Watching Fall Arrive

Fall foliage

Dusk is falling earlier and earlier. I left the barn at 4 p.m. today for a ride and already the light was turning golden and barred owls were calling to each other in the woods. There were two owls, their distinctive “who cooks for you?” cry echoing through the woods. Zelda and I went in […]

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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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