The Farmington Hunt kennels and clubhouse are located in northwestern Albemarle County near Free Union. Our territory encompasses the rolling hills and fields at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we have followed hounds since 1929, and 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.
Well winter has shut us down more than usual but hopefully February will open up and we can finish the season on a strong note The past month saw the loss of long time icons in our group, Agnes Clark and Paul Summers. They will be dearly missed as both were much loved in our community. Your Board holds its annual strategic planning meeting on the 16th. We will be looking at all aspects of FHC and welcome any suggestions or comments you may have. We have a lot of strengths but there are areas for improvement including expanding and utilizing our country, financial planning, improving value for our social members, and attracting more members of the horse community to the hunt field. Please contact any Board member for input. For those who are regular readers of Norm Fine's great web site,“Foxhunting Life” www.foxhuntinglife.com, you may have read a recent blog on attracting more juniors to the hunt field( see Dec. 16,2013 issue). The efforts of Old Dominion are featured and give us a good guide in this endeavor. If you do not subscribe to Norm’s newsletter give it a try.
Upcoming events include the popular hunters dinner chaired this year by Carolyn Chapman and Lucia Evans-Morse(Postponed to Feb.22 due to weather). They have lined up quite a feast with venison, duck, quail, local pork and desserts by Debbie. Come hungry.
Don’t forget to make your reservations for the Oak Ridge Hunt ball. This is their year in our alternating scheme and it is a great time. Lets show our support. We hope to see you at the upcoming Hunter's Dinner on February 22nd and the Hunt Ball on March 22nd with ORH. (See Events for details.)