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Red Rock Hounds Returns To Demonstrate Fox Hunting At 2011 $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby

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Carson City, NV- August 16, 2011- The 2011 $25,000 Franktown Meadows USHJA International Hunter Derby will take place at the Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility in Carson City, Nevada on September 5, 2011. As spectators admire the beautiful hunter derby course set upon the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range they will be treated to a display of the sport of fox hunting by Lynn Lloyd of Red Rock Hounds from Reno, NV. Following the fox hunting presentation, the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby will showcase the best horse and rider combinations in the country as they compete for the winning title.

 

Lynn Lloyd will demonstrate and explain the excitement of fox hunting, the hounds, and the tradition of this wonderful sport. This event will take place at 12:00 p.m. with the derby beginning at 1:00 p.m. Lloyd and her team at Red Rock Hounds will be parading 80 of her fabulous American bred Walker Hounds around the hunter derby course on horseback.  Lloyd is excited to gallop around and show off her prized hunting dogs as she enjoys sharing her passion with the public.

 

“I think it is good exposure for the hounds. It is part of the hunter derby,” noted Lloyd. “The derby came because of field hunting. All of the hunters came from the field or that’s how it all started so this is kind of presenting its roots. I think that they begin to understand that this is where hunters in the show ring began and that hunting in America is still available and we hope it stays available. I want people to understand the freedom and being in nature. I think it grounds people and I want them to remember the fun of horses. Sometimes I think they forget that.”
Lloyd began hunting in England where she became captivated with fox hunting. She explained, “The first time I heard the call of a hound something inside me came alive. I have not stopped hunting since. I feel as though I am the luckiest person on the face of the earth. We have so much land to hunt on in Nevada that you cannot believe it. You never have to stop the hounds or the horses and it is the best way to see nature and the beautiful state of Nevada.”

 

The favorite part of the hunt for Lloyd is when the hounds are working and trying to find the scent. Red Rock Hounds offers those interested in trying the sport of fox hunting the opportunity to do so. Lloyd enjoys encouraging those who would like to try the sport of fox hunting. “When a person begins fox hunting I just want them to love the sport,” Lloyd smiled. “I just want them to experience the excitement of fox hunting and get back to being in nature and enjoying the beautiful wilderness.”
For more information about Red Rock Hounds please visit www.RedRockHounds.com or to schedule a visit with Lynn Lloyd please call (775) 969-3243 or email lynnlloyd@redrockhounds.com.

 

For more information about the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby please visit www.fmhunterderby.com. For more information and questions please contact FMHunterDerby@gmail.com or Lynne Garnett at (775) 722-4261.

 

The 2011 $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Fast Facts:

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EVENT: The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby is the only standalone hunter derby on the west coast. The Derby will be a member event of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby Series. This charitable event benefits ALS Nevada, a non-profit organization that aids those affected by ALS in Nevada.

WHAT: Over the course of three days, riders and spectators will enjoy a variety of exciting events that offer the highest quality judges, the best course designers, great food, multiple exhibits for all ages, and first class hospitality for two- and four-legged competitors alike.

WHERE: Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility is located 15 minutes south of Reno at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in historic Washoe Valley

Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility
4200 Old Highway 395
Carson City, NV 89704

WHEN: Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2011

DERBY MANAGER: Phil De Vita, Jr.

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