Farmington Hosts Annual Clinic for Foxhunters
report by Joy Crompton, MFH
August 19th and 20th Millington Stables Free Union, VA
Fox Hunting Clinic
14 participated in the Fox Hunting Clinic in August instructed by Joy Crompton and Liz King, Joint MFH. Saturday ‘s morning session took place at Millington ‘s Upper Ring where participant learned to ride safely as a group and practiced control exercises. Several worked over jumps and all had an opportunity to open and shut a gate.
The afternoon session took place across country. Riders learned control in the open field, crossed the river and followed over jumps. Kip Holloway assisted with the clinic and led the “2nd Flight” folks for the Saturday afternoon session along with Sunday’s hunt. Members Stephanie and her daughter Hanna Buss along with Cheryl and Bud Riddle, as well as, James McKinley participated.
The Clinic Hunt on Sunday was fun and exciting as a fox had hounds chasing in Full Cry! Participants were shuttled, thanks to Jeff Bodine, to the Club House where they enjoyed a Hunt Breakfast and a talk about appropriate clothes, thanks to Shawnee Baker, and horn interpretations from Huntsman, Matthew Cook.
Membership Chair, Jebb Cuthbert, made sure all had membership information. Additionally, all participants received a “Cap” to hunt with Farmington.