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 Report,Spring 2018
In years past, the spring and summer were considered the slow season at FHC. There weren’t many club sponsored equestrian activities and the social calendar became very light. That is certainly not the case today. Only a few hours after the closing meet, a large group of enthusiastic members met at the clubhouse for the annual Spillwine Party. Everyone especially enjoyed the clever poems and stories recited by members who had experienced an unplanned dismount during the season. The following weekend, the Oak Ridge Hounds held their Hunt Ball, and Farmington was well represented at the gala. The alternating year system with Oak Ridge has been very successful for both clubs, and FHC will be hosting next year at the Boars Head Inn. Upcoming events include our monthly Meet and Mingles, the FHC Puppy Show on Saturday, May 19th and the venerable Virginia Hound Show at Morven Park, May 26th – 27th. Farmington will be taking hounds to the show and everyone is invited to Leesburg to cheer them on.
The Horse Activity Committee has a wide variety of enjoyable events planned this summer, with something for every type of horse and rider. With two successful competitions , the Combined Test and the popular Hunter Trials at Fox Ridge, already completed, the season is off to a great start. Next up is the Jumper Show at Durbin’s on April 29th, followed by the FHC Horse Show at Brookhill Farm on June 2nd, the Hunter Pace at Mint Meadows on June 9th and the Evening Gymkhana at Millington on June 15th. With many more events scheduled throughout the summer, please check the website calendar for complete details. The popular Walk & Talk Series will begin soon. Most weeks include two trail rides through our beautiful hunt country, and these are a great way to introduce potential members to the FHC family.
The Farmington Hunt Club Annual Business Meeting was held on April 18th before a large and supportive group of members. They listened as the officers and committee chairpeople reported the accomplishments of the past year and announced exciting plans for the future. The mood was interactive and there were many productive discussions throughout the evening. Three new Board members were voted in to begin their terms….Kim Gall Middleton, Locke Ogens and Trina Player. We welcome these very talented ladies and look forward to working with them.
Please take advantage of all of the activities and opportunities that Farmington has to offer. It should be a great summer.
Mark Thompson, President