*Two* newbie foxhunting opportunities for CotH crew!
I finally got the dates that the Old Dominion Hounds will meet at (the real) Hunter's Rest this fall.
I was able to nab two slots -- one in cubbing season, one in formal season, so the newbie (and veteran) foxhunting crowds are invited to join us not once but twice!
* Saturday, September 24 ODH meets at Hunter's Rest, probably at 8 am or 8:30. I will offer a tailgate hunt breakfast following the hunt.
(Special this weekend are the Foxfield Races in Charlottesville on Sunday, and for anyone coming from far out of town, try to stay over at least for Monday and we'll go car-topping for Day 1 of the North American Field Hunter Championships, which begins that day with the Middleburg Hunt.)
* Saturday, November 12, ODH meets at Hunter's Rest, probably at 9 am. I will offer a formal hunt breakfast following the hunt.
ODH offers 3 fields:
First field (runs and jumps)
Second field (runs but does not jump - both first and second fields 'follow the hounds)
Third field (for which I am the field master, we walk-trot with a very small amount of canter as allowed by the group, and we skirt the action, literally 'hilltopping' to position ourselves so we can *see* the action - as opposed to seeing only the bobbing tail of the horse in front of us!)
I'm on board for the Sept 24 date, and I'm hopeful that one of the junior riders form my barn will join me.
This will be my third foray into the field with ODH and HR, and I strongly recommend it for anyone who's been dreaming of hunting. It's great fun, and very educational.
I've only done third field, so I can't make comparisons to the other fields, but I've had a great time, and we've been able to see the fox, and the hounds working, each time, along with great informational commentary by HR.
I'm tentatively planning on or around Nov. 12- just not sure yet if I'll be in for Saturday, or whether I'll come out earlier in the week. Still have to check on flights, and find out if my parents will even be in town so I can get a visit in with them as well.
For goodness sakes, the point is that this bucket list opportunity *is* very affordable.
The most expensive thing you'll have is your capping fee (one time, $150.) Other costs are negligible.
Contact me if you want more info. This is the *point*!
I would love to try and make it for the Nov. 12th date. I'm so disappointed that I'm missing out on taking my green horse to Casanova's event on Saturday from badly spraining my ankle, but maybe by November I'll have a chance to (a) get him ready and more fit for adventure, (b) sucker someone into trailering me, and (c) save money for the cap. It's also my friend's birthday, so I may even try to drag her with me if she thinks one of her horses will be up to it or if we can find a suitable horse!
I'll have to keep an eye on this thread. I'm in for September, but thought maybe I'd squeeze in November as well, if I save up some money...but it looks as though that is the "popular" date and may get booked up!
Oh well, if that happens, there's always March
Anybody interested in this must contact me directly - not just on here!
Lots to organize -- email me at home BetsyP@crosslink.net.
I have Hinderella (Jane/Ct.) and Under The Bridge (/Tx.) signed on officially for September (but others have said 'yes!') and BigBayTb (Ind.) and Sonny's Mom (Pa.) for November (but, again, others saying 'yes!')
Ya'll get with me directly so I can fill in.
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Of course I'm in! Will either be riding or car following but can arrange car for anyone coming regardless! I also have room here at my place if someone needs a place for yourselves/horsie. Humble but friendly!! I'm about 12 miles from the meet locations close to Warrenton.
Just PM me!
Can't wait! LOVE the Hunting Princess get togethers! We da bomb!! wooooo hooooo!!