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.
FHC President's letter, November 2018
The month of October was a virtual blur, giving real meaning to the phrase, “Time flies when you are having fun.” We are blessed to live in this area of Virginia that offers us so many enjoyable opportunities. Just keeping up with all of the horse, hound and social activities at Farmington Hunt alone, can be a full-time job.
Fortunately, the weather has cooperated a bit more this month, resulting in improved hunting conditions and a number of very good days. Farmington hosted Virginia Hunt Week at Mint Meadows and the large field of members and guests were treated to great hound work throughout the day, and exceptional FHC hospitality afterwards. Likewise, we had an exciting joint meet recently with our friends from Bull Run, at the expanded Beaulieu fixture. Many thanks to the landowners for their gracious hospitality at these two special venues.
The final two events on the 2018 FHC Horse Activity calendar were also big successes. Our annual Fall Horse Show at the Barracks enjoyed good participation throughout the Hunter Divisions, and an enthusiastic crowd cheered on the Jumpers at the party later that evening. Special thanks to our hosts, the Barracks and many volunteers, so essential for these types of events. A perfect Fall day greeted nearly 110 riders at the FHC Fall Hunter Pace November 4th. It was encouraging to see so many junior and out of town participants. Everyone gave both the course and the hospitality high marks. Many thanks to the hosts and the surrounding land owners, organizers and the many generous folks who volunteered their valuable time and resources.
As we approach the conclusion of 2018, there are still a number of activities scheduled before the end of the year. The FHC formal Opening Meet is on November 10th at Millington Stables, and the annual Thanksgiving Day Hunt and Blessing of the Hounds will be held at Mint Meadows. Both of these events are spectator friendly and represent good opportunities to bring friends and family out to witness the spirit, tradition and enjoyment of our great sport. In addition, the Masters have arranged away joint meets at Blue Ridge 11/17 and Keswick Hunt 12/1.
Check events calendar for up to date scheduling, and see news for all event reports, results and photos.
Mark Thompson, President