Thanksgiving Meet and Junior Day

Thursday November 24 and Saturday November 26, 2016
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A record crowd of family, friends and riders came out to celebrate the awarding of colors and blessing of the hounds ceremony at a special hunt meet at the Birdsalls's Mint Meadows,Thursday November 24th. MFH W.Patrick Butterfield awarded FHC Belgian blue colors to members who "maintain the traditions of the Farmington Hunt". This year's recipients were Ann Horner, Taryn Cowles and Tiffany Snell. A special surprise was presented to Emma Bittle in the form of a beautiful coat, given by longtime senior member Sara Lee Greenhalgh from Poolesville MD. Bobbie Wells and BJ Korol proudly presented the coat to Emma in honor of her outstanding help as assistant whipper -in and strong participation in the field, as members and mentors including Carter McNeely looked on. Mrs. Greenhalgh, now retired from hunting at age 87, wanted the coat to go to a young member of the field who deserved special thanks and would carry on the proud traditions of the hunt. Special pins were presented by MFH Elizabeth King to a number of junior riders including Pippa Cook, daughter of Matthew Cook, our huntsman.Charlotte Bassett also received Jr.recognition, along with Hannah Buss,Maggie Kittrell and Taylor Overman. Reverend Dale Dealtrey blessed the hounds according to the centuries old service honoring St. Hubert, patron saint of the hunt, along with special words crafted by FHC member, former MFH and author Robert Ashcom. Here are a few photos from Thanksgiving, courtesy of Cathy Summers and Stephanie Guerlain. For complete albums visit Cathy Look for Bob's and Stephanie's photos on our FHC facebook page!

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Rev.Dale Dealtrey with hounds and hunt staff Tom Bishop, Deborah Wray and Matthew Cook

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Bobbie Wells presented a coat given by senior member Sara Lee Greenhalgh to Emma Bittle

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Taryn Cowles, Evelyn Cowles, and former FHC President R.R. Cowles, DVM

November 26th, Junior Day at Rolf and Margaret Hueppi's Horseshoe farm

Junior riders came out in numbers on Saturday after Thanksgiving to enjoy a special hunt meet at the home of FHC members Rolf and Margaret Hueppi. FHC welcomed  visiting fox hunters to this special junior meet, some of whom were experiencing the sport for the first time thanks to coaches and horse providers Liz King of Millington Stable,Martha Drum, Easy Keeper farm and 4H Albemarle leader Jenn Daly. A fine time was had by all, thanks to the generous hospitality of the Hueppi family. Photos courtesy of Bob Haschart and Cathy Summers

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Rolf Hueppi with guests at the meet at Horseshoe

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Martha Drum with juniors

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FHC staff, hounds and riders cross the S. Fork of the Rivanna river below the red cabin at Horseshoe farm

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Hilltoppers and guests with Liz King, Connie Laudenschlager and Ebeth Brann successfully viewed the fox just below the residence at Horseshoe

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Riders and friends enjoyed a delicious breakfast following the hunt, hosted by the Hueppi family





W.Coleman, Sr. wins Virginia Field Hunter Championship 2016

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FHC lifetime member Ellie Wood Baxter congratulates Keswick Hunt's William Coleman Sr  and "Flying Ace",Winner of the 2016 Virginia Field Hunter Championship (R. Haschart photo)

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November 6 2016 FHC hosted the 2016 Virginia Field Hunter Championships at the hunt club kennels on Wesley Chapel Road, Free Union, VA on a perfect Sunday fall afternoon.A full crowd of friends and spectators watched Carolyn Chapman, 2015 champion as she led a field of 15 riders representing eight hunt clubs from around the state. Keswick had two riders: Jennifer Nesbit and William Coleman Sr,Bedford sent Sarah Baker and Lorin Shellenberger,Loudon Fairfax was represented by Larry Campbell and Astrid Harber,Middleburg's  Devon Zebrovious won the prize for "Best Turned Out" and Teresa Croce won Reserve Champion on Graylord Woods. Old Dominion was represented by Sarah Crocker,Piedmont's Mclelle Craig competed along with Rockbridge's Elizabeth Hall, Warrenton's Amy Robinson and Beth Woodson. Judges were previous FHC Virginia Field Hunter Champions Robert Ashcom, Mark Thompson, FHC President, Thomas Bishop former MFH, and W. Patrick Butterfield, FHC MFH. Farmington Hunt first hosted the inaugural Virginia State Field Hunter Trial championship in 1950. Photos by Robert Haschart

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Carolyn Chapman leads the field in a mock hunt, pictured here followed by Wm Coleman SR and M.Craig

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Coleman and Flying Ace in the hack class

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Devon Zebrovious-Middleburg(left) Best Turned Out award winner with Elizabeth Hall from Rockbridge

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Teresa Croce from Middleburg and Greyland Woods (owned by Karen Martz), Reserve Champions


Fall Hunter Pace Results 11-6-2016

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Results and event report by Kip Holloway, event manager

Hunt/Jump Division:
1st - Paula Griggs
2nd - Robin Ellis, Anita Vere Nicoll, Joy Crompton
3rd - Ginny Perrin, Jennifer Berdell, Christy OHaviano, Kirsten Knull
4th - Jebb Cuthbert, Kaitlyn Schmitt, Taylor Overman

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Winners-Pleasure Division Allyson Louthan and Shelley Payne (B.Sutton Photo)

Pleasure Division:
1st - Allyson Louthan, Shelley Payne
2nd - Alice Mueller, Charlene Isner, Barbara Culbert, Ethnie Gillespie
3rd - Erin Furrow, Miley Pace
4th - Donna Martin, Melanie Mervis, Julie Williamson

Junior Division:
1st - Isabella Karr, Emily Sears
2nd - Josie Galvin, Jeni Galvin, Katie Sears, Kristina Karr
3rd - Sophie Ogilvie, Mimi Paixao
4th - Juliana Mallia, Tina Mallia


The Farmington Hunter Pace could not have been blessed with a more spectacular fall day. We had a total of 127 riders enjoy a fun course through Dr. Wellon’s, Travis Bailey’s, Dr. Barr’s and Susan McConnell’s gorgeous properties. We are extremely appreciative of these land owners generosity. I dare say there is not a more beautiful setting anywhere.

Riders came from near and far to enjoy the day, the course, and the views.
Our Pleasure Division had 25 teams with the winning team of Allyson Louthan and Shelley Payne riding the course in 1 hour, 27 minutes.
The Hunt/Jump Division had 12 teams with the solo winner, Paula Griggs, finishing in 59 minutes
And the Junior Division had 9 teams with the winning team of, Isabella Karr and Emily Sears, completing the course in 1 hour, 16 minutes.

It goes without saying that this event would not have happened without the many volunteers. Matthew and Julie spent countless hours getting the course set and marked. For a second year in a row, Rachel Flor, did the timing with great efficiency and accuracy. She was ably assisted by her mom, Helen. When the trailers started rolling in, I was so thankful to have Chris Cuthbert and Jon Elliott directing traffic, and BJ Korol, once again, handling all secretarial duties with Lynne Taylor and Beth Sutton by her side. After everyone finished the great ride, Nancy Howell had a delicious assortment of food for all to enjoy.

See Hunter Pace photos by Rick Stillings Photography, E.H.Sutton Photos

more photos from R. Haschart and Stephanie Guerlain

From event coordinator Rosie Campbell-Update on the overal Fun Fall Hunter pace Results: Year End winners

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(above)Rosie Campbell, Bull Run MFH presented the prize for the series which concluded with FHC November 6

Five hunts are included in this Hunter Pace Series-Rappahannock, Deep Run, Bull Run, Casanova, Warrenton, Old Dominion, Farmington

Hunt Division:Casanova-Tom Rogers and partner.
Pleasure: Bull Run-Fiona Tustian and Nick Gudka.
Junior:Bull Run-Joanne Kline and Rory Gudka
they all did at least 5 of the paces..!

FHC Fall Horse Show 2016

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Saturday October 29, 2016             

Judges:   Keedie Leonard,Carolyn Arney and Stephen Bickers

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Maria Bishop Shannon and Gr. Hunter Champion Tollymore Rd

Schooling Hunter Ch:   Willett, Marianna Wade & Claiborne Bishop (Marianna Wade)

                  Res:  King of Rock, Bridget Harrison

Green Hunter Ch:   Tollymore Rd, Maria Shannon

                  Res:   Archer, The Barracks (Maria Shannon)

Working Hunter Ch:  Local Color, Jenn Daly

                  Res:   Brooklyn, Stephanie Guerlain

Adult Hunter Ch:   Diodoro, The Barracks (Kathryn Saunders)

                  Res:   Grand Cru, The Barracks (Evanne Lindley)

Children's Hunter Ch:   Legend, The Barracks (Grace Ayyildiz)

                  Res:   Revelana, Brad Booker (Emmaline Booker)

Hunter Pleasure Horse Ch:   From A Distance, Wakefield Farm (Rachel Murray)

                  Res:   Slew of Lucky Stars, Jenn Daly (Daniela Lee)

Hunter Pleasure Pony Ch:   Rock Hill, Tillie Hall

                  Res:   Stuart Little, Paula McConnell, (Josie Galvin)

Pre Short Stirrup Equitation Ch:   Meghan Murray

                  Res:   Henry Lesko

Short Stirrup Hunter Ch:   The Crowne Prince, Charlotte Bassett

                  Res:   Acceptor, Millington Stables (Maggie Kittrell)

Young Entry Hunter Ch:   Semper Fidelis, Alex Levin (Hayden Malone)

                  Res:   Crystal Clear, Zach Parks (Grace Blum)

Pony Hunter Ch:   Coming Up Gold, The Barracks (Grace Ayyildiz)

                  Res: Langhorne, The Barracks (Wyatt Morris)

Grand Hunter Champion:   Local Color, Jenn Daly

Leading Junior Rider:   Grace Ayyildiz


                  Schooling Hunters: 1.   Quick Step, Ellie Dupuis (Zach Parks); 2. PL Diamond Lace, Carly Mayer; 3. King of Rock; 4. Cash N Carry, Rachael Campbell; 5. Willett; 6. Wendall, Jenn Daly (Sarah Moran.

                  Schooling Hunters:   1. Willett; 2. Lumineer, Grace Blum; 3. King of Rock; 4. PL Diamond Lace; 5. Quick Step; 6. Wendall.

                  Schooling Hunters under saddle: 1. Willett; 2. King of Rock; 3. Lumineer; 4. Quick Step; 5. Anchor Man, Ashleigh Cochran (Kate Brandenburg); 6. Final Four, Brad Booker (Michelle Mahoney).

                  Green Hunters:   1. Tollymore Rd; 2. Archer; 3. Final Four; 4. Staccato, Equinox Farm (Becky Reid); 5. Brigadier, Abby Meredith (Maria Shannon).

                  Green Hunters:   1. Tollymore Rd; 2. Final Four; 3. Staccato; 4. Brigadier; 5. Archer.

                  Green Hunters under saddle:   1. Archer; 2. Final Four; 3. Brigadier; 4. Tollymore Rd; 5. Staccato.

                  Working Hunters:   1. Local Color; 2. Brooklyn; 3. Archer; 4. Dunedin, The Barracks (Maria Shannon); 5. Quasar; 6. Santino, Jamie Barkhan (Maria Shannon).

                  Working Hunters:   1. Local Color; 2. Brooklyn; 3. Duck, David & Ginger Ashcom (Arrie Sekreve); 4. Santino; 5. Archer; 6. Dunedin.

                  Working Hunters under saddle:   1. Dunedin; 2. Local Color; 3. Brooklyn; 4. Duck; 5. Santino.
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Stephanie Guerlain, photo courtesy Lynne Allen

                  Rudeen Adult Equitation:   1. Stephanie Guerlain; 2. Arrie Sekreve; 3. Evanne Lindley.

                  Leadline:   1. Virginia Lesko; 1. Ella Grace Mann (Photo courtesy Lynne Allen)
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                  Adult Hunter:   1. Diodoro; 2. Grand Cru; 3. Vancouver, The Barracks (James McKinley); 4. Covert Affair, The Barracks (Victora LaCivita); 5. Sircusa, The Barracks (Riley Casey); 6. Brigadier.

                  Adult Hunter:   1. Covert Affair; 2. Diodoro; 3. Grand Cru; 4. Sircusa; 5. Santino; 6. Vancouver.

                  Adult Hunter under saddle:   1. Diodoro; 2. Grand Cru; 3. Brigadier; 4. Covert Affair; 5. Another Man, The Barracks (Kathryn Bernard); 6. Victoria's Secret, The Barracks (James McKinley).

                  VHSA Associate Children's Equitation:   1. Grace Ayyildiz; 2. Sarah Howard; 3. Katie Define; 4. Emily Sears.

                  Children's Hunter:   1. Legend; 2. Revelana; 3. Prize, Jenn Daly (Katie Define); 4. Craigs-etariat, Rebecca Smith (Sarah Howard); 5. Lumineer; 6. Scooby Doo, The Barracks (Abby McCarthy).

                  Children's Hunter:   1. Legend; 2. Quick Step; 3. Prize; 4. Revelana; 5. Scooby Doo; 6. Craigs-etariat.

                  Children's Hunter under saddle:   1. Quick Step; 2. Scooby Doo; 3. Lumineer; 4. Legend; 5. Revelana; 6. Craigs-etariat.

                  Hunter Pleasure Horse Walk/Trot:   1. From A Distance; 2. Slew of Lucky Stars; 3. Berry, Glenmore Farm (Kendall Powell); 4. Time Well Wasted, Abby MacBride; 5. Avalon, Wakefield Farm (Alyssa Connor); 6. C'mon Carmen, Stephanie Guerlain.

                  Hunter Pleasure Horse Go As You Please:   1. Slew of Lucky Stars; 2. Time Well Wasted; 3. From A Distance; 4. Berry; 5. Fortunate Rooster, Dale Dealtrey; 6. Acceptor.

                  Hunter Pleasure Horse:   1. From A Distance; 2. Slew of Lucky Stars; 3. Berry; 4. Time Well Wasted; 5. Fortunate Rooster; 6. Avalon.

                  Hunter Pleasure Pony Walk/Trot:   1. Rock Hill; 2. Blue Paris; Wakefield Farm (Meghan Murray); 3. Tiny Dancer, Wakefield Farm (Delaney Jones); 4. Diamond Jubilee, Henry Lesko; 5. Clever Endeavor, The Barracks (Cheyenne Parks); 6. Stuart Little.

                  Hunter Pleasure Pony Go As You Please;   1. Rock Hill; 2. Stuart Little; 3. Blue Paris; 4. Diamond Jubilee; 5. Clever Endeavor; 6. Tiny Dancer.

                  Hunter Pleasure Pony:   1. Stuart Little; 2. Rock Hill; 3. Clever Endeavor.

                  Pre Short Stirrup Walk:   1. Henry Lesko; 2. Maghan Murray; 3. Porter Wade; 4. Delaney Jones; 5. Ella Grace Wade.

                  Pre Short Stirrup Walk/Trot:   1. Meghan Murray; 2. Henry Lesko; 3. Delaney Jones; 4. Ella Grace Wade; 5. Porter Wade.

                  Pre Short Stirrup Obstacles:   1. Meghan Murray; 2. Henry Lesko; 3. Delaney Jones; 4. Porter Wade; 5. Ella Grace Wade.

                  Short Stirrup Hunter under saddle:   1. The Crowne Prince; 2. Acceptor; 3. Helen, Millington Stable (Dylan Schultheis); 4. Heza Nimble, Jenn Daly (Kate Argo); 5. Barley Malt, Lynne Gebhard (Annabelle Aron).

                  Short Stirrup Hunter:   1. The Crowne Prince; 2. Helen; 3. Barley Malt; 4. Acceptor.

                  Short Stirrup Hunter:   1. Acceptor; 2. Helen; 3. The Crowne Prince; 4. Barley Malt; 5. Heza Nimble.

                  Young Entry Hunter:   1. Heza Nimble (Lainey Butler); 2. Semper Fidelis; 3. Crystal Clear; 4. Helen; 5. Breezeway Moonflower, Jenny Furlow (Isabella Karr); 6. Spy Kid, Ellie Dupuis (Allison Duggar).

                  Young Entry Hunter:   1. Semper Fidelis; 2. Crystal Clear; 3. Spy Kid; 4. Bombarda, Grace Blum; 5. Belladonna Lily, Amy Lamb (Emily Sears); 6. Heza Nimble.

                  Young Entry Hunter under saddle:   1. Bombarda; 2. Wonderstruck, Brad Booker (Caroline Booker); 3. Point 'N' Shoot, Lily Lynch; 4. Crystal Clear; 5. Heza Nimble; 6. Helen.

                  Pony Hunter:   1. Coming Up Gold; 2. Oakfields Peridot, Susan McConnell (Isabella Karr); 3. Crystal Clear; 4. Langhorne; 5. Point 'N' Shoot.

                  Pony Hunter:   1. Langhorne; 2. Coming Up Gold; 3. Crystal Clear; 4. Oakfields Peridot.

                  Pony Hunter under saddle:   1. Oakfields Peridot; 2. Langhorne; 3. Coming Up Gold.

                  Low Jumper:   1. Road Star, Crystal Minor; 2. Winter Rose, Wakefield Farm (Bethany Wood); 3. Buddhaful, Baily Hale Dent; 4. Gaming Fool, Bethany Kilby; 5. Cisco, Rory McClendon; 6. Medal of Honor, Lynne Gebhard (Summer Smith).

                  Costume Class:   1. Camden, Stephanie Guerlain; 2. Winter Rose; 3. Hans, Alex Indeglia;   4. Buddhaful; 5. Fortunate Rooster (Elizabeth Uffelman); 6. Farnley's Great Expectation, Caroline Blum.

                  Schooling Jumper:   1. Faline, Wakefield Farm (Bethany Wood); 2. Cisco; 3. Just Mine, Alice Muller; 4. Tully McVai, Robin Ellis.

                  Modified Jumper:   1. Hans; 2. Barco Van't Hogindic, The Barracks (Vivian Zellerstrom); 3. Just Mine.

                  Open Jumper:   1. Hans; 2. Barco Van't Hogindic.


Full event report from show manager, Mary Harp

2016 FHC Fall Horse Show at the Barracks 10/29:

We had another successful year for the Fall Horse Show. We have been organizing this event for several months now, coming up with new ideas of how to shorten the day inside so we can break down and rebuild for the jumpers at night. I heard nothing but great things from the exhibitors whom rode outside, which shortened our day by an hour and a half.

There are several volunteers that need to be recognized for their time and efforts, Isabella and Kristina Karr, Stephen Bickers, Drew Perkins and Robin Lundgren for all painting before the show.Also Beth Sutton who graciously always steps in and puts the prize list together.

The day of the show, Ann Horner, Gerry Anderson, Deborah Wray, John Elliott, B.J. Korol and Robin Ellis for being such a superb jump crew! Joy Crompton and CeeCee Williamson for making sure we never had a empty ring. Anne Grachus, Lynne Allen and Pricilla Friedman for handling the trophies and ribbons. Evie Cowles jumping in and announcing when we really needed you, so Stephen could go judge outside and then return to announcing. Drew Perkins for being the all-time fabulous secretary! And Becky Barlow for making sure the parking situation didn’t result in having cars towed off.And of course Robin Lundgren who devotes countless hours to painting, getting volunteers and running the horse show!

And then there was the party crew: Liz King and Cathy Robb put together once again a fantastic party, with several helpers, I saw Paul King and Kevin Fletcher on bar duty and Sandy Kendall at the front door. I’m sure I’ve missed some people and I do apologize!!

As for my judges, Keedie Leonard, has donated so much of her time to several horse shows now for the FHC and decided that she again wanted to donate her time to the hunt club in honor of Mrs. Easter, Kim Morton and Muffin Barnes. She has been a more than generous as a member to the hunt club. Carolyn Arny stepped in at the last minute to judge the jumper portion of the hunt club and did a fabulous job! Stephen Bickers for judging the outside ring and then coming back to announce the rest of the day.
As for the special Awards:

Page Lewis Jennings Perpetual Trophy: Grand Champion Hunter Horse: Jenn Daly riding Local Color

Hazel B. Paine Perpetual Trophy: High point Junior rider : Grace Ayyildiz riding Legend

Kim Morton Award: Was presented to: Adon Solis

And of course we couldn’t have done any of this without the generous donation of the Barracks facility,

Thank you, Tom and Claiborne Bishop.

Mary Harp

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