Hunt Ball and Benefit Auction 2017!
event report by Beth Sutton, Photos by Liz King and J. Bodine
to see more of Liz King Photos, click here!

Farmington Hunt Club and Oak Ridge Hunt celebrate Gala Evening at the Boar's Head Inn

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This year was Farmington's turn to host the FHC-ORH joint Hunt Ball. After many years of having the Farmington Hunt Ball at Farmington Country Club, the organizing committee with veteran chair Carolyn Chapman, together with benefit auction committee organizers Ann Horner and Evelyn Cowles decided to try a new venue this time, with fabulous results. A fun group of nearly two hundred members from both clubs and guests enjoyed cocktails in the lobby outside the Pavilion Ballroom while looking over dozens of tempting silent auction items spread out over an expanse of display tables, easels held art work donated by FHC artists and others, fine glass, crystal, art and handwork, home accessories, fine whiskey, assorted stock ties and pins, not to mention a rack of vintage formal riding apparel were among many items of goods and services available for bidding. Many auction items were available for review and online bid before the evening began. Its fair to say, no one went home without something to treasure! A few lucky winners took home generous offerings donated for the live auction that produced some lively bidding and wonderful results to benefit the Farmington hounds. Among the live auction items offered were a trip to Saratoga with the Butterfields, a private hunt for 20 guests with Matthew Cook, staff and the FHC hounds; a beautifully framed hand colored FHC territory map donated by Agnes Clark's family,and a stay in the Montana log home of Reynolds and Evie Cowles. Thanks go out to the many people who came out to support the hunt clubs and all the volunteers who helped put the evening together, and the many generous donors who offered special services and wonderful items to sell.The ballroom came alive with gorgeous table decorations by floral design "Tourterelle"-FHC member and landowner, Lucia Evans-Morse. Liz King as always picked the perfect entertainment, the music by "10 Spot" was wonderful.It was a fabulous, fun evening for everyone.
(note: we did our best to identify as many faces as possible, please let us know who we missed! apologies in advance.)

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Cocktails in the lobby area made for a festive start for the evening. seen here: Lara Morris, Peter Holloway,Paul King, Joy Crompton, Jenn Daly
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Pat Butterfield, FHC MFH with Karen Bull, Paul King and Mac Dent
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John Elliot, Shawnee Baker, Jenn Daly, Jeb Cuthbert, Jeffrey Bodine
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Sandra Dawson, member of Deep Run & Oak Ridge, with Sally Tunner , FHC member and landowner-Stave Mill
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The Chhuys with Priscilla Friedberg and Karen Bull
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FHC Board members Tiffany Snell and Deborah Wray, Hon. Whipper-In
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Chris and Clare Lewis, Mac Thompson, Ball chair Carolyn Chapman, Peter and Kip Holloway, Kate and Thoma Johnson, Nan and Hal Young, Elsie Thompson and Ken Chapman
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Reynolds Cowles,Kim Middleton and guests with Chris Middleton and Shelly and Mark Thompson
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Ann Horner, Auction organizer extraordinaire, had a full table with auctioneer David and Helen Hilliard who donated a beautiful painting along with FHC MFH Joy Crompton, Karen and Chuck Bull,Put Spaulding, Mac and Marty Dent and guests
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Steve and Carol Ham, David, Beth,Gordon Sutton,Margaret and Rolf Hueppi and Leslie Bowman
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Maya Proloux  (Hopes Legacy), Julia Scheibel, Cameron , Forest, Austin Walker
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Jane Gatewood, Eric Christenson, Angela Doolan, Peter Doolan, Mark Gebhard, Thomas Pickiney, Leslie Pickiney
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Maddie Maciel, Maggie Morris, Toni Durham, Tim, Shannon Critzer, Stephanie Morris, Taylor
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George and Marilee Lindbeck with Stacy Stinchfield, Tiffany Snell and guests
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Hannah and Russ Buss, Matthew and Pippa Cook
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Father and daughter, Pippa and Matthew
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Music by " 10 Spot" made for some spectacular stepping out on the floor with Paul King and Paula McConnell
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Jeb Cuthbert, recovering from a recent injury, was not going to miss out on giving it a whirl with husband Chris!

Thanks Liz and Jeff for these pictures, there are lots more! see FHC on Facebook




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