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 end of summer means most of us fox hunters are celebrating the fact that cubbing season is just around the corner. Our Huntsman Matthew Cook and the staff have begun exercising hounds on horseback. The pack is looking good and we have had a good start on Labor Day.
The last month has been full of activities, with the amazing Horse Activity Committee leading the charge and on track to have one of its best years ever. The Summer Fun Show, the inaugural hunter pace at Miller School and our Foxhunter Clinic in late August were all well attended and wonderfully organized, look for informal photos and reports can be found on our Facebook page!
In true Farmington Hunt fashion, we are again humbled by the generosity of our members when a special need arises. Tom Bishop has agreed to serve as our Treasurer, replacing Thoma Johnson who has moved to Arizona. Tom works at home at The Barracks, home of the UVA Equestrian Team and has served as former FHC MFH, and continues to help out as honorary Whipper In. We are very fortunate to have him on the team again, in this incredibly important role. Thanks Tom.
Cub hunting began on September 5, followed by the Labor Day Picnic that evening. The FHC Clay Bird Shoot is September 11, is fully subscribed. Our Annual Hound Dinner is scheduled for October 15, and the FHC Fall Horse Show, which is a great day/night of horse activities and camaraderie, will be held at the Barracks on October 29. We give thanks to the Bishops for their continued support and generosity. In addition, MFH Joy Crompton has lined up a number of exciting joint meets, both home and away. Please plan to participate.
The Farmington hunt club will be offering for sale another round of Virginia State Tax Credits, beginning in November. The kennel property has been placed in permanent conservation easement. The program has been a win-win situation for all involved, and there will be a notice sent out to the membership in the near future, explaining all of the details and options regarding the offer.
There is much good news to report as we look forward to horse and social activities. Thanks for your support.
Mark Thompson, President