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.
Reflecting on the past six weeks and looking forward into next month, we are again reminded why FHC
is such a special club. Our membership is talented, supportive and diverse, while our activities are
enjoyable and offer something for everyone. Fall is normally a very busy time, and this year is no
exception. The fully subscribed FHC Sporting Clay Shoot, hosted by Jack and Missy Sanford was a great
success. Many non riding members and guests got a chance to participate in this fun club event. In early
October, Farmington hosted one of the qualifying hunts for the Junior Field Hunter Championship at Fox
Ridge Farm and we thank the Bassetts for their hospitality. A number of FHC Juniors have qualified for
the finals to be held in Kentucky, and we wish them luck.
This month was a very special and uplifting time for our club, for many reasons. Perfect weather
greeted visiting Deep Run Hunt members who came for our joint meet at Hidden Fox, the that same
evening 130 members and guests gathered at the clubhouse for the annual Hound Dinner and Art Auction-Sale.
Ann Horner and Evie Cowles did a fantastic job of organizing this successful event, and we greatly
appreciate the talented artists who were so generous in helping to support our hounds. The following
evening, nearly 400 people gathered at Millington, celebrating the wonderful life of everyone’s good
friend, Muffin Barnes. It was inspiring to see what a positive impact that Muffin had on so many people
throughout the years, and likewise, the fantastic support network that lovingly rallied around her
during the last year. We should all be so lucky to have that many close friends. Muffin would have been
especially proud of the great group of Farmington riders, who traveled to the Pennsylvania National
Horse Show in Harrisburg on Monday October 17th and dominated Hunt Night, winning many individual ribbons
and securing the overall Hunt Team Championship for FHC. Congratulations to all.
There are many upcoming events for our members and guests to enjoy. The Fall Horse Show is at theBarracks on October 29. The FHC Fall Hunter Pace is on Sunday, November 6, followed that afternoon by the prestigious Virginia Field Hunter Championship, both at the Kennels.
Our Opening Meet is scheduled for November 12, at Millington and there is the traditional party that evening at the clubhouse
to celebrate the beginning of the regular hunting season.This a great time of the year to enjoy the activities and camaraderie of the club. Please join us.
There is much good news to report as we look forward to horse and social activities. Thanks for your support.
Mark Thompson, President