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.
While there are plenty of activities to keep our membership entertained throughout the year at Farmington Hunt Club, the Fall season is far and away the busiest time. Due to the jam-packed schedule, our Opening Meet was actually held on October 14th, nearly a month earlier than usual. It was a fun day and very exciting to see all of the well turned out horses and riders. Photographer Cathy Summers has been at a number of our meets this year taking pictures. Her photos are great…please consider purchasing a few as a remembrance of those special hunts.
The Horse Activity Committee hosted the final two events of the calendar year recently,(see recent news). Once again, the October 28th Fall Horse Show and Jumper Night at the Barracks was well attended by exhibitors and spectators alike. The costume classes were especially entertaining, as the participants become more creative each year. Many thanks to the Bishops at The Barracks for their continued hospitality, and thanks to event chairpersons Mary Harp and Robin Lundgren, and Jumper night party chair Liz King. Show secretaries Stephen Bickers and Drew Perkins received "Top Ten Hunter Show" recognition by the VHSA again this year for their fine organizational work. November brought the FHC Fall Hunter Pace over a great new course designed by Huntsman, Matthew Cook. The new course layout received high praise from the participants and offered something for every level of rider. Thanks to Kip Holloway, BJ Korol and Carolyn Chapman for organizing, and also Jenn Daly and our other generous land owners for allowing us to ride through.
The next day FHC competed in the State Field Hunter Championships, and on November 11th FHC hosted our friends from the Keswick Hunt at a joint meet held at Millington Stables.In the evening, our annual Hound Dinner and Auction was held at the club house. The 110 guests were a wonderful mix of old and new friends of the hunt club, This was truly a group effort, where the talents of the FHC membership were on full display. We begin our winter months with anticipation of good weather,excellent sport, and more social events to come.
We look forward to a great year in 2018.
Mark Thompson, President