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.
Our Huntsman Matthew Cook and the hunt staff have begun exercising hounds on horseback for weeks now, the pack is looking good and we had a great start on Labor Day, Monday September 4th.
The time may have flown by, but the activity level at FHC this summer has been non-stop. As usual, the Horse Event group has been leading the charge. In the last six weeks, we have had jumper shows at Schelford and Millington, plus a separate hunter/fun show also at Millington. In addition, our summer hunter pace at the Miller School was a big success, with ninety riders completing the beautiful course. In August FHC hosted its annual Fox Hunters Clinic, which is always a good opportunity for riders and horses to sharpen their skills and boost their confidence levels. Hopefully all of the participants will be joining us in the hunt field this year. We still have two of our most popular organized equestrian events happening in the coming months...the Fall Horse Show at the Barracks (10/28) and the Fall Hunter Pace (11/5). The hunt club benefits from the financial and volunteer support generated by all of these important events, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the landowners, organizers, volunteers and participants, who make it all possible.
FHC is very fortunate to have Trina Player and Stephanie Buss as the new co-chairs of the Social Committee. These two ladies are very enthusiastic and have done a wonderful job of scheduling unique fun events for the membership to enjoy. FHC members always join in, stepping up and using their talents for the benefit of the club. Check the “Who’s Who” list to see new faces in leadership: Chris Middleton is new Chair of Buildings and Grounds relieving the Chapmans who have served in the role for many years, Jeb Cuthbert takes over from Martha Drum as membership chair, working with Robin Ellis and Shawnee Baker.
The next few months are loaded with enjoyable hunt club activities, and it’s the perfect time to expose any prospective members to the variety of sporting and social opportunities available at FHC.
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