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October 5, 2004

Hounds Steal The Show At Ludwig's Corner

The Ludwig's Corner Horse Show in Glenmoore, Pa., celebrated its 61st anniversary on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6, with a record-breaking turnout. With more than 500 horses in competition and 14,000 spectators at this family show, opportunity was ripe for local hunts to do a little public relations work.

The annual Conservation and Hounds Tent at the show was a howling success. The crew from the Skycastle French Hounds Basset pack--Jim Scharnberg, "A." Reeves, and Gillian and Paul Wiedorn--brought hounds over to start the day, joined by Phyllis Allen, Sally and Liz Roberts, Clark Kirkpatrick, and Brian Wildermuth. Marsha Knight photographed the proceedings.

The staffs of Chester County 2020, The French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, East Nantmeal Land Trust and the Green Valleys Association were hard at work, talking with the crowds about protected land and agricultural easements and the continuing water problems the county faces from development pressures.

Sandy Mosher made a very effective presentation of the latest open-space protection tools for townships, farmers and other landowners. Mosher was instrumental in halting the Philadelphia Suburban Water Company's planned taking of millions of gallons of water per day from the west branch of the Brandywine River to make Carnog Quarry a cache for its sale of water to developers in surrounding townships, Ryers's Farm for Aged Equines participated for their third year, and Reins of Life, a handicapped riding organization, joined in for the first time. Representatives of the Radnor Hunt Three-Day Event (Pa.), which supports the Brandywine Conservancy, also attended with an educational booth. Volunteers from all the organizations spent the weekend discussing land-conservation issues with the spectators and promoting their causes.

The Skycastle staff members, each with a hound aiding the selling job, worked the crowd by distributing information about the preservation groups and voting issues in the coming elections. The Chester County Commissioners, the Agricultural Preservation Review Board and the County Department of Parks and Recreation had furnished them with the latest fact sheets and updates on the County Challenge program, protected pro-perty in the county, guidelines for all county agricultural programs and more. It was a prime opportunity to reach a diverse group of county residents with vital information.

The foxhounds of the Kimberton Hunt (Pa.) and the Addis Hunt (Pa.) were great crowd pleasers. Sandy and Barbara Dunn and their staff brought a couple of their entered Penn-Marydel hounds and part of a lovely litter of puppies. Todd and Happy Addis, Nina Christiansen (secretary of the Chester County Foxhunters' Association) and Bruce Kauffman brought striking couples of lemon-and-white and blue-ticked Penn-Marydels, and their daughter Ann Emlin brought some of her Beagles.

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