Scottland Farm Jan. 14th, 2016

On Thursday, January 14, we hunted from Scottland Farm outside of Scottsville. After a long trek across the vast expanse of open land, we found a fox behind the main house at Liberty Corner Farm. Luckily the fox did not take off for the bird fields where a bird dog training session was taking place…he had been forewarned by the intermittent shotgun blasts. This fox headed for Lone Oak Farm, which we have obtained permission to hunt. The field was treated to a nice gallop, but the scenting was iffy and the pack came to a loss in the Lone Oak fields. Matthew returned to Liberty Corner and began to draw back towards Scottland Farm. Tired of the brisk winds that increase in velocity across that open fixture I began to hack back with Martha Drum and her student whose horse had cut its frog; fortunately it was not lame. We started talking about the history of Scottland and Martha stated it would be a good topic for the blog and newsletter.

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A Tribute to Carol Dec. 19, 2015

Our hunt on December 19th from Springhaven Farm was a wonderful tribute to Carol Easter. It was a brisk sunny morning with a strong breeze out of the northwest…there was not a lot of shelter on that hilltop! Hounds moved off at 10:30 with a large group of non-riders spectating from the impressive tent erected by Virginia Tent Rentals. Because of encroaching development, Farmington had not hunted this fixture for a number of years. We knew that there were foxes around Springhaven, but no one was sure what might transpire.

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Thanksgiving Hunt Nov. 24th 2015

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As I turned into the gate at Mint Meadows I felt like I was about to attend the Blessing of the Hounds at Grace Church. It was 25 minutes until 10 and I thought that I had plenty of time. As it turned out I was in a traffic jam!

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Beth Sutton
great photo!
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 12:12 PM
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Carol Osborne Easter

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.

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Beth Sutton
A wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 3:03 AM
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Virginia Hunt Week - Mint Meadows October 27th 2015

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Chalk one up for Mother Nature. Fortunately she wasn’t too hard on the participants of Virginia Hunt Week. A field of approximately fifty hardy souls set out on time for the first draw at Mint Meadows. It didn’t take long for the pack to speak and within minutes they were in hot pursuit, perhaps of an undesirable quarry, Mr. Wiley Coyote. Although he was not viewed, he quickly vamoosed out of the country. At Liberty Hall, Matthew reconstituted the pack and proceeded to draw back towards Mint Meadows through the Schelford bottom. The rain was steady, but it was not miserably cold and the hills of the Schelford kept horses and riders warm as they were constantly on the move.  

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Beth Sutton
whose photos? Nice group under the tent!
Monday, 23 November 2015 3:03 PM
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The Fiery Farm, October 20th 2015

A fairly large field gathered at the entrance to the Fiery Farm off of Estes Ridge Road. It was a beautiful morning with frost still on the ground in the shaded areas. Mathew decided to draw the fixture in a different manner planning to end up in the newly acquired land that is called the Upper Pasture. Hounds were roaded down the farm lane to the bottom, and they were cast after crossing the creek into Sullivan’s pastures. The huntsman had decided to draw the creek beds and proceed behind the Sullivan home place towards the back gate at Fiery’s. I was headed towards Schreck’s. The cows in the backfields of Fiery’s were feeling the effects of the “cool” autumn night and were cavorting around the pasture. Ollie, my horse, does not care for cows and was keeping a wary eye on them.

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