|Sunday, February 27 proved add. All that knee deep mud had mostly dried up. The bitter cold abated, sunshine covered all. Well, good. While the temperature wasn’t hot given the five weeks of storms, snow, sleet, ice it seemed warm.|
Hounds left from the Run-In Shed. Not much was going on. A boo hoo here and there but tepid. As luck would have it, all the older girls were in season so the pack consisted of two made females, three older boys and the rest were male youngsters. The girls never go in season at a convenient time.
After an hour plus of this I decided to try Jim Klemic’s. Might be a little cooler. Once we reached the turkey foot convergence of trails, the one being deep, hounds began to speak, moving north. They hitched it up from a trot to a lope so I did too. At one point Kalie and I stopped as the hounds swept up toward 611 then turned coming back down. They then dipped into the higher land up behind Jim’s house, more or less halfway to 611. By now the pack was back together, all speaking. So I dropped onto the north side of the creek and followed. I turned back but saw no field behind me. Dr. George Lindbeck was out so I looked for his scarlet coat. George can go through or over anything. It occurred to me while battling limbs that perhaps someone popped off. There isn’t much time to ponder these things while hounds are speaking. Took me maybe fifteen or twenty minutes to get through but I wasn’t too far behind. Lost my left earring, cut my ear and cut behind my right wrist. How no idea how. Leapt down onto the sunken trail so I could finally move faster. Hounds had blasted past Jim’s house, into those woods. Do I gallop down the pasture to the uncleared old north river branch trail or do I veer to the right and gallop toward the northern most bridge? There used to be a place there were you could drop down. Hounds began to emerge from the woods so I didn’t have to make a decision. All came out. One had a bloodied ear, those hateful thorns and Puzzle had a cut on his right shoulder. Obviously, they did not give up until the fox was put to ground. Once years ago, we ran a similar pattern and the fox swam across the branch which is pretty easy, the whole pack in pursuit. My whipper-in, Dr. Mary O’Brien, got over there on that 17 hand horse of hers, flew up to the hay storage shed and finally got the pack back. Fortunately, that didn’t happen this time. The former run, of course, meant phone calls and apologies to the landowner who was quite good about it.
But there we were. The pack, myself and not a soul. Headed to the pond to give them a rest and chance to drink and spied Sara Bateman and Amy Walker sitting in the field just off the farm road. Neither one knew where the field was. Just as they stopped speaking, we all heard hoofbeats and here came the entire field, including the four juniors Lynne Beegle Gebhardt brought along with Jim Meister. Later one of the riders who wears those watches telling you how far you have gone testified to seven miles. Well, that had to be seven miles at warp speed. And there was George. So all was well.
You never know, but we all now know with Jane in charge the field will catch up whatever it takes. The path they took was less difficult but still, that was a run. All were lucky most of the mud had dried up. Lots of dry cleaner bills otherwise. Nothing like the horse in front of you throwing up great clods of mud.
Lifted hounds and rode back to the hound trailer. Cut ear and cut shoulder cleaned and fixed. Ears look so bad because they bleed so much. The young boys did okay. Would I have preferred some of the older girls in there? I would. The boys can be easily distracted but once they got good scent they poured it on, steady and true.
Here’s to whatever comes next. Given the heat rising maybe we’ll pick up a vixen in a bikini. Then again we have all been smacked with snowstorms in March and April. Anything goes.
Up and over! RMB
OAK RIDGE FOX HUNT CLUB
Sporting Clays Shoot
Sunday, June 13 from 9 to 1
TeaTime Farm, 1295 Greenfield Rd, Afton, VA
Fun shoot open to all- experienced shooters and novices (or anyone who wants to try this
sport). We will have instructors to help if needed.
A perfect event for riders and their non-riding friends.
Awards for best beginner, male and female shooters.
By popular demand, we’ve added a pairs competition.
$20 entry fee for each shooting round of 10 clays.
No preregistration necessary. Just Come!!
Here are the results of the Judged Trail Ride held at Teatime Farm today. Thank you to everyone who endured the heat and humidity to compete in the first ride in the Shenandoah Valley Judged Ride series. The ride hosted by Bedford Hunt is scheduled for June 19. Glenmore’s is July 10 and Rockbridge is July 17. Ribbons will be mailed out to first thru 6 place.Thank you to Mark and Karen Catron, Susan Boone, Becky Birnbaum, Cathy Denton, Kathleen King, Mary Tousignant, Cheryl Tsakis, and Becky Wood for working today and to Mark, Karen, and Susan for cleaning the trails and setting up the course. As always, John Morris put the finishing touch on the course by mowing the trails for us this week. Our events cannot go on without everyone’s help and our volunteers are greatly appreciated.We are holding a sporting clay shoot on June 13 at Teatime Farm from 9 to 1. Please join us. You can contact Mark for details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s hope for cooler weather.
Name Division score
Sue Migliore E 47.5
Cathy Goscha E 47
Barbara Goodson E 46.5
Heidi Davis E 45
Karen Robertson E 44.5
Kate Kane E 44
Allie Raner E 43.5
Lisa Lefferts E 43
Ronnie Thornton E 40.5
Priscilla Friedberg E 39.5
Lynn Rowley E 36.5
Waverly McDavid J 37
Shelly Thompson N 44.5
Amy Walker N 44
Lisa Salopek N 43
Sara Bateman N 42.5
Shannon Critzer N 42
Cindy Simmons N 41
Jessica Swezey N 40
James Swezey N 40
Mary Ann Jacobsen N 39.5
Robin Ellis N 39
Meredith Williams N 37.5
Mary Lee McDavid N 36
Cheri Kula N 35.5
Tracy Ferguson N 35
Nathalie Williams N 34
Chrystal Knick N 33
Brieanna Litter N 32
Elmer Glick N 30.5
Connie Nicholson Price N 25
Jane Johnson N 15.5
June 6, 2021
1295 Greenfield Rd
9 AM to Noon
Join us on a 7 mile ride across the rolling hills and wooded trails of Teatime Farm. The ride includes 6 judged trail obstacles. Divisions for Experienced, Novice, & Junior riders. Entry fee $40 for adults, $25 for juniors. This ride is the first in the Shenandoah Valley Judged Trail Ride Series.
Riders who compete in all 4 rides will receive 10 bonus points towards the Championship.
Directions: DO NOT FOLLOW GPS directions! (Don’t turn onto Avon Road /Rt. 638 off Route 151). Continue SOUTH on Rt. 151 for (+-) 5 miles until you see ASHLEY’S MKT & SERVICE STATION on right (6445 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 22920) THEN turn left onto Greenfield Road until you see the Tea Time Farm sign and DRIVEWAY ON LEFT.
We had a beautiful day and a record turnout at our Spring Hunter Pace. 98 Riders showed up to ride the course at Tea Time Farm. This pace is part of the series with Glenmore and Rockbridge Hunts which will resume with 3 more paces in the fall.
Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the hounds. Ribbons will be mailed to the winners.
Full Cry – Optimum Time 1:10
- Kim Eastep & Priscilla Friedberg 1:09
- Liz Hall & Brooks Cushman 1:15
- “MadBrit” Tracy Ferguson & Cheryl Microutsicos 1:16
- Joy Watkins 1:03
- Shelley Payne, Brooke Birdsong & Marianna Bell 1:02
- Jerrie & Meredith Wade 0:58
Second Flight – Optimum Time 1:20
- Heidi Davis, Kate Kane & Katelyn Johnson 1:20
- “Horse Force” Mary Tousignant & Sarah Ovenshire 1:19
- Jennifer Hatcher, Nancy Chasen & Sandi Nelson 1:18
- Brooke Wilson & Kimberly Delbrook 1:24
- 3-way tie:
“Merapple” Whitney Woodson & Kendall Butterworth 1:26
Meghan Rexrode & Ashley Bankes 1:26
“Plumbroke Farm” Lynne Wood & Shannon Kruep 1:14
Hilltoppers – Optimum Time 1:30
- “Casual Crew” Emily Dunenvant, Margaret Dickerson & Courtney Hyer 1:30
- “Doubletree” Summer Genty & Lily Stevens 1:31
- Lila Azhari-Harris & Jean Jarrell 1:41
- Karen Robertson 1:18
“Cannon Ridge Farm” Alexa Diaz & Casey Floyd 1:50
“Large and in Charge” Katie Bernard, Wes Watkins & Jessica Cogle 1:50
Juniors – Optimum Time 1:20
- “Numero Uno” Waverly McDavid 1:25
- “The Dapple Zapples” Sara Turner, Shep Turner & Joanne Norman 1:26
- Carolyn Heyel & Zeyna M’Bengue 1:42
- Pippa Cook & Carter McNeely 1:45
Our next event is a Judged Trail Ride, which will be held at Tea Time Farm on June 6. This is also part of a series with Glenmore, Rockbridge and Bedford Hunts. If you had a good time today, come back and see us!
Oak Ridge Hunt Club has an exciting event calendar for the coming months. Check out the following events and mark your calendars.
March 21, 2021, Sunday 10:00am – Sporting Clay Shoot at Tea Time Farm.
No pre-registration, just come!
April 10, 2021, Saturday 10:00am Poker Ride at Wood Ridge Farm Brewery
Register online at https://orfhc.square.site/
Or print and bring these forms:
May 8, 2021, Saturday 9:00am Hunter Pace Tea Time Farm
Register online at https://orfhc.square.site/ Or print and bring these forms:
June 6, 2021, Sunday 9:00 Judged Trail Ride Location TBA
July 24, 2021, Sunday 9:00 am. Safari Hunt Wood Ridge Farm Brewery
September 12, 2021 Sunday 9:00 Fall Hunter Pace Location TBA
November 21, 2021 Turkey Trot Wood Ridge Farm Brewery
October 16-19 – 4 Day Hunt Weekend – See link for details
Due to the constraints imposed by the COVID pandemic, we are only inviting
members and landowners to the hunt this year. This is disappointing to all of the
Oak Ridge Masters as well as the family at the Estate, but we feel that we must
impose this restriction to keep everyone safe in these extraordinary times.
We will not be hosting the usual breakfast after the hunt. Everyone is invited to
bring their own refreshments to enjoy at a safe distance from others. We will
provide water and soft drinks. We know you will all respect our wishes for this
year. 2021 will be a renewed chance to celebrate.
Join in on the search for turkey plates while riding the fields and wooded trails along the Rockfish River & behind Wood Ridge Farm.
The first 6 riders to find a turkey plate will win a turkey for Thanksgiving. All disciplines are welcome.
Bring your own tailgate – no alcohol please, or buy lunch at the Brewery after the ride.
Entry fee is $40 for adults, $25 for juniors.
Pre-Register online at https://orfhc.square.site/ or in Register in person the day of the event.
As many of you know, Oak Ridge has had to postpone the Hunt Ball due to the COVID-19 restrictions being observed. The event has been has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 27.
Like many clubs, we count on the income from this fundraiser to cover food, care and medical expenses for our hounds.
In order to continue to provide for our hounds, we are offering some of our auction items online for the next 3 weeks. While you “shelter in place,” please consider bidding on some of our terrific auction items:
The auction will run through Sunday April 19, 2020 10:00pm Eastern. The hounds thank you for your support.
Questions on the auction may be directed to email@example.com
This ride is currently CANCELLED. We will try to reschedule after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Join in on the search for poker chips while riding wooded trails and fields behind Wood Ridge Farm Brewery.
Turn in your chips for five cards.
The top poker hands win cash prizes.
All disciplines are welcome.
Entry fee is $40 for adults, $25 for juniors.