young horse between two ould stagers so that he couldn't swerve at the water jump. That's what you may call a bit of classic riding—but sure it's not off the bushes he licked it.

Bedad, I didn't see the two jockeys in the water till now; but sure there's still five more in the race.

That's the big double, the second fence over on the hill; when they clear that they turn for home. I'd rather see Jamesy staying a bit closer to the leaders; himself and a grey are the last two in the race. Oh—Oh! someone's crashed at the double—that leaves four—if the loose horse doesn't knock The Holy Terror.

Me bould Holy Terror doesn't want to be knocked, sure he doesn't, Mary Ellen? See the way he tackled that double? The grey and himself are moving up now. Three fences more and they'll be into the straight. Be the lord Harry! Isn't he going great guns entirely? Two fences now and not a length between the four o' them: you could cover them all with your handkerchief.

The last fence. Mary, darling, the last fence! Lord bless me, if I hadn't rheumatics how I'd love to run over and cheer that gossoon in green. The grey and a chestnut are over first, but The Holy Terror's on their heels. Come on, Jamesy! Come on, Jamesy! Ride him, avick! Mary, darling, he's level with them—and twenty lengths to go. They're neck and neck at it. He's going to the front! Mary, he's going to the front! Come on, Jamesy! Great God, I can't see a stime . . . it's all misty . . . can't even see his green jacket. Mary, the sight's leaving my eyes! Is Jamesy coming in . . . ?

What's that you say, Miss? You've won your bet? . . . The green jockey? . . . Do you hear that, Mary Ellen? The green jockey! Me bould son, Jamesy! me hardy fella!

Do you know, Miss, he's a great gossoon. Ach! but sure it's not off the bushes he licked it!

Posted June 12, 2019

From Echoes of the Hunting Horn by Stanislaus Lynch (1907–1983), The Devin-Adair Company, New York, printed in Ireland at the Talbot Press, Dublin

Blue Ridge Rambler Is Grand Champion at Bryn Mawr

Hounds

bryn mawr19.karenkGrand Champion of Show Blue Ridge Rambler 2018 with (l-r) Graham Buston, huntsman; L. Stockton Illoway, MB, President, Bryn Mawr Hound Show Association; Judge Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, MFH; and Sheri Buston, whipper-in / Karen Kandra photo

Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, MFH, judging the Grand Champion of Show class at Bryn Mawr, awarded the trophy and ribbon to Blue Ridge Rambler 2018. Dr. Beeman is the senior Master and former huntsman of the Arapahoe Hunt (CO) and a past president of the MFHA. The Bryn Mawr Hound Show was held in Malvern, PA, on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Green Spring Valley Sapphire 2018, judged Grand Champion at Virginia the previous week, was Reserve Grand Champion.

Rambler (Green Spring Valley Fanshaw 2014 ex Heythrop Rattle 2011) is a modern English dog hound bred by Blue Ridge huntsman Graham Buston. Irish-born, Buston grew up in the County Limerick hunting country, whipped-in, then carried the horn for both the Co. Waterford and the Co. Limerick Foxhounds. He moved to the U.S. in 2013 with his Canadian-born wife, Sheri, who whips-in to him.

bryn mawr19.crop.karenkBlue Ridge Rambler 2018 (Green Spring Valley Fanshaw 2014 ex Heythrop Rattle 2011) / Karen Kandra photo

Both the Waterford and the Limerick breed and hunt the Old English type of hound. That’s what Buston is most familiar with, and he loves the hard drive that those bloodlines bring to the pack. However, he loves the special attributes that other foxhound types bring to a pack as well. He has added English fell hounds to the Blue Ridge pack for their genes of independence when hunting in large wooded coverts and Penn-Marydel crosses for their low scenting genes. Indeed, he likes all hound types that bring their special traits to a pack, so long as they hunt for him and never quit before he does.

Some might argue that the Blue Ridge pack is composed of types that are too disparate, but Buston is taking a long view in bringing working genes into the pack from whatever hound types they come with, then working to level the pack with appropriate crosses in the years to come.

“The pack is hunting together,” Buston says. “Those that can’t are drafted.”

Rambler’s sire and dam are well-bred from good modern English lines, top and bottom. His dam, Heythrop Rattle 2011, was brought to Blue Ridge from England by former MFH Linda Armbrust during her Mastership.

“Charles [Frampton, MFH, Heythrop Foxhounds] had three sisters in a litter to draft,” said Armbrust. “The litter was by Heythrop Stormer of the famous ST-line. Rattle stood out because of her coloring, and I picked her. One went to Nigel [Peel, MFH, North Cotswold], and the other went to George and Jeannie [Thomas, MFHs, Why Worry Hounds (SC)].”

Rattle’s bloodlines go back to the breeding acumen of Captain Ronnie Wallace when he was Master at the Heythrop and considered the most influential breeder of hounds in England in his time.

“Rattle is a good-hunting bi*ch, but she slows down after a couple of hours,” explained Buston. “I wanted to breed her, so I looked around for a sire that could correct that and found him at Green Spring Valley.

“I hunted there a few years ago and watched a dog, Fanshaw, hunt with great drive. Three years ago when [then huntsman] Sam [Clifton] brought him to Blue Ridge for a Joint Meet, I was able to watch him again.”

Buston brought Rattle to Green Spring Valley Fanshaw 2014 and whelped a good litter of five pups, from which he kept three. Fanshaw’s bloodlines are Toronto and North York breeding back to John Harrison’s first stint as huntsman in Toronto. In 1995, Harrison received a draft from the Berkeley (UK). One was Ballad 1987, who arrived in whelp to Berkeley Freshman 1984. Freshman was by Captain Ronnie Wallace’s Exmoor Freestone 1981. “Freestone is the key,” Harrison said. Thus, Rambler is progeny of Ronnie Wallace breeding on both the top and bottom of his pedigree. Harrison, now huntsman at the Deep Run Hunt (VA), had several champions and grand champions at that time from this line that produced Rambler’s sire.

Rambler, as an unentered hound last year, was Champion English Dog Hound at Virginia, and Reserve English Foxhound Champion to Hillsboro Walnut who went on to be judged Grand Champion of Show in 2018. This year at Virginia, in the English Entered Bi*ch class, Rambler’s sister, Rainbow, was placed second to Hillsboro Modest, who went on to be Champion English Foxhound.

Rambler and his two littermates entered well to the pack last season, and Buston was quickly convinced he made a good cross. “All three hunted with great drive,” he said, “and by the end of the season, all three could work well on their own and hunted together with the pack." Rambler is a young hound with a bright future in the Blue Ridge pack during the foxhunting season and on the flags in summer.

Other judges at Bryn Mawr were Oliver Brown, MFH, Rappahannock Hunt (VA); Fred Getty, MFH, Middlebrook Hounds (VA); Liz McKnight, ex-MFH, Elkridge-Harford Hunt (MD); Donald Philhower, huntsman, Millbrook Hunt (NY); and Cameron Sadler, MFH, Moore County Hounds (NC).

Click for complete results of all classes.

Posted June 7, 2019

Periodically, we feel it necessary to explain Foxhunting Life’s partial spelling of the word, “bi*ch,” in our articles, rather than properly spelling out the word. Early on, we found to our dismay, that when we used the entire word, our emails would be blocked by some computer fire walls and never seen by subscribers. Our distribution software strongly advises us to avoid using such words. Thus, with apologies, we play the silly game. –Ed.

Green Spring Valley Sapphire Is Radiant at Virginia

Hounds

va19.gsv sappire.karenkGrand Champion Green Spring Valley Sapphire with (l-r) huntsman Ashley Hubbard; Franklin Whit Foster, MFH; J.W.Y. Martin, MFH; Virginia Foxhound Club president Joan Jones, ex-MFH; and Sheila Jackson Brown, MFH. /   Karen Kandra photo

More than six hundred foxhounds from thirty-seven hunts were exhibited at the Virginia Foxhound Show at Morven Park on Sunday, May 26, 2019, over the Labor Day Weekend. Hunts from thirteen states up and down the Eastern Seaboard and from as far away as Texas brought foxhounds to stand up against the finest examples of their breeds in North America. It is the largest foxhound show in the world.

In the always exciting final class of the show, four foxhound Champions—American, English, Crossbred, and Penn-Marydel—presented themselves to be judged for this year’s Grand Championship Class. It’s always a difficult class to judge because each entry has already been winnowed down throughout the day’s classes and has been chosen as the best specimen of its type by the judges in each ring. Each hound is deserving, and the attention and hopes of all spectators, though friendly, are ratcheted to a new level.

va19.gsv sapphireDetail from above photo: Green Spring Valley Sapphire 2018 (Midland Crusher 2013 ex Midland Shilo 2015)  /   Karen Kandra photo

Judge Coleman Perrin, ex-MFH, chose the Crossbred entry, Green Spring Valley Sapphire 2018 (Midland Crusher 2013 ex Midland Shiloh 2015) as the Grand Champion Foxhound of Show.

Bred at the kennels of the Midland Fox Hounds (GA), and drafted unentered to the Green Spring Valley Hounds (MD), Sapphire is a superb example of the type of foxhound that Midland’s founding MFH, Ben Hardaway, spent much of his life developing. Recognized today throughout the foxhunting world as the Midland Crossbred, it is an active, athletic foxhound that hunts aggressively and will breed true to type—Crossbred to Crossbred.

Sapphire’s dam, Shilo, is one of Midland’s best hunting bi*ches. Shilo has won on the flags as well. She is a top-scoring Performance Trial hound, and was judged Reserve Bench Show Champion at last year’s highly successful and well-filled Performance Trials at Midland. With only four or five hounds entered by each competing hunt in a performance trial, one can be assured that only the best hunting hounds from each pack are even chosen by their respective Masters and huntsmen for their varsity team.

With this background, Sapphire stands as one example where a bench show has produced a gorgeous champion that possesses a full complement of the hunting genes as well. Breeders, note!

“She’s a lovely hound,” said Sheila Jackson Brown, MFH, Green Spring Valley (MD), “and she was the runt of the litter! She entered well last year—always in the middle of the pack in her first season!”

vafs19.sapphire.karenkSapphire and Samantha Michel also won the 10 and Under division of the Junior Handler class, a testament to the kindness and gentleness of this young hound and to the know-how of her young handler . / Karen Kandra photoBrown also noted that Sapphire had already won the younger division of the Junior Handler Class earlier in the show, repeating her win in that same class at the Maryland Hound Show. Such an accomplishment by a vibrant young hound just entering her second season certainly speaks to a willing and gentle nature. Her Junior Handler at both shows was Samantha Michel, daughter of Green Spring first whipper-in Tim and Jody Michel. (Tim Michel moves to the Bull Run Hunt (VA) this season for his first huntsman’s posting.)

Hillsboro Modest 2018, the English Foxhound Champion, was judged Reserve Grand Champion of Show. The Hillsboro kennels produce champions and grand champions with regularity. In fact, last year at Virginia, Hillsboro foxhounds captured both Grand Champion of Show and Reserve Grand Champion, only the second time any hunt had pulled off that feat in the show’s history.

Modest’s dam, Hillsboro Sable 2013, is also the dam of last year’s Grand Champion at Virginia, Hillsboro Walnut. Sable is by Live Oak Farrier 2010, a Grand Champion at Virginia in 2012. Farrier’s littermate, Fable, was also Grand Champion at Virginia the year before that. Sable’s dam was by Duke of Beauforts Bailey 2003, a champion at Peterborough who bred more than ninety bi*ches during his last year standing in England and was arguably the most influential hound in England in his time. This female line in the HIllsboro kennels is obviously one of the powerhouse female lines in North America.

Twelve respected judges reported to the beautiful show grounds at Morven Park to fairly evaluate every foxhound that stood before them: Marion Thorne, MFH, Genesee Valley Hunt (NY) in the American ring; Skip Crawford, MFH, Potomac Hunt (MD) for Crossbreds in hunts with fewer than thirty-five couple in kennels; Lt. Col. Dennis Foster, ex-MFH and former Executive Director of the MFHA for Crossbreds in hunts with more than thirty-five couple in kennels; Henry Berkely, MFH, Berkeley Hunt (UK) in the English ring; and John Ike, III, ex-MFH, Millbrook Hunt (NY) in the Penn-Marydel ring.

Michael Harper, MFH, Loudoun Fairfax Hunt (VA) and Jake Carle, ex-MFH, Keswick Hunt (VA) judged the Performance Trial class to crown the season’s bench show champion performance hound. This class is limited to foxhounds that had proven their superb hunting abilities in the field by finishing in the top ten of any sanctioned performance trial over the previous season. Performance-wise, these hounds are the cream-of-the-cream to begin with, since hunts enter only their best hunting hounds in a performance trial. The entire pack is studded with all-stars even before the performance judging begins.

Linda Devan, MFH, Loudoun Fairfax Hunt (VA) and Betsy Smith, Old Dominion Hounds (VA) judged the Junior Handler Class for the five- to eleven-year-olds. Jean Roberts, ex-MFH, New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds (MD) and Diana Dutton, Casanova Hunt (VA) judged the Junior Handler class for the twelve- to sixteen-year-olds.

Coleman Perrin, ex-MFH, Deep Run Hunt (VA), judged the last class of the day for the William W. Brainard, Jr. Perpetual Cup, Grand Champion Foxhound of Show. (J.W.Y. “Duck” Martin, MFH, Green Spring Valley Hounds, was scheduled to judge the class, but recused himself when Green Spring Sapphire qualified for the Grand Championship.)

Click for complete results at the 2019 Virginia Foxhound Show.

Posted May 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Duhallow Foxhounds at Monymusk Stud

Hunt Reports

duhallow.dickie.cathAuthor and friend / Catherine Power photoWith the season winding down, we decided to keep the best wine ’til last...or very nearly so. Monday saw us with the “Dashing” Duhallow at their meet at Monymusk Stud in Kanturk. The Duhallow is the oldest hunting establishment in Ireland with foxhounds, and has hunted the country continuously since 1745. The market town of Kanturk is looked on as the capital of the ancient barony of Duhallow, so it seemed a suitable venue on which to end their season.

Monymusk, now the property of Duhallow Senior Master Kate Jarvey, was bound to be a gala occasion, and so it proved. Kate holds the unique distinction of being Master of two of Ireland’s leading packs simultaneously—the Duhallow and neighbouring Scarteen. Her great-grandfather was Ely Lily of pharmaceutical fame, and she was brought up during Cape Cod summers near the Kennedy family. Kate is also a former chairman of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association. Sadly she was not riding as she is recovering from a broken hip, the result of an unfortunate schooling fall just after Christmas.

duhallow.staff.cath(l-r) Pat Hayes, MFH; Peter O’Meara, MFH; Ger Withers, huntsman, Kate Jarvey, MFH; Matt Nagle, MFH; and Field Master Maurice Coleman / Catherine Power photo

Monymusk Stud is almost as famous as the Duhallow Hunt itself. It has the unique distinction of producing no less than three Grand National winners in the last fifteen years: Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011), and Many Clouds (2015). All three were Irish-bred and spent their early days in Monymusk. Indeed, Hedgehunter the 2005 winner was broken by Patrick Coleman, who was hunting this day.

These legendary horses were owned by the stud’s previous owner, the famed Trevor Hemming’s, who at any given time would have upwards of a hundred National Hunt horses in training. A self-made man from the North of England, he owns the soccer club, Preston North End FC; Blackpool Tower, the tourist attraction in England inspired by the Eiffel Tower; and has extensive interests in tourism related businesses including Trabolgan Holiday Village in east Cork.

Refreshment were liberally dispensed by Kate and her team in one of the many horse barns in Monymusk. A meet in Duhallow is all about hunting so once the obligatory photos were taken—local photographer Eamonn Collins and videographer Timmy Browne assisting—it was time for the first draw.

duhallow.moving off.cathReady to move off / Catherine Power photo

Huntsman Ger Withers, on a new grey formerly owned by our hostess, Kate Jarvey, had sixteen-and-a-half couple of Old English foxhounds so evenly matched every one could have been from the same litter. He was assisted by four whippers-in, all voluntary (as opposed to amateur): Tim Brosnan, Arthur Comyn, Paul Buckley, and Finbar Fehin. The latter hunts the neighbouring Liscarrol Harriers on Sundays, and during the spring and summer acts as the local AI man, thus working with all the local dairy farmers. Arthur Comyn, the veteran of the four, has just returned to hunting after a triple by-pass procedure.

Field Master was Maurice Coleman who has filled the role since 1981 and still crosses the country with abandon. His son Michael who works with Apple was out on one of the many top class hunters from the yard. Maurice has a very useful eventer Kilroe Hero ridden by Sian Coleman (recently married to Patrick) and is entered in the up-coming 5-star Badminton Trials. Maurice’s Joint-Field-Master, Roger Kiely, sadly is still on the bench recovering from half a dozen broken ribs.

Kate’s three other Joint-Masters— Pat Hayes, Peter O’Meara, and Matt Nagle—were out as well. Peter was out with his daughter, Sophie, a student in the Ursuline Thurles. Rounding out the Joint-Masters, Matt Nagle, from Buttevant, practises as a solicitor from his office in Mallow He is a descendant of the venerable Nano Nagle, a pioneer of Catholic education in the late 1700s, to whom he bears a strong family resemblance. The much venerated Nano was founder of the now worldwide Congregations of the Sisters of the Presentation, and came from nearby Kilavullen.

Catherine O’Flynn, the diligent and hardworking treasurer, was on hand as always to collect caps. She and her husband are expanding their book shop in Mallow. When finished it promises to be the largest and best in Munster. Among the large and well mounted field (you have no business in Duhallow on a middling horse) was the huntsman’s wife, Maria, not yet back at work after the birth of young Jamie, their baby.

The first draw was across the main Newmarket road near the old Kanturk railway, and hounds found almost immediately. The music was fantastic before they pushed their pilot on towards the Island wood almost in Newmarket where he was marked to ground.

They then hacked back in Twohig’s farm which is just under Michael Winter’s gallops. Hounds found quickly, resulting in a smashing dash. Not without incident, however. Huntsman Ger Withers was jumping what appeared to by be a fairly innocuous bank but it concealed a nasty root which caught his horse’s leg and pitched him out of the plate. Horse or man were none the worse and continued.

Hounds ran towards Monymusk, then towards the top road and into Scanahan’s Glen. This glen is almost a mile long with loads of covert, so it gave the field a chance to catch their breaths. In the meantime it gave car followers a welcome break for a cup of tea and, with a bit of luck, something to wash it down. We were fortunate to enjoy real Duhallow hospitality provided by hunt chairman Pat and Eleanor Fleming. Providing a very decent sloe gin was former Master Maurice O’Connor, whose wife Rosemary was hunting .

It took hounds some time to persuade Reynard to leave the hospitality of Scanahan’s, and at one stage when they were at fault, the huntsman had to look to third season Lawyer (by Waterford Ladder). Lawyer, who had been walked by Kate Jarvey, soon had the pack back in song.

duhallow.peter omeara.cathPeter O'Meara buys some land at Monymusk. / Catherine Power photoHounds ran back to Monymusk right through the stud and briefly re-crossed the Newmarket road before returning to the valley near Michal Winters, where he eventually found a welcoming shore and was given best.

As huntsman Withers blew for home with horses having plenty done, the drama was not quite over. Joint-Master Peter O’Meara, jumping a bank to get back to the road, made a complete hames of it and was unceremoniously dumped in a muddy drain, red coat and all! Luckily his daughter Sophie was on hand to catch his horse and generally give moral support which dads need at times like this.

It was a happy group that made the short hack back to Monymusk where some further welcoming refreshments waited. An end to a good day and a great season.

Duhallow Foxhounds:
Kennels: Rossanarney, Liscarroll, Co. Cork
Foxhounds: 45 couple, Old English
Chairman: Pat Fleming, Moygue, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork
Masters: Kate Jarvey, Matthew Nagle, Peter O’Meara, Pat Hayes
Joint-secretaries: Pat Coleman, Dromore, Dromahane, Mallow, Co. Cork ([email protected]) and David O’Meara, Clyda House, Mallow, Co. Cork
Country hunted: North Cork, 30 miles North to South and 50 miles East to West, mostly bank country
Meets: Mon, Wed, Sat
Visitors: Welcome by arrangement

Posted June 5, 2019

This article previously appeared in The Irish Field and is republished with permission.