The perfect field

Sometimes when you are out riding you find one of those perfect places. Where the light is perfect and you just feel lucky to have found it. I’d been to this field before — it’s in one of our hunt territories. But today I came across it from a different direction and it unfolded in […]

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Saturdays are for hunting

After a week of rain, clouds and raw, fall weather, Saturday was a gift: high 50s, sunny and perfect for hunting. Friday I debated which horse to hunt (nice problem!) and decided that since I hadn’t ridden Freedom since Tuesday, he would be too much of a handful. Zelda was pretty feisty too — to […]

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Fall Hunting at its Best

Tuesday mornings are tight for hunting. First thing in the morning I hitch the trailer. Next I drive my daughter to school (without the trailer, that would be way too embarrassing for the high school, although I did occasionally pull the trailer to the middle school). Then it’s off to the barn to feed, groom […]

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Blessing of the hounds was blessed with a beautiful day

On Saturday our hunt held its annual Blessing of the Hounds ceremony. This practice, which was brought to America in the 17th century dates back to the century and to celebrations associated with St. Hubert, the Patron saint of hunting. At the ceremony the hounds, the riders and the horses are blessed in hopes of […]

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The glow of a good hunt

Perfect fall day + well behaved horse + excellent hounds = a special feeling of contentment. Long after the adrenalin fades, a great hunt leaves you feeling good about your partnership with your horse, the camaraderie of your friends, and the beauty of your surroundings. Today I hunted Zelda and she was seduced by the […]

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This is what tired looks like

We had a glorious hunt today – almost two and a half hours on a beautiful fall day. The hounds were fabulous and the foliage was lovely. A good time was had by all! Freedom continues to be supercharged, he runs on pure adrenalin once he hears the hounds and today we had got an […]

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Another fall foliage ride

Foxhunting this fall has been a delight of fall colors and Saturday was no exception. The day started out cloudy but by the end we had strikingly blue skies with big puffy white clouds and an array of gold, red and orange leaves. I am almost at the point where I can start carrying my […]

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