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, Fall 2018
After a summer full of enjoyable equine and social activities, the hunting faithful, who have been anxiously awaiting the Labor Day Opening Meet, many riders turned out in full force on September 3rd at Millington Stables. It was great to see all of those smiling faces and exuberant horses, ready for the upcoming season. The annual cook out that night at the club provided a festive start to the 2018-2019 social season, thanks to our chefs Bishop and Butterfield with help from their younger family members John Shannon and Alex Butterfield.
Once again, this September we were fortunate to have escaped the full force of Mother Nature, as Hurricane "Florence" mercifully veered away. Unfortunately, our friends to the South were not as lucky, and we pray, for their successful recovery.
There are many important upcoming FHC events that members hopefully will consider. Our annual Hound Dinner and Auction is happening on Saturday, October 20th at the club house. This is a wonderful party and one of our largest fundraisers of the year. It’s a great opportunity to invite your friends to enjoy the camaraderie and spirit of FHC. The following Saturday, October 27, is the ever-popular Fall Horse Show, Jumper Night and cocktail/dinner party at the Barracks. The following day, October 28, Chapel Springs Farm is organizing a Horse Trial that offers a great riding experience for every level of competition at their beautiful farm. Please support this worthwhile community equestrian event. One week later, on Sunday, November 4th, FHC is hosting its Fall Fun Hunter Pace at the Durbin Farm. This is a very popular event that offers the opportunity to ride across some of the nicest territory in all of Virginia. Saturday, November 10th, is the official Opening Meet for Farmington Hunt Club, which is a special occasion for riders and spectators alike. Throughout the next two months, there are also numerous prestigious Field Hunter competitions and championships that Farmington members will be participating in. This is prime time in Virginia, and Farmington Hunt Club members have a ring side seat for all of it. Please come out and enjoy the fun.
Check events calendar for up to date scheduling, and see news for all event reports, results and photos.
Mark Thompson, President