Fate took Lynn Lloyd to Reno, Nev., more than 30 years ago. She packed everything into a truck and trailer and set out from Pennsylvania. âI was running away from a bad situation in the East,â she said. âI loaded my two horses, my dogs and my stuff, and I just started heading west.
âI thought, âWell, by the time I run out of money or I hit the Pacific, I should have figured out what to do with my life.â And I ran out of gas in Reno. It was the best thing that ever happened to me,â she said.
Flat broke, Lloyd dug into the landscape in Reno and made it her home. And she hasnât looked back since. âYou couldnât drag me back to the East. Here, no matter where the hounds go, you can go. I get a lot of Europeans who come and hunt, and they canât even fathom it, the open space,â she said.
âItâs the West! What isnât to love about Reno? Everythingâs legalâyou can carry a gun, you can drink and smoke, and thereâs prostitution. The open spaces out here are wonderful, and I love the climate. I just love it,â she said.
When she first laid eyes on the rolling desert and Nevada mountains, Lloyd had a vision. âI looked at all the land and said, âThere needs to be a hunt here.â The country is just too beautiful not to,â Lloyd recalled. And in 1980, the Red Rock Hounds began, with Lloyd as master and huntsman.
Name: Lynn Lloyd
Home Base: Reno, Nev.
Who is your real-life hero?
Rita Mae Brown. I think sheâs just amazingâwhat sheâs done for the womenâs movement is inspiring, and to start [the Oak Ridge Fox Hunt (Va.)], sheâs remarkable.
What do you think is the most important issue facing the sport of foxhunting today?
Loss of landâthe fact that more than 50 percent of the population now lives in an urban setting rather than a rural one. I think weâre losing the whole balance of life. Weâve lost touch with the earth, with the cycle of life and death thatâs so natural. People just donât seem to understand that anymoreâtheyâre so far removed from it now.
If you hadnât become a professional huntsman, where would you be today?
Iâd still be training horses. I love horses and hounds.
What quality do you most admire in a horse?
In a hound?
Desire to hunt.
If you could hunt a pack anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Australia definitely intrigues me. I would love to hunt a pack down there. I wonder if I would have enough guts to jump the wire fences they jump, but Iâd love to try. I think the more places you can hunt, the more you get educated, and the more it opens your eyes to things. They all do it differently.
Whatâs your most frivolous self-indulgence?
Buying another horseâjust one more.
What word or phrase do you overuse?
Just do it.
Jack Russells, yes or no?
NoâI have a cat population, and they kill cats. Theyâre no part of my life.
How many miles are on your hound truck?
At the moment 210,000, and my debate is do I replace it or just keep going with it?
Whatâs your favorite time of a hunting day?
I love setting out, but I donât go out earlyâusually about 11 a.m. Itâs a pretty time of day, and youâre starting the hunt. I love starting outâI hate coming in.
If you could sit down in a room with an anti-hunting representative, whatâs the one thing about your sport youâd want to try and make him understand?
That hunting is actually a huge part of our soul as a human being. In general, no matter how deeply itâs buried in the mind, we are hunters. And that the fun thing about mounted hunting is that we have all the fun of the chase without necessarily ending the life of the quarry.
Do you have any superstitions?
I really donâtâoh, maybe one. I believe what we put out into the world is what we get back. So in everything I do in my life, I try and put good vibrations into it.
Describe yourself in three words.
Fun, hard-working, passionate.
If you could go back and change one decision youâve made in your career, what would it be?
I donât think Iâd change one decision, I honestly donât. Every decision I made brought me to where I am, and Iâm so happy where I am. Iâm a lucky person.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
I rode a horse across the United States in 1973âI donât know if itâs my greatest accomplishment, but I sure had more fun doing that than anything. How many people get to take a year out of their life and have no responsibilities to anyone or anything? The freedom of that was phenomenal. I think it was better than a college education.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes, absolutely. Iâve seen a few. I think thereâs so much life that we as humans donât see or have the ability to see, but itâs all around us.
Whatâs the last book you read?
At the moment, Iâm reading, âThe Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.â