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.
We have had non stop activity this spring at FHC, keeping the members and staff very busy. We kicked off our new fiscal year with the annual meeting in April with reports from various board members and committee chairs, we are again reminded of the amazing depth, talent and commitment that our members bring to the table. Many thanks to the folks who are transitioning from the Board for their years of dedicated service. It’s reassuring that they remain so active and anxious to help. The new BOG members have hit the ground running and I know we have an excellent team in place. Special congratulations go to Stephanie Guerlain, who received the Julian Beckwith Award. Stephanie’s incredible technical and organizational skills are a major reason that the FHC website is so effective and the club runs so smoothly. She is also an integral part of the Horse Activities group, organizing events and representing us well in the saddle.
In May we had Farmington Beagles in a joint Puppy Show at our kennels as well as a fun day with our entry in the Virginia Hound Show at Morven park. The addition of the beagles, their members and the enthusiastic junior handlers was a breath of fresh air and we hope to be able to continue that tradition in the years to come. In the foxhound division, Pansy edged out Thorn to win the championship. Thanks once again to Sherry and Forbes for providing the Pimms Cup, and newly appointed Social Chair, Stacy Stinchfield (and Lee) organized a wonderful dinner at the clubhouse after the show. For information about our Hounds see full details, and more.)
The Farmington Horse Activities this spring have all gone well: the June Spring Hunter Show and the Summer Hunter pace at Mint Meadows. Stephen Bickers, Drew and their whole team of volunteers and sponsors continue to raise the bar to new heights and we can’t thank them enough. June 4th Spring Hunter show was held with a near record attendance at Brookhill Farm and owners, Lynne and Mark Gephard were incredibly welcoming and helpful. Upcoming this summer The Jumper Show is at Schelford Farm in July and a new Hunter Pace has been added at Miller School in August. Visit our events calendar for full details, and check our our news for all event reports, results and photos.
There is much good news to report as we look forward to summer activities. Thanks for your support.
Mark Thompson, President