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.
Winter is almost here! With weather more like Southern California than Virginia, we are experiencing one of the driest falls on record. The hot and dusty conditions have made scenting very difficult, and the terrain has become rock hard. Despite the challenges, the Farmington Hunt family continues to have fun and put on high quality events.
The Fall Horse Show and Jumper Night October 29th at the Barracks was a great success again this year, with plentiful entries and lots of spectators. Many thanks to all of the organizers, and especially the Bishops for their generous hospitality.
November 6th FHC Kennels was the site for both the Fall Hunter Pace and The Virginia Field Hunter Championships. Approximately 125 riders enjoyed a beautiful day and a fantastic course that wound its way throughout the farms adjoining the FHC kennels on Wesley Chapel Road. Thanks to Kip Holloway and her committee for such a successful event. Later that afternoon, some very talented horse/rider combinations, representing hunt clubs throughout the state, competed in the Va. Field Hunter Championships. 2015 winner, Carolyn Chapman was in charge of organizing the competition and she did a fine job. Also, our huntsman Matthew and his wife Julie Cook were instrumental at both events in helping to lay out the courses, and as usual, they received great assistance from Kennel man Tommy McCauley and his assistant,Grady.
On November 12, a large group of well turned out riders and horses participated in Opening Meet at Millington Stables. Everyone had a great time, and the event was well documented by Cathy Summers, Bob Haschart and others. See their photos to remember the day. November 17th FHC hosted enjoyable joint meet with Keswick Hunt Club at Hidden Fox Farm. We value our friendship with them and look forward to future events together. Thanksgiving meet at Mint Meadows was the scene for the annual blessing of the hounds with a special awarding of colors ceremony. Junior meet was especially festive with a big turnout of young riders and guests at Horseshoe Farm on November 26th.(see News for more details and photos)
As we look toward the New Year, we cannot overestimate the value of a healthy club membership and strong landowner relations. We can all do our part, by identifying and cultivating people who would be good additions to the Farmington family. We give thanks always to our landowners whose property we are allowed to hunt.
As we look forward to horse and social activities, we wish you the best of happy Holidays!
Mark Thompson, President