Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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nancy stahl.kkandra.croppedNancy Stahl, MFH, and her Joint Masters Parker Gentry and Lelee Brandt welcomed visitors to the gorgeous Millbrook country and made certain everyone was happy to be there. /  Karen Kandra Wenzel photo

Foxhounds from five hunts faced off for the second Performance Trial of the Hark Forward season. The trials were hosted by the Millbrook Hunt in their scenic and mountainous country in the Hudson River valley of New York State, just ten miles west of the Connecticut border, ninety miles north of New York City.

Hounds met on Monday and Tuesday, September 25 and 26, 2017 under conditions reminiscent of mid-summer rather than the early days of autumn. Temperatures rose well into the eighties on both days as riders sweltered and hounds struggled to find quarry in the usually productive coverts. Yet hounds worked as a veteran pack and displayed outstanding work during their brief moments of action.

Each competing hunt had selected the seven-and-a-half couples of hounds from their kennels to best represent them. The thirty-seven-and-a-half couples of proven hounds melded quickly into a single pack (more about that later), reflecting positively on every huntsman: Bart Poole from the Essex Fox Hounds (NJ); Marion Thorne, Genesee Valley Hunt (NY); Codie Hayes, Golden’s Bridge Hounds (NY); Don Philhower, Millbrook Hunt; and Sean Cully, Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hounds (PA).

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# karen wenzel 2017-10-03 17:56
It was a great time with generous hospitality by Millbrook. I was honored to follow with road whips Carol Philhower and Nancy Estes who had me in the perfect spot to capture photos.
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# Anita Zander 2017-10-10 09:36
I attended both days, and enjoyed it all immensely! Thank you to Millbrook Hunt for such a brilliant event. The oppressive heat was unfortunate, but we Foxhunters are tough! And grateful for any chance to follow hounds.
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# Judith Craw 2017-10-10 16:59
Beautifully told, Norman. It was an incredible experience!
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# Barbara Smith 2017-10-11 11:58
Great recounting of the days Norman. Love your stories.
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