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Members of the Bull Run Hunt dominated the field during the second semi-annual Hunter Pace Challenge at Morven Park, benefiting Loudoun Therapeutic Riding (LTR) and Morven Park.

With Bull Run Hunt teams of riders finishing first in both the Masters’ Class and 1st Field levels and taking the “Crack-a-Whip,” best horn blowing, and best flask (judged on contents, of course) contests, the club was the clear all-round winner, retaining its title first earned last October during the debut event.

Banbury Cross, March 20th, 10:00 a.m.--This meet was a joint special occasion, to host nearly a score of folks up from Belle Meade, Va., and a make-up for the snowed out Junior's Day. It turned out to be one of the best days of the year. I arrived at the meet with five horses on--two for guests (one who rode sidesaddle), one for our kennelman and sometimes whipper, my horse Beau and my young daughter's pony, Hanna.

I haven't been able to write many reports this year, in fact none, and this year has been quite rewarding. The hounds continue to hunt well, and the puppies continue to improve. We hosted a day for the North American Field Hunter Championships in the pouring rain and managed to get one good run. We hosted the Virginia Field Hunter Championship and had a surprising quick run and accounting. We've had days when the pack has run out of country only to see the fox come back in with the entire pack shortly behind.

Oh my goodness did we have FUN today!

In keeping with the spirit of things—it being Halloween—we asked for permission to wear costumes today. What a grand idea! 

We were a little late to start. People were fiddling with their outfits, and it took me at least five tries to get on my horse, with my wild skirt on. How did those ladies way back when ride side-saddle with all those gowns? 

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The Metamora Hunt met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Milewicz on Rock Valley Road on Saturday morning, December 19th. We were treated to a lovely stirrup cup on this cool morning. The temperature was 27 degrees with a light snow cover on the ground.

Huntsman Patricia Pearce had brought 10 ½ couple and was assisted by Honorary Whippers-in Gay Kent and Margie Gilbert. After thanking our hosts and presenting a few announcements, Joint Master Joe Mayday turned our day over to jt.-MFH Joe Kent who called for “Hounds Please.”

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Snickersville Hounds met at Egypt Farm at 10 a.m. Trucks and trailers pulled into the meet under overcast, dreary, chilly skies that threatened cold rain in a scant hour or so. But our Huntsman, Todd Kern, and every stalwart foxhunter in attendance, was determined to get in a few hours of hunting before those rains spoiled the rest of the day.

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