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.
The Hunt Ball was a huge success and thanks to Ann Horner, Evie Cowles, Anita Vere-Nicoll and Carolyn Chapman and all their committees who made this happen. Ann was in charge of the auction which netted a solid amount for the club. Thanks to all the donors and buyers. Carolyn was in charge of the Hunt Ball, and it was another great job by our venerable chair. Table decorations were beautifully done by Lucia Evans-Morse and her company Tourterelle with help from Carter McNeely. Liz King picked the great band. This was a super team effort and the club is in debt to these ladies. As a result, our treasurer reports that we end the fiscal year on a very positive side and a great carry over into next year when we do not have the big event. Attendance was an all time high and it was a great party celebrating our excellent year of hunting. Very well done by all.
Congratulations to our members who went over to the Maury River Hunter Trials and walked away with the top prizes. The “Whips” team of Kim Morton, Debra Wray, and Carolyn Chapman won the team competition and Kim and her Rosie were overall champion. Our Master, Joy Crompton was “best turned out”.
The new whelping stall and pen at the club is under construction by Matthew and Tommy and will soon be ready for the next litter. They are starting work in the country opening new places. There will be a call for volunteer labor on trail clearing later in the summer so stay tuned.
Our new Master, Liz King put on another great Hunter Trials April 11th and we all appreciate the Bassetts for having us on their fabulous farm and we thank Katherine Birdsall for sharing the parking on their farm. Thanks to Pat and Tom for judging and to all the participants.
The annual puppy show is coming up May 10th at 5 pm at the kennels. There will be awards to juniors with the Fairly Hunted awards and the Campbell Award for an outstanding junior in the hunt field. With a large contingent of puppies to be shown this year it will be a fun evening followed by a potluck supper up at the club house.
Look in Fox Tracks for award winners from the annual meeting, but I would like to thank all the members for a great year and we look forward to another good year at FHC going forward.Check the calendar for upcoming events and last minute changes!