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.
With temperatures consistently above 90 degrees every day, we are reminded how fierce Virginia summers can be. It is hard to believe that in just six weeks, Labor Day will be here and cubbing season will begin.
Hopefully everyone is beginning to get their horses and themselves fit for the long season ahead. Fortunately, the Horse Activities Committee is in overdrive, providing numerous opportunities for every type of horse and rider. The Walk and Talk trail rides are well underway, and typically go out every Tuesday and Sunday. They are also a great way to introduce prospective members to the group and to our wonderful hunt country. Individual events in July include a Summer Fun Show at Millington and the well organized Jumper Show at Schelford Farm. August is also very busy, with a brand new Hunter Pace at the Miller School on the 13th. The popular Fox Hunting Clinic is on August 20-21, and is perfect for both riders who are interested in trying fox hunting for the first time, and current hunters who want to improve their riding skills, move up a flight or get their horses acclimated to hunting conditions. Also, don’t forget the FHC/KHC Joint Trail Ride on the 27th, in Keswick country this year. The FHC Sporting Clay Shoot has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 11, at the Sanford’s beautiful Ingleridge Farm. It is open to shooters of all ages, and spectators are welcome.
There is much good news to report as we look forward to horse and social activities. Thanks for your support.
Mark Thompson, President