As always, wonderful report with photos to document it! Everyone looks so nice braided, prepped to the nines and the hounds look terrific! There are no ugly horses in eastern MO.
As far as a COTH report, it seems like a good idea to me to share the story. My work has me around horse people from all diciplines and when chatter about foxhunting comes up the reaction other horse people have is funny. Because by choice, or accident, foxhunters are wallflowers, or modest, we are stereotyped as elite, white collar, trust fund kids who ride horses. No kidding- seems to be rooted in foxhuntings early origins but times have changed and the hunt field is filled with small business owners, school teachers, electricians and good ole Mom's and Dad's. Pheasant hunters, deer hunters and duck hunters get a pass but- hound work and enjoying the outdoors is the common bond and those groups spend big $$ on their hobby as we do. I just returned from spending 5 days in South Dakota as the pheasant hunters enjoyed their opening weekend. Wow, HUGE business up there. So, back to my point, any constructive stories about the sport can be a good thing when stereotypes are erased and traditions explained.
can hilltopping weenies get their colors? I hope that is not too dumb of a query.
I'm with you 3dogfarm! I've gone second flight, but the weenie in me prefers to hilltop most of the time. I hope that colors are awarded to me at some point. I do support the club in other ways.... I help out at work parties to repair the courses. I sponsor classes at our hunter trials. I go on hound exercises. I loan my horse to an occasional whip and have loaned my horse to a guest of our MFH. So, I hope the fact that I only hilltop doesn't keep me from getting my colors.
I once belonged to Charlie (but now he lives with another BB member). I still have Sissy-1982 Quarter Horse Mare and Chrome-Percheron/TB Mare
Wellll , I was in the ladies room at Virginia Intermont (attending a conference at VI) when I suddenly thought "I hope my post inferred it was ME who was/is the weenie".
I figured that it is the dedication and support to the hunt is how colors are earned, so thanks to all who contributed to the answer.
Now, back to my healthy, boring lunch. I'd rather have a Ruby Tuesday's smokehouse burger and a large order of fries.
Well, it depends on the hunt I'm sure but colors are more about how much you contribute to the hunt rather than what field you ride in.
I've seen honorary colors awarded for outstanding [non hunting] service to the club
but usually you have to know the territory and be able to help as needed.
[here the first flight abilities may be a need rather than an option]
ie. years and 2 horses ago I jumped back to help a noob go the long way around.
instant 2nd field.... on a day we started with out one.
but there are countless [by others] examples.
Oh Painted! You've come through for us again! Outstanding! Indeed the horses looked wunnerful! I loved ALL the paints but yours was so special!
And I loved the skinny girl in the shadbelly on the gray horse pics - I LOVE that horse! Hate the attractive rider - I hope she falls off!! Then I can have the horse....no but I want the paint that whip is on or....well I can't choose!
Favorite pictures are the ones with your huntsman on the ground with her hounds congratulating them. You can feel the love. It shows thru the photos! Wunnerful!!
Hey! Tell Ron Ausman that Ashland won the the seven couple class yesterday at the Basset Trials! And the basset puppy pictures (well ANY puppy pictures!) made me weak at the knees! AAAwwwwwww!!!
I love opening pictures and I think Mr. Granger has a serious future in photograpy! Look at how he caught you in perfect position AND your horse in perfect suspension! WOWEE. And HE was dressed so nice too.