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2016 Annual Meeting

Annual meeting, April 20, 2016
report by Beth Sutton
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Farmington Hunt Club held its annual membership meeting at the clubhouse on Wednesday April 20th on a beautiful spring evening. A full quorum was on hand to hear excellent reports from committees and to elect new officers for the upcoming year, and to honor and thank retiring board members and executive committee members. The meeting was called to order by President Reynolds Cowles at 6:45, and concluded in less than an hour. A delicious pot luck supper followed the meeting with everyone enjoying the opportunity to share time and tales with fellow members, and to begin thinking about the upcoming year that promises to be another great one. Our new officers are: Mark Thompson, President, Kip Holloway, Vice President, Honorary Secretary Nancy Howell and Treasurer, Thoma Johnson. Stephanie Guerlain was awarded the Julian Beckwith award for outstanding volunteer service to the club, and out going board members Carol Ham and Martha Drum, and out going honorary secretary Connie Laudenschlager received sincere thanks for their service. Martha Drum will continue as membership chair with hopes for the future and regret for the passing of several beloved, long standing members of the club. Social Chairman Shelly Thompson turned over the leadership of her committee to Stacy Stinchfield.

Complete minutes of the meeting will be available soon, here are a few highlights!

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Reynolds Cowles  received special thanks and parting gifts from incoming President Mark Thompson

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Masters Joy Crompton and Liz King with Evie Cowles, Chris and Kim Middleton, and the members gave a standing ovation for Reynolds.

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New board members: Ann Horner, Tiffany Snell Shawnee Baker (with terms expiring 2019) and Chris Middleton (completing Nancy Howell's term-2018)

2016 Horse Trials Results

Saturday, April 2, 2016 Millington Stables

Following on the footsteps of the successful jumper derby the week before, this year Farmington hosted it's first ever 3-phase horse trials! Cross country was added as an option for riders, or they could choose a traditional dressage plus stadium combined test, or just do dressage, stadium, or cross-country at any level desired. Thirty-seven horse/rider combinations chose one or more of these options and we had a fun and successful day.

Thank you to all the volunteers!

Judges: Carolyn Chapman (dressage) and Baily Dent (show jumping & cross country); Ribbon Organizer: Robin Huntington, Course setup: Stephanie Guerlain, Joy Crompton, Liz King & Karen Bull, Timers & Jump Crew: Stephanie Guerlain & Liz King, Secretaries & Scorers: Linda Haschart & Ken Chapman Facilities: Liz King, Jay Fennell & J.B. Birdsall, Entries & Course Design: Stephanie Guerlain

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see Photos by Robert Hashchart

 

1. Tadpole Combined Test 1. Dark Starr, Julia Scheibel for Celia Kimata 2. Teddy, Helen Snyder for The Pony Academy 3. First Glance Obsession, Charlotte Bassett 4. Awryn, Marianne Lund 5. Bozeman, Sarah Hale for Virginia Michel 6. Justin, Libby Terrell for The Pony Academy

2. Baby Green Combined Test 1 Magic Mike, Lara Morris for The Pony Academy 2. Talk of the Town, Emma Hale 3. MLC Irish Rapture, Paul Pinner, 4. Maya, Scottie Lester for Connie Ho 5. TNE Orvyn, Molly Bull 6. April Breeze, Summer Smith for Antonia Massie

3. Beginner Novice Combined Test 1. Dora Cymbeline, Kip Holloway for Jane Dudinsky 2. Clyde, Lili Bennett for Benjamin Brewster 3. Murphy, Viktoria Anello 4. Optimus Prime, Zoe Whittle 5. Governor, Julie Cook

4. Beginner Novice Horse Trials 1. Dezy, Grace Hale 2. Ridgetop Robin Goodfellow, Katie Pinner 3. The Bedford Belle, Billie Bryant

5. Novice Combined Test 1. Eli, Mark Thompson 2. Mystic Maeve, Joy Crompton

2016 Jumper Derby Results

Saturday, March 26, 2016 Millington Stables

We had a wonderful day at the inaugural Farmington Jumper Derby! Courses started with several natural obstacles through the woods, jumping into the ring, and finishing over a set of stadium and natural jumps in the ring. The higher levels then jumped out over a bank. This proved to be a popular format, some classes had over 20 entries! It was such a success it inspired adding a cross-country course the following weekend, turning our combined test into an optional horse trials!

Successful jumper derby! Judges: Carolyn Chapman (dressage) and Baily Dent (show jumping & cross country); Ribbon Organizer: Robin Huntington, Course setup: Stephanie Guerlain, Joy Crompton, Liz King & Karen Bull, Timers & Jump Crew: Stephanie Guerlain & Liz King, Secretaries & Scorers: Linda Haschart & Ken Chapman Facilities: Liz King, Jay Fennell & J.B. Birdsall, Entries & Course Design: Stephanie Guerlain, Photography: Robert Haschart


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1. Tadpole Combined Test 1. Dark Starr, Julia Scheibel for Celia Kimata 2. Teddy Helen Snyder for The Pony Academy 3. First Glance Obsession, Charlotte Bassett 4. Awryn, Marianne Lund 5. Bozeman, Sarah Hale for Virginia Michel 6. Justin, Libby Terrell for The Pony Academy

2. Baby Green Combined Test 1. Farnley's Great Expectation 2. Thee Desperado's Epic 3. Dark Starr, Julia Scheibel for Celia Kimata 4. Collette, Caroline Blum 5. Adele

3. Tadpole, Gambler's Choice 1. Thee Desperado's Epic 2T. Farnleys Great Expectation 2T. Collette 4. Dark Starr 5. Bashir's Flash, Amanda Malone

4. Baby Green, OT 1. Bashir's Flash 2. Collette 3. Magic Trix, Emily Taylor for Barbara Barrell 4. Forrest Gump, Sasha Moran 5. Oakfields Ennis, Chanda Boylen for Susan McConnell 6. Oakfields Jameson Jen Daly for Susan McConnell

5. Baby Green, JO 1. Farnley's Great Expectation 2. All Time High, Sarah Ragosta for Lisa Flynn 3. Oakfields Peridot Jen Daly for Susan McConnell 4. Maya, Scottie Lester for Triple Creek Farm 5. Oakfields Spring Sparrow, Chanda Boylen for Susan McConnell 6. Desiree, Taylor Overman for Jebb Cuthbert

6. Baby Green, GC 1. Farnley's Great Expectation 2. Talk of the Town, Emma Hale 3. Magic Trix 4T. All Time High 4T. Desiree 6. 6. Dr. Julio, Pia Zuffoletti

7a. Beginner Novice (Jr), OT 1. Candela, Katelyn Houston 2. Prize, Katie Define for Jen Daly 3. Bramburry, Juliana Mallia for Shawnee Baker 4. Adagio, Abigail Lindsay for Catherine Birley 5. What Luck! Brianne Lefanowicz for Jen Daly 6. Belladonna Lily, Emily Sears for Amy Lamb       

8a. Beginner Novice (Jr), JO 1. Prize 2. Belladonna Lily 3. Bramburry 4. Adagio 5. What Luck! 6. Candela

9a. Beginner Novice (Jr), GC 1T. Prize 1T. Belladonna Lily 1T. Bramburry 4. Stuart Little, Isabella Karr for Paula McConnell 5. Cameron Creek, Taryn Cowles for Reuben Cowles 6. What Luck!

7b. Beginner Novice (Sr), OT 1. Aston, Isabella Cruz 2. Iron Touch, Ruth Cruz 3. Hula Kiki Osbourne for Frankie Brittain 4. ESF Hollywood Won It, Suzanne Antonacci 5. Noble Triton, Barbara Culbert 6. Chris's Symphony, Margaret Nash    

8b. Beginner Novice (Sr), JO 1. All Time High 2. Aston 3. ESF Hollywood Won It 4. Iron Touch 5. Noble Triton 6. Dezy, Grace Hale

9b. Beginner Novice (Sr), GC 1. Noble Triton 2. Billie the Kidd, Robin Mellen for Smallwood Farm 3. ESF Hollywood Won It 4. Dezy

10. Novice OT 1. Kat, Meagen Bingham 2. Loki, Lexi Robinson 3. Hula, Kiki Osbourne for Frankie Brittain 4. Billie the Kid 5. Zeus, Jeanette Fellows for Karen Bull 6. Governor, Kiki Osbourne for Julie Cook

11. Novice JO 1. Mystic Maeve, Joy Crompton 2. Launch, Emma Wade 3. Zeus 4. Commander's Notion, Sarah Green 6. Governor

12. Novice GC 1. Launch 2. Billie the Kid 3. Adagio

Matt Cook takes the Hounds to 4H!

Matthew Cook Visits 4H Club Group
Report and Photos by Martha Drum, FHC membership chairman

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Pictured here: EMT specialist and FHC member Trip Cowles(black shirt) and FHC Huntsman Matthew Cook (with hounds Briar and OJ) greet "Hoof and Woof"4 H kids at the Earlysville Fire Department. The 4H group includes FHC juniors Taryn Cowles, Taylor Overman, and Bella Karr.  All three of those girls have earned their Fairly Hunted Award from the MFHA for hunting regularly this year.
Hounds are the best ambassadors for our sport!

March 10,2016 Farmington Hunt (VA) huntsman, Matthew Cook, and Martha Drum visited the Hoof-n-Woof 4-H Club in Albemarle County to introduce the young riders to foxhunting and encourage them to join us in the field. 4-H is an active youth organization in Virginia, and since Farmington seeks to increase junior participation, it made sense to reach out - and bring a few extra hunt horns, whips, and one couple of friendly hounds along to help.

Matthew gave an animated talk which held the attention of nearly twenty 4-Hers, despite the 7:30pm start time on a weeknight. He began by describing his daily routine in kennels and explaining how much behind-the-scenes, year-round work goes into the pageantry and action of hunt morning. To engage the nine- to sixteen-year-old audience, he demonstrated cracking the whip and invited the children to take their best shots. This is a skill that comes more naturally to some arms than others, but everyone who tried was loudly cheered on by her friends. A few 4-H moms greatly enjoyed taking a turn as well!

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Cracking a whip takes skill! and what fun to learn.  M. Drum photos

Explaining control and communication with hounds, Matthew blew several different calls on the horn, which again captured the crowd's attention. The youngsters took a try here as well - a couple of ringers, or trumpet and other horn players, made decent novice attempts.

While he was speaking, the 4-Hers passed around the Masters of Foxhounds Association's "A Centennial View" coffee table book, admiring the paintings and photographs. We also distributed several copies of Wadsworth's booklet, "Riding to Hounds in America," to be read and shared among the Hoof-n-Woof members. Complete kits reflecting various attire, including the huntsman's pink coat, ratcatcher, and formal attire with colors, were on display as well. I reminded the riders that many details of hunt seat tack and turnout - the tall boots, extra billet strap, muted colors - have their practical origin in the field.

The highlight of the evening was the entrance of hounds Briar and OJ, who charmed the group and received plenty of affection while the kids crowded around to ask informal questions of their huntsman. As always, foxhounds and children were a terrific mixture. Four members of the Hoof-n-Woof Club will receive their MFHA Fairly Hunted Awards this season, and we hope they will encourage their peers to come out and follow hounds as well (Matthew's daughter, Pippa, who hunts alongside her mom, Julie, also earned the Fairly Hunted Award).

Parents were interested to hear that there is organization and leadership in the field, and that Farmington offers three flights at nearly every meet. We also have a full schedule of twice-weekly casual summer trail rides from Memorial Day to Labor Day, as well as hunter paces, so there are many opportunities for these riders to prepare ahead of time to join the field come autumn. As an extra invitation, each attendee received a certificate for a free cap. Many thanks to Matthew for doing such a great job interacting with these enthusiastic kids.

To learn more about 4-H clubs, visit their official website here.

To learn more about Farmington Hunt Club activities, please click here.

To learn more about the MFHA's Fairly Hunted Award for juniors, please click here.

The Hoof-n-Woof 4-H Club includes FHC student members, Taryn Cowles, Taylor Overman, Bella Karr (and I believe Emma Bittle, but she wasn't able to attend that evening).  Following up the 4-H presentation, we discussed scheduling a couple of introductory group trail rides to get the kids out in the country, and hopefully the next step will be our Walk and Talks, and then hunting in the fall.  We welcome kids, and their parents, to join the fun!  And we WANT them to come out! and that we can pair the newbies up with experienced riders to guide them.

Hunt Line: (434) 978-1107


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