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.
Hunting season has begun! The fields have been large and it has been encouraging to see many new faces at the meets and social events. A number of the new riders were in our Fox Hunting Clinic, Hunter Paces and FHC horse events. Some of them have become new members and we are hopeful that many will follow.
How do people hear about Farmington Hunt and what attracts them to the club? We are fortunate that FHC enjoys an excellent reputation, both locally and nationally. We are known as a well-organized welcoming hunt that has beautiful country, good hunting, enjoyable social events and a talented membership that is enthusiastic and diverse. There are many reasons why the awareness level of FHC is at an all-time high. In part because of technology. We are recognized as having the very best hunt club website in the country and our social media output is both positive and professional. Equally important are the many articles, stories and informational pieces featuring FHC that have appeared in national and regional publications.
On the hunting side, Farmington has been participating in many of the major hound shows and performance trials during the past few years. After many years of being absent from them, Matthew and the Masters have embraced these events as a way to show support for the sport and also improve our own pack. I applaud their decision. It does require a lot of additional work, but the results are really improving and it is a source of pride for the whole club.
Farmington has also recently increased its participation in the major Hunt Night competitions at such shows as Harrisburg and Warrenton. The results have been great, with top ribbons in many divisions and a number of overall show championships for the club. Likewise, FHC is always well represented at the important Virginia Field Hunter Championships, competing against some of the nicest horses and ponies in the country. Look for this event on November 5, this year taking place at Tivoli Farm in Somerst VA.
The overall point is people, who learn about Farmington from many different sources. As our membership grows, so does the overall strength of our club. If we keep trying to improve every aspect of the club, good things will surely follow.Read about and see photos of these recent events: Opening Meet-10/14, Harrisburg Hunt Night-10/16, with more to come: FHC Fall Horse Show-10/28, Fall Hunter Pace-11/5 as well as the Field Hunter championships that same day. Our Annual Hound Dinner is scheduled for November 11th. We will be having a joint meet in our territory with Keswick that day, and are anticipating that a number of KHC members will be attending the festivities that evening. This is a wonderful party and it will be our largest fundraiser of the year, so please plan to attend. Ann Horner, Evie Cowles, Helen Hilliard and Shelly Thompson are organizing.
Looking forward to a great season with you all.
As we look forward to fall horse and social activities, we wish you the best for 2017!
Mark Thompson, President