Carol Osborne Easter was one of the kindest and most gracious people that I have ever known. She loved her horses, her dogs, but most of all she loved her family. Carol never missed an opportunity to be with her children and she never was absent from a grandparents’ day or an awards presentation. She loved foxhunting, but her family came first. When Carol and Peter’s children were young it was difficult for her to get out hunting. When she did come out she usually rode with Carter McNeely, Sally Garland, and Agnes Clark. We always referred to them as the” Gray Ladies,” because they all rode gray horses…not because they were nurses. Carol had a wonderful gray mare named Canadian Smog. The mare showed, hunted the best, and was also a very competitive 100-mile trail horse. She and “Smoggy” won the endurance trail ride several times. After retirement Canadian Smog had a number of foals that Carol hunted, most notably “Wilber.”
Carol and I worked together for over 30 years. In the 1980’s we both whipped-in to Jack Eicher, and in 1995 Jill Summers invited us to serve with her as joint-MFHs. While Carol was Master she served as the Virginia District Director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. During her term Carol ably handled a number of “sticky” situations. Her tactfulness and ability to listen to others made her a successful negotiator, and amicable resolutions were achieved in the District as well as here at home.
The last few years were difficult ones for Carol. She had a number of lower back surgeries, but they did not prevent her from getting on her horse. She hunted whenever she was able. Not what the doctor ordered. She also, would take her therapy dog down to Martha Jefferson to visit with the patients; she always thought of others. When I would ask her how she was feeling she would reply, “I’m doin’ OK.” No complaints from Carol. I do not think that in the 20 years that we worked together as Masters a cross word was ever spoken between us. We had a partnership, which I truly miss. It was a privilege to work with Carol Easter and be her friend.
Carol will be honored on December 19th, when FHC will hunt from Springhaven, the Easter’s farm. A memorial service and reception will follow. The Masters hope that it will be possible for you to attend.