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.
FHC President's letter, September 2018
With only a few weeks left until hunting season begins on Labor Day, the entire hunt club is buzzing with activity. Matthew has begun taking the hounds out for mounted staff days, and the pack seems to be working well together. Introducing the younger hounds into the mix happens gradually, giving them the best chance to learn their jobs successfully. Trail clearing is in full swing, especially with all of the storms that we have encountered recently. Maintaining the territory and good landowner relations are critical to the success and survival of any hunt club. While our dedicated staff and Masters do the bulk of this important work, please remember that we are all ambassadors of the Farmington Hunt Club. We are grateful to each landowner, we go out of your way to thank them for their generous hospitality. It really makes a difference.
Despite the unseasonably wet weather conditions, the recent FHC horse activities have mainly enjoyed great success. The Poker Run, held at the ever-popular Barracks Farm had nearly 100 riders, and the De-spooking Clinic at Toad Hollow had very enthusiastic participation. Many thanks to the generous venue owners, organizers and volunteers that make it all happen, with a special shout out to Ann Sutherland and Ray Keller, owners of Toad Hollow Farm, for their construction prowess. Detailed event reports can be found on the website, www.farmingtonhunt.org.
Upcoming events include the Foxhunting Clinic, End of Summer Trail Ride with Keswick and especially the FHC Fall Horse Show/Jumper Night and Gala Party, held at the Barracks on October 28th.
Trina Player and her Social Committee have been busy this summer hosting lots of fun activities, including golf and polo related parties. Members will attend the Labor Day Picnic and Cookout at the club house. Come help us kick off the hunt season in proper form, at this enjoyable, casual family event.
Lots of other local, regional and national hunt related activities are scheduled in the coming months. There is something for everyone.
Check events calendar for up to date scheduling, and see news for all event reports, results and photos.
Mark Thompson, President