The Farmington Hunt kennels and clubhouse are located in northwestern Albemarle County near Free Union. Our territory encompasses not only the rolling hills and fields at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we have followed hounds since 1929, but also reaches into historic southern Albemarle along the Hardware and James rivers. Our country’s diverse terrain presents constant opportunity for great sport with a wide variety of riding experiences.
November 2013Where do we start? We have had a most amazingly beautiful fall coupled with great hunting, numerous activities and a fabulous Hound Dinner. Hunting has been the best in recent years with hounds and staff giving us great sport. It was captured in Matthew’s remark to Kenny well along in the epic run from Schelford- “ Kenny, let me know if there is someone who is not having fun yet”. Wow, it was something.
The Fall Hunter Pace November 3 brought out 154 riders. It was a lovely day, a fun course and many thanks go to the Fiery family for hosting us. BJ, Liz and their crews did a great job. The chili alone was worth the price of admission.
Our hounds were well represented and supported at the Annual Hound Dinner November 9th at the clubhouse. Chaired by Carol Ham and backed up by a large crew led by Jennifer Cofield, Evie Cowles, and Bonnie Hanks and with fabulous fare by Shelly Thompson, Brodie Lower and Jennifer we raised a generous amount for the hounds. Many thanks to those who stepped up to sponsor one of the featured hounds: Jennifer and Bo Cofield- who bought the live auction study done by Evie Cowles, Rolf Hueppi, Joy Crompton, Bonnie Hanks, Charlie Foster, The Chapmans, Ann Horner, Carolyn Bassett, Donald Clark and Jennifer Braun. For the first time the art committee selected a limited number of good art pieces that were offered for sale. These were artists from within the club- Dorothy Haskell Chuuy, Kelly Wilkenson Coffin and Helen Hilliard; from the Virginia Equine Artist Association and various other lists. There were donations of sporting art from Steve and Carol Ham and Thoma and Kate Johnson. The exhibit was very well received and many club members purchased items. The artist all gave commissions to the club and again, the hounds benefitted.
Upcoming is Thanksgiving Hunt November 28th with the awarding of colors, the Junior Hunt the following Saturday and the Tri-meet December 7th with Deep Run and Keswick which we host this year.
We have had numerous guests hunting with us this fall and Martha Drum has been processing a number of new membership applications. Make these new members feel welcome and assist them in anyway you can. These new members are the lifeblood of our club going forward. The number of juniors has had an uptick in the field and we particularly encourage their participation.
The annual Board of Governors’ Christmas party is set for December 14th at the club house. Bonnie Hanks and Jennifer Cofield are planning a festive evening so make your plans. We will welcome our landowners to join us. See you there.