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fort leavenworth vixenFort Leavenworth Vixen, Grand Champion of Show, handled by Stephanie Wilcox Carter, MFH and huntsman. Judge Vincent Tartaglia is standing (middle). /  Angela Fain photo

Last year was the boys’ year. This year the Crossbred female, Fort Leavenworth Vixen 2013, evened the score with her littermate Valor by winning the Grand Championship at the Central States Hound Show.

Vixen is a speckled, mostly white tricolor by Brazos Valley Baxter ‘08 out of Fort Leavenworth Piper ‘07. American and Crossbred bloodlines are predominantly from Fort Leavenworth Hunt (KS), Brazos Valley Hounds (TX), and the Piedmont Fox Hounds (VA). The most recent contribution of pure English blood to this lovely Crossbred was from the Arapahoe Hunt kennels (CO), three generations back.

Stephanie Wilcox Carter, MFH and huntsman of the Fort Leavenworth pack describes Vixen as conformationally correct, happy, and unflappable.

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fort leavenworth vixenFort Leavenworth Vixen, Grand Champion of Show, handled by Stephanie Wilcox Carter, MFH and huntsman. Judge Vincent Tartaglia is standing (middle). /  Angela Fain photo

Last year was the boys’ year. This year the Crossbred female, Fort Leavenworth Vixen 2013, evened the score with her littermate Valor by winning the Grand Championship at the Central States Hound Show.

Vixen is a speckled, mostly white tricolor by Brazos Valley Baxter ‘08 out of Fort Leavenworth Piper ‘07. American and Crossbred bloodlines are predominantly from Fort Leavenworth Hunt (KS), Brazos Valley Hounds (TX), and the Piedmont Fox Hounds (VA). The most recent contribution of pure English blood to this lovely Crossbred was from the Arapahoe Hunt kennels (CO), three generations back.

Stephanie Wilcox Carter, MFH and huntsman of the Fort Leavenworth pack describes Vixen as conformationally correct, happy, and unflappable.

“Where Valor is intense in his hunting and showing Vixen is more relaxed in everything she does,” said Carter. “She’s like her mother—quiet and methodical. In the field, Valor could be described as hunting in overdrive. On a hot scent he might miss a quick jink in the line and have to come back to it, where Vixen will be right where she should be—under control, calm, relaxed.

“She entered enthusiastically along with her littermates a few years ago, and just a short way through her first season she had it all figured out. At the end of a long run, I never have to go looking for her. She’s always there, right where she’s supposed to be.

“And she had a nice litter of puppies as well,” added Carter. “She’ll be going to the Virginia Foxhound Show along with Valor [a two-time Grand Champion of Show last year] and another littermate, Victor, this year.

Organized in 1926 by the U.S. Tenth Cavalry Regiment, the Fort Leavenworth Hunt kennels are on the Fort. Vixen, Valor, Victor, and their kennel mates hunt primarily coyote mostly on Fort Leavenworth lands in the region where the Santa Fe Trail begins. Hunt subscribers are military personnel, their families, as well as civilians.

Exhibiting at Central States this year in addition to the Fort Leavenworth Hunt were Brazos Valley Hounds (TX), Mission Valley Hunt (KS), North Hills Hunt (NE), Bridlespur Hunt (MO), and Mill Creek Hunt (IL). Hounds were judged this year by retired huntsman Vincent Tartaglia. Click for complete results.

Posted May 20, 2016

myopia gammell.headdon.nature of light photogMyopia Gammell '12, a proud son of Potomac Jefferson '05, shown by huntsman Philip Headdon, was judged Grand Champion of the 2016 New England Hound Show. / Photo by Nature of Light Photography

Myopia Gammell 2012 is the second foxhound this season carrying the blood of the inimitable Potomac Jefferson to be named a Grand Champion of Show, this at the New England Hound Show held on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Gammell was bred by now-retired huntsman Larry Pitts at Potomac, and drafted unentered to huntsman Tony Gammell at the Keswick Hunt (VA) in exchange for another breeding. Tony in turn drafted the still unentered pup to his pal, Brian Kiely, then huntsman at the Myopia Hunt (MA), who named the hound for Tony. Brian, of course, is now huntsman at Potomac, so that completes another circle, entirely!

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myopia gammell.headdon.nature of light photogMyopia Gammell '12, a proud son of Potomac Jefferson '05, shown by huntsman Philip Headdon, was judged Grand Champion of the 2016 New England Hound Show. / Photo by Nature of Light Photography

Myopia Gammell 2012 is the second foxhound this season carrying the blood of the inimitable Potomac Jefferson to be named a Grand Champion of Show, this at the New England Hound Show held on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Gammell was bred by now-retired huntsman Larry Pitts at Potomac, and drafted unentered to huntsman Tony Gammell at the Keswick Hunt (VA) in exchange for another breeding. Tony in turn drafted the still unentered pup to his pal, Brian Kiely, then huntsman at the Myopia Hunt (MA), who named the hound for Tony. Brian, of course, is now huntsman at Potomac, so that completes another circle, entirely!

Gammell is by Potomac Jefferson 2005 ex Potomac Thimble 2009—a powerful pedigree, top and bottom. Gammell’s sire Jefferson was Grand Champion at both the Virginia Foxhound Show and the Bryn Mawr Hound Show in 2007, winning the title of MFHA Centennial Foxhound in that MFHA hundredth anniversary year. Jefferson was knockout handsome, hands down the Clarke Gable of the American foxhound world in his day.

Gammell’s dam Thimble goes back three generations to Piedmont Watchman 1989 on both her top and bottom lines—sire and dam. Watchman is one of the legendary American sires of hounds known for their outstanding performance in the field.

“Gammell has it from both of them,” said Kim Brady Cutler, MFH and honorary whipper-in. “He’s handsome to look at, and, though we only hunt drag, he’s really good at it.”

“He was Reserve Grand Champion at last year’s New England Hound Show,” continued Cutler. “He’s was picked as Best American hound last year after being allowed to show off-lead, but in the Grand Championship Class he had to show on the lead. That was a disadvantage for him. This year’s judge, Colonel Foster, preferred to see the hounds moving off lead. Gammell’s a very good mover—perks up for the biscuit. He loves to show off.”

Participating hunts at New England along with Myopia were Green Mountain Hounds (VT), Norfolk Hunt (MA), North Country Hounds (VT), Old North Bridge Hounds (MA), and Wentworth Hunt (NH).

Hounds were judged by Lt. Col. Dennis Foster, Executive Director of the MFHA. Click for complete show results.

Posted May 18, 2016

piedmont16.opentimber.portrait.leesAt the finish Dakota Slew (Mark Beecher up in solid blue cap) holds off Drift Society (Connor Hankin) for a third consecutive Open Timber win at Piedmont. /  Douglas Lees photo

The Open Timber course at Piedmont on Saturday, March 26th, was a happy hunting ground once again for Dakota Slew. Ridden this year by Mark Beecher, the brown gelding captured his third Open Timber Race in as many years over the Piedmont course for owner Magalen Bryant who took home the Rokeby Bowl yet again. He moved patiently up to first by the last fence and held off a hard challenge by Drift Society in the stretch to win by a neck. The Richard Valentine-trained Dakota Slew was the Leading Timber Horse in Virginia in 2015.

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joe whited.Michelle OHanlon ArnoldJoe Whited (right) and the author in the Old Dominion field  /   Michelle OHanlon Arnold photo

A foxhunter and conservationist with an impressive background in foreign affairs is seeking the Republican nomination for Virginia's Fifth Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Joe Whited, thirty-six, has mounted a campaign for the Republican nomination, one of four vying for the seat being vacated by Representative Robert Hurt (R). Whited wears the colors of the Old Dominion Hounds (VA) and helps run the club's annual point-to-point. His first race, however, will be purely political—the Republican primary in April.

Virginia’s Fifth District is the Commonwealth’s largest. The pie-shaped wedge includes much of Virginia hunt country, including territory of Piedmont, Orange County, Warrenton, Casanova, Old Dominion, Rappahannock, Thornton Hill-Fort Valley, Bull Run, Keswick, Farmington, Deep Run, Oak Ridge, Stonewall, Bedford, and Red Oak in Virginia, just north of Sedgefield and Red Mountain in North Carolina.

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