Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Cubbing with the BSV 2010It was an unrivalled invitation: to spend two months hunting in the United States with Anne McIntosh, MFH of the Blue Ridge Hunt (VA). As a hunting-mad Brit who’d grown up with the West Country packs of my native Somerset, I was intrigued to learn about the tradition of the sport on the other side of the pond.

Coming over to help with Anne’s horses, I took particular interest in the type and manners of what I would usually call hunters, soon learning they were called field hunters stateside. What struck me was their condition. A sunny American summer was as evident in the bloom on these horses’ coats as in the suntans on their riders! The fact that the majority of these horses also live out throughout the hunting season (which would be impossible with our muddy British winters) I think contributed to their impeccable manners and relaxed temperaments.

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# Cheryl Microutsicos 2012-06-26 20:41
I enjoyed hearing your tales of the visit to the US, thanks for sharing!
# Megan Corp 2012-06-28 11:27
Thanks Cheryl, looking forward to coming back soon!
# Ben Darlington 2012-07-05 06:06
If you want to find out more about Blackthorn and Brook, Megan and I will be spending a week in Middleburg Va from 8-15 July. Let us know if you'd like us to drop by: [email protected]
# Lynn Burke 2012-08-25 09:34
Meg I am so excited for you.Well done.Great idea.

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