The Farmington Hunt kennels and clubhouse are located in northwestern Albemarle County near Free Union. Our territory encompasses not only the rolling hills and fields at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we have followed hounds since 1929, but also 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.
The property that our kennels and clubhouse sit on has now been placed in conservation easement with the PRCA of Albemarle County. This will protect us in perpetuity and the write down in value will be converted into tax credits. The Board plans to sell these credits to develop a capital account for the club going forward. We will maintain the property as is and be able to protect this lovely foothills land. As we adjoin several other properties in easement this completes the protection of this slope of the mountain. FHC members have been leaders in land conservation and it is fitting that the club join in. We encourage many of you who still have unprotected properties to strongly consider conservation easements.
Treasurer Thoma Johnson reports that with our special events income from the hound dinner and our greatly increasing new members, we are in the most stable financial condition in recent memory. Thanks to all of you for all you do for Farmington Hunt.
Our Christmas party will be history by the time you read this but enter into the spirit of the season and thank our landowners in particular for allowing us to hunt this good land. If you have not made your contributions to the staff Christmas gift, it is not too late. Send your check to Pat Butterfield and do not forget the MFHA Foundation in your year-end giving.
We're delighted about the recent upsurge in membership that is directly due to the great sport, our land and our welcoming members- keep it going.
Merry Christmas and Season Greetings
The annual Board of Governors’ Christmas party is set for December 14th at the club house. Bonnie Hanks and Jennifer Cofield are planning a festive evening so make your plans. We will welcome our landowners to join us. See you there.