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.
As we noted last month there are so many FHC activities at this time of the year that it is hard to keep up and there are so many people to thank. The club functions at a high level in addition to good hunting. As is usual in early November hunting struggles with poor scenting and falling leaves but Matthew and the staff have continued to produce good sport.
For those at the recent hound dinner you know how much fun we had! The Board received the great report from chair Carol Ham of more than expected profit for our hounds. Thanks to all.
Then we rolled on into our Fall Horse Show at The Barracks. This was another great team effort with Mary Harp, Robin Lundgren, Robin Mellen, and Liz King and friends putting on not only a great fall show but a super dinner and cocktail function enjoyed by so many. Liz had every form of lasagna known to man to choose from and everything to accompany. The place was rocking as the costume class entertained. Thanks to all and particularly to Claiborne and Tom for once again allowing us to use their great facility. (see event report and photos)
The Fall Hunter Pace held this year at the Kennels was a good success despite the wind. Carolyn Chapman , Kip Holloway and crew laid out a very interesting course over the country. Thanks to landowners Bert Wellons, Travis Bailey, the Barrs, and Susan McConnell for allowing us to use their land. It was a huge success for the club with over 40 teams taking the line. When you came back there was another “Farmington Feast” awaiting. We had teams from all over the state with over 100 riders and it was fun to see friends from other hunts and compare notes.
While opening meet was short on foxes, Matthew certainly covered the country and gave everyone a good time. Hopefully with more consistent weather and moisture things will improve.
Our next big event is Thanksgiving Hunt and the awarding of colors. We look forward to seeing you there.