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.
For the past seven months, the old saying, “Time flies when you are having fun”, has been in full effect. While it is sad to arrive at the end of another hunt season, FHC has had a good year and we all have a lot to be thankful for. The last week concluded with three particularly good hunts, culminating in a barn burner finale in the Millington country. Many thanks to Matthew, the staff, our hounds, the volunteers and especially our generous land owners who enable us to enjoy this wonderful time honored tradition.March was an active month on the social calendar as well. The Hunt Ball, held at the Boars Head Inn was a great success. We were fortunate to enjoy the company of many of our friends from Oak Ridge, and we appreciate their continued support. The auction items were incredibly special this year, which translated into a lot of happy successful bidders. We are forever grateful to the many people who donated such a wide variety of valuable items and services. Ann Horner, Evie Cowles and Carolyn Chapman did a wonderful job of organizing the event, and thanks to David Hilliard for being our auctioneer.
A few hours after the conclusion of our closing meet March 18th, a large group of FHC members gathered at the clubhouse for the annual Spillwine Party. The mood was festive, as everyone celebrated and reminisced on an enjoyable hunt season. A number of folks addressed the crowd, telling stories and reciting poems about their thrills, spills and most memorable moments of the year. A good time was had by all.
The Farmington Hunt Club Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the clubhouse.
As we look forward to summer horse and social activities, we wish you the best for 2017!
Mark Thompson, President