Fox Hunters Clinic

Farmington Hosts Annual Clinic for Foxhunters

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Bud Riddle rides in from the Mock Hunt with his wife Cheryl following field master Kip Holloway


Event report by Joy Crompton, MFH, photos courtesy of Jebb Cuthbert and S.Dennis

August 19th and 20th Millington Stables Free Union, VA

Fox Hunting Clinic: two days of Fun at Millington Stable
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above:Suzanne Dennis on her Friesian, Dorian, practicing in Millington's Upper ring during Saturday morning's session.
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Group lessons in the ring included riders of all ages, listening to MFH Joy Crompton offering helpful tips on riding in the hunt field

Report from Joy Crompton:

"14 riders participated in the Fox Hunting Clinic in August instructed by Joy Crompton and Liz King, Joint FHC MFH. Saturday ‘s morning session took place at Millington ‘s Upper Ring where participant learned to ride safely as a group and practiced control exercises. Several worked over jumps and all had an opportunity to open and shut a gate.
The afternoon session took place across country. Riders learned control in the open field, crossed the river and followed over jumps. Kip Holloway assisted with the clinic and led the “2nd Flight” folks for the Saturday afternoon session along with Sunday’s hunt. Members Stephanie and her daughter Hanna Buss along with Cheryl and Bud Riddle, as well as, James McKinley participated.
The Clinic Hunt on Sunday was fun and exciting as a fox had hounds chasing in Full Cry! Participants were shuttled, thanks to Jeff Bodine, to the Club House where they enjoyed a Hunt Breakfast and a talk about appropriate clothes, thanks to Shawnee Baker, and horn interpretations from Huntsman, Matthew Cook."
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Hunting attire described by Shawnee Baker during breakfast at the Hunt Club following Sunday morning's mock hunt.

Membership Chair, Jebb Cuthbert, made sure all had membership information. Additionally, all participants received a “Cap” to hunt with Farmington. She is happy to report:

"Suzanne Dennis, Kelsie Timbie and Lainey Butler have all been out cubbing already and are having a blast. Suzanne says she is "totally addicted." She and Lainey have submitted membership applications already! We look forward to seeing Colleen Grant, Tina Mallia, Kathleen Anderson, Kristina Krajewski, and Ashleigh Dove out soon."

Hunt Night at Warrenton

September 3, 2017 FHC  Teams Compete at Warrenton Horse and Pony Show- Hunt Night
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Hunt team winners from left:Karen Bull, Liz King, Stephanie Guerlain, Katie Define, Taryn Cowles, and Isabella Karr , Tripp Cowles photo

report by Jane Fogleman,Stephanie Guerlain

Warrenton Hunt Night Festivities

Sunday at Warrenton was well attended by supporters and participants from Farmington. The ring was a sloppy mess when the “Hunt Night Classes” began but did dry out as the day progressed. The supporters included: Ellie Wood Baxter, Jane Fogleman, BJ Korol, Grenelle Delany, Jane DeButts, The Karrs , Lynn Define, Tripp Cowles, Mary Kalergis, Carolyn Brandt, Jennifer Sulzberger, Tricia Neumann, Linda Haschart, Bob Haschart, Jebb Cuthbert, Paula McConnell, Mary Buford Hitz, Max Olivas, Robin Huntington, Nancy Howell, Elizabeth Uffelman, BJ Korol, and Cece Williamson (her horse went lame so unfortunately our 4th hunt team wasn't able to compete but her teammates Joy Crompton and Robin Ellis were able to ride in a few other classes)l. There may have been others that I missed but the overall support was much appreciated by the riders. And we greatly thank Baily Dent who coached many of the Farmington riders.

The show was very big, there were 41 in the Ladies Hunter Hack, 31 pairs, and I think 17 teams.

Sally Lamb organized a wonderful food tent for Keswick, Bull Run and Farmington. It was great to get together with all of the neighboring hunts and start the season with such positive experiences.

The best of the day !!! In the over 45 class Liz went around the end of the ring in front of the grandstands and she was really moving on at a good lick. She yelled at Elliewood sitting in the stands—“This is for you Ellie Wood”. We all know how Ellie Wood likes horses to go at a Hunting Pace!!!

Our participants were all beautifully turned out for the occasion and represented Farmington admirably!! They included: Joy Crompton, Liz King, Stephanie Guerlain, Karen Bull, Jenny Daly, Charlotte Delany, Robin Ellis, Katie Define, Isabelle Karr, Taryn Cowles, James McKinley

Results were also admirable from our distinguished group of riders.
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Stephanie and Brooklyn, R.Haschart photo

1st Brooklyn, Stephanie Guerlain

Junior Foxhunter Over Fences
1st, Prize, Katie Define for Jennifer Daly
4th, Syrah, Isabella Karr for Mason Fogg

Fox hunter Over Fences 30-45
2nd Batman, Jennifer Daly

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Karen and Zeus, R.Haschart photo

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Liz and Melissa Slutzky's 'Cinni, R. Haschart Photo

Fox hunter Over Fences 45+
2nd Stephanie Guerlain on Brooklyn
5th Barcinni, Liz King for Melissa Slutzky
7th Zeus, Karen Bull

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Liz King and 'Cinni, R. Haschart Photo

Staff Class
4th Liz King on Barcinni

Ladies Hunter Hack
5th Stephanie Guerlain on Brooklyn

Junior Hunter Hack
7th Katie Define on Prize
8th Isabella Karr on Syrah

Gentleman's Hack
4th Zeus, James McKinley for Karen Bull
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Charlotte Delany and Liz King, R. Haschart photo

Hunt Teams
2nd Stephanie Guerlain, Liz King, and Karen Bull
5th Taryn Cowles, Isabella Karr and Katie Define


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Hunter Pace June10th

Farmington Hunt Fun Hunter Pace at Mint Meadows
Results and Report, and photos courtesy of event manager Nancy Howell
June 10, 2017

The Farmington Hunt Club would like to thank the following landowners for allowing us access through their beautiful property on Saturday: John and Mary Scott Birdsall, Wick and Carter McNeely, Alesandro Valmarana and Grey and Sarah McLean. The 5 mile trail ride took us through some of the prettiest views and natural beauty in all of Albemarle County.
I want to thank all the volunteers who brought that delicious food (which was completely devoured by the time the last guest left). Robin Ellis generously gathered a bounty of desserts, which I thought was over the top. The tables were blessed with gorgeous flower arrangements by Melissa Morrison (Maggies’s Mom!!) Karen Bull was my drink gal again this year, thank you for keeping us hydrated after a particularly warm day on the trail! Brian Barquin, Janet and Robert Deane and Bobbie Wells were my jump spotters, photographer and water station volunteers (along with Ruby and Missy!).
My secretaries were Jebb Cuthbert, Mary Minor Henderson and BJ Korol who kept the line short and riders moving on. Chris Cuthbert, Michelle Fultano and Linda Hashcart were our timers and instructors for the day.
Liz King set up a wonderful trail and kept us from crossing that high, deep and flowing river that was sure to be a challenge after all that rain the previous week. She knows her way around all the properties in our hunt country but Mint Meadows is her backyard and she uses every acre if she can!
Matthew, Julie, Tommy and Grady once again put up that darn tent in a perfect spot to keep us cool. I always appreciate the amount of work it takes to put a big tent like that up and then pull it down again in a day. Grady weed-eated around many of the trails and jumps for us too. Thank you, we really appreciated it!
A double shout out to Michelle and BJ who helped me set up and stayed to help clean everything up at the end of the day. Thank you BJ for being my “second arm” for the day............Oh did you not notice?
I planned this Hunter Pace with one arm!!!!
Here are the results and 1st place winners will receive a Certificate in the mail for (1) free Hunt/Pace or Walk and Talk with FHC during the 2017 season.

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Sid Trimmer and Karen Grove with Karen and Ed Bullock our #1 and #2 Hunter Division winners.Photo by Robert Deane

Hunter Division:
1. Sid Trimmer and Karen Grove 2. Karen and Ed Bullock 3. Jennifer Campbell and Racheal McMahon 4. Meghan Custer and Becky Birnbaum
Pleasure Division:
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1. Paula McConnell and Dale Dealtrey  2. Ellen Miller, Lisa Moseley and Tommy Clements 3. Erica and Aymarie 4. Liz Wilson, Shawnee Baker, Martha Drum and Kelly Van Scooter

Junior Division:

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Juniors at the Hunter Pace had a great time!
1. Taylor Overman and Kaitlyn Schmitt 2. Josie Galvin, Claire Thompson, Jeni Galvin and Emily Sears 3. Meghan Murray, Rachel Murray and Delaney Jones
Junior Winners pictured above: Schmitt and Overman, photo by Robert Deane

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Galvin  and Sears family with L. Haschart

Spring Horse Show Report

Another Great Spring Horse Show!
June 5, 2017 Event report and results by Stephen Bickers, show manager

Photos will be posted as soon as they are available! Share your event photos and comments-please join our group, Farmington on Facebook

Another horse show in the books! We had the most beautiful weather ever, and what a nice chance to get together with great friends. About 50 entries competed at the beautiful Brookhill Farm, and I want to take this chance to reiterate to Lynne and Mark Gebhard how grateful we are to be able to hold the show there. Many of the exhibitors have been long time supporters of the show, but there were some new faces as well. Hopefully everyone had a good day, and we look forward to seeing them back next year. It was very bittersweet and touching to present the Muffin Barnes Memorial Trophy for the first time. I know she was smiling down on a show that she supported and attended since it started in 1976.

Sure it is a lot of work, but it would not be possible without my volunteers. BJ Korol and Robin Lundgren were great secretaries, my parking guru, Earle Betts kept things running smoothly down below. Shelley Thompson, Sally Powers, Kip Holloway and Chris Cuthbert were a very efficient and quick jump crew. Jebb Cuthbert very ably handled a long afternoon of announcing, and she did the hunt club proud.

Mary Harp was totally my gal Friday, organizing the jump changes, being an efficient starter, and just overall keeping things in line from the start of the show until the bitter end.

Thanks to all our sponsors who made it possible to raise close to $4000 for the hunt club.

Most of all thanks to my long term partner, and best friend, Drew Perkins for being all in this year. He painted, lets just say, a "few jumps", he put up with the clutter around the house that precedes a show, he helped not just with set up, but as tired as we were, helped break down and pack up. He was invaluable as secretary from start to finish, and as I said, was cheerful and willing the entire time.

All the boxes are packed back in the attic, and I feel relieved to hand off the baton to the next event planners. Put June 2, 2018 on your will be here before you know it.


June 3, 2017
Judge: Mr. Mark Wonderly
Schooling Hunter Champion: Barrister, Kim Short, (Jackson Schurtz)
Res: Piper, Toni Durham
Green Hunter Champion: C'Mon Carmen, Stephanie Guerlain
Res: Secret Soldier, Lynne Gebhard
Working Hunter Champion: Medal of Honor, Lynne Gebhard
Res: Secret Soldier, Lynne Gebhard
Childrens/ Adult Hunter Champion: Prize, Jenn Daly, (Katie Define)
Res: Medal of Honor, Lynne Gebhard (Summer Smith)
VHSA Thoroughbred Hunter Champion: Firebee, Tiffany Snell, (Nicole Hill)
Res: Mesmerize, Equinox Farm, (Becky Reid)
Short Stirrup Hunter Champion: Diamond Jubilee, Britni Cash, (Henry Lesko)
Res: Captain Butler, Baily Hale Dent, (Maggie Kittrell)
Pony Pleasure Champion: Oakfields Peridot, Isabella Karr
Res: Sunny Delight, Annie Bourke
Junior Horse Pleasure Champion: Captain Butler, Baily Hale Dent, (Maggie Kittrell)
Res: Excalibur, Lynne Gebhard, (Caroline Daugherty)
Adult Horse Pleasure Champion: Descant, Mary Harp, (Anne Grachus)
Res: Miss Madelaine, Todd Wever
Low Hunter Champion: Coco Chanel, Todd Wever
Res: Skipping Along, Julianna Mallia
Pony Hunter Champion: Point 'N' Shoot, Lily Lynch
Res: Oakfields Peridot, Isabella Karr
Grand Champion Pleasure: Captain Butler, Baily Hale Dent (Maggie Kittrell) & Descant, Mary Harp, (Anne Grachus)
Grand Hunter Champion: Medal of Honor, Lynne Gebhard
Leading Hunter Rider: Lynne Gebhard
Best Child Rider: Isabella Karr
Leading Equitation Trainer: Lynne Gebhard
Schooling Hunters: 1. Barrister; 2. Piper; 3. Half Mask, K C Meadows, (Mary Quinn Ferguson); 4. Zeus, Karen Bull; 5. Elation, Rebecca Smith, (Jenn Daly); 6. Chris's Symphony, Margaret Nash.
Schooling Hunters: 1. Barrister; 2. Half Mask; 3. Zeus; 4. Piper; 5. Penny, Smallwood Farm, (Louise Carelsen); 6. Duchess, Lynne Gebhard, (Shannon Critzer).
Schooling Hunters under saddle: 1. Barrister; 2. Elation; 3. Piper; 4. Duchess; 5. Half Mask; 6. Box Office Smash, Charlotte Delany.
Green Hunters: 1. Secret Soldier; 2. Staccato, Equinox Farm, (Becky Reid); 3. C'Mon Carmen; 4. Mesmerize, Equinox Farm, (Becky Reid); 5. Ludwig, Rebecca Ogborne, (Baily Hale Dent); 6. Runaway Dame, Joy Cromptonl.
Green Hunters: 1. Ludwig; 2. C'Mon Carmen; 3. Runaway Dame; 4. Secret Soldier; 5. Staccato; 6. Mesmerize.
Green Hunters under saddle: 1. C'Mon Carmen; 2. Secret Soldier; 3. Ludwig; 4. Runaway Dame.
Working Hunters: 1. Medal of Honor; 2. Secret Soldier; 3. Brooklyn; 4. East of Eden, Rebecca Smith, (Jenn Daly).
Working Hunters: 1. Medal of Honor; 2. East of Eden; 3. Secret Soldier; 4. Brooklyn.
Working Hunters under saddle: 1. Medal of Honor; 2. Secret Soldier; 3. Brooklyn; 4. East of Eden.
VHSA Equitation on the flat (14 and under): 1. Nicole Hill; 2. Ginger Umstadler; 3. Julianna Mallia; 4. Laney Butler; 5. Isabella Karr; 6. Dylan Schultheis.
VHSA Equitation on the flat (15-17): 1. Katie Define; 2. Summer Smith; 3. Anesia Fowler.
VHSA Equitation on the flat (Adult): 1. Stephanie Guerlain; 2. Toni Durham; 3. Shannon Critzer.
VHSA Associate Children's Equitation (Black Cat Farm Trophy): 1. Summer Smith; 2. Laney Butler; 3. Nicole Hill; 4. Anesia Fowler.
VHSA Associate Adult Equitation: 1. Toni Durham; 2. Sasha Reinhold; 3. Shannon Critzer; 4 . Sarah Ragosta.
VHSA Children's Medal: 1. Katie Define; 2. Summer Smith; 3. Anesia Fowler.
VHSA Adult Medal: 1. Stephanie Guerlain; 2. Charlotte Delaney; 3. Toni Durham.
Children's/ Adult Hunters: 1. Prize; 2. Medal of Honor; 3. Firebee; 4. Piper; 5. Believe and Receive, Leah Scully, (Sarah Ragosta); 6. Calm and Collected, Sasha Reinhold.
Children's/ Adult Hunters: 1. Piper; 2. Prize; 3. Medal of Honor; 4. Finn, Tara Reddy, (Anesia Fowler); 5. Cricket, Jenn Daly, (Laney Butler); 6. Firebee.
Children's/ Adult Hunters under saddle: 1. Finn; 2. Medal of Honor; 3. Prize; 4. Piper; 5.Believe and Receive ; 6. Firebee.
VHSA Thoroughbred Hunters: 1. Staccato; 2. Firebee; 3. Mesmerize.
VHSA Thoroughbred Hunters: 1. Firebee; 2. Staccato; 3. Mesmerize; 4. Coco Chanel.
VHSA Thoroughbred Hunters under saddle: 1. Firebee; 2. Mesmerize.
Leadline: 1. Virginia Lesko.
Short Stirrup Hunters: 1. Diamond Jubilee; 2. Captain Butler; 3. Excalibur; 4. Sunny Delight; 5. Two to Tango, Hannah Buss; 6. Double Trouble, Dylan Schultheis.
Short Stirrup Hunters: 1. Captain Butler; 2. Double Trouble; 3. Sunny Delight; 4. Excalibur; 5. Diamond Jubilee; 6. Two to Tango.
Short Stirrup Hunters under saddle: 1. Diamond Jubilee; 2. Excalibur; 3. Double Trouble; 4. Two to Tango; 6. Captain Butler.
Pony Pleasure - Walk, Trot: 1. Oakfields Peridot; 2. Two to Tango; 3. Sunny Delight.
Pony Pleasure - Go As You Please: 1.Oakfields Peridot; 2. Sunny Delight; 3. Two to Tango.
Pony Pleasure: 1. Oakfields Peridot; 2. Sunny Delight; 3. Two to Tango.
Junior Horse Pleasure - Walk, Trot: 1. Captain Butler; 2. Excalibur; 3. Double Trouble;
4. Leo, Lynne Gebhard, (Lillian Byrd).
Junior Horse Pleasure - Go As You Please: 1. Captain Butler; 2. Excalibur; 3. Leo; 4. Double Trouble.
Junior Horse Pleasure: 1. Captain Butler; 2. Excalibur; 3. Double Trouble; 4. Leo.
Adult Horse Pleasure- Walk, Trot: 1. Descant; 2. Miss Madelaine; 3. Bear, Shelly Thompson, (Hannah Rice); 4. Lucy, Andra Tarleton, (Madeline Maciel).
Adult Horse Pleasure- Go as You Please: 1. Descant; 2. Bear; 3. Lucy; 4. Miss Madelaine.
Adult Horse Pleasure: 1. Descant; 2. Miss Madelaine; 3. Lucy; 4. Bear.
Low Hunters: 1. Coco Chanel; 2. April, Lynne Gebhard, (Lindsey Henry); 3. Skipping Along; 4. Kool Kat; 5. Barley Smith, Lynne Gebhard, (Courtney Starr); 6. Star Medal, Jenny Rosner.
Low Hunters: 1. Skipping Along; 2. Star Medal; 3. April; 4. Coco Chanel; 5. Lil TNT, Jenny Rosner; 6. Kool Kat.
Low Hunters under saddle: 1. Coco Chanel; 2. April; 3. Skipping Along; 4. Barley Smith; 5. Kool Kat.
Pony Hunters: 1. Point 'N' Shoot; 2. Oakfields Peridot; 3. Bart Simpson, Lynne Gebhard, (Violet Wiley); 4. Breezeway Moonflower, Jenny Furlow, (Ginger Umstadler).
Pony Hunters: 1. Oakfields Peridot; 2. Point 'N' Shoot; 3. Bart Simpson; 4. Breezeway Moonflower.
Pony Hunters under saddle: 1. Breezeway Moonflower; 2. Bart Simpson; 3. Point 'N' Shoot; 4. Oakfields Peridot.

Hunt Line: (434) 978-1107

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