Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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fort yorkFort York on Toronto Harbor, early nineteenth century

The Toronto and North York Hunt is proud of the long history of its pack of English foxhounds. Early in the nineteenth century, British military men, fond of sport, shipped hounds across the Atlantic to Fort York, which guarded Toronto Harbour on Lake Ontario. Not long after the City of Toronto was incorporated in 1834, we find mention of the Toronto Hunt. Between 1843 and 1869, eight of the hunt's nine Masters were army officers.

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# Guest 2017-08-15 07:34
I would like to read the history of the Toronto and North York Hunt. I am trying to ascertain if there was a connection to the Eglington Hunt. I lived on a farm on the South West corner of Finch and Leslie Street in Willowdale. I recall that there was a pony club on Leslie street just south of Cummer avenue and I think that it was the Toronto and North York PC. Ironically, my daughter Amanda Van Veen was a member of the club that went to Vancouver in either 92 or 93 for the Prince Phillip Cup games. Thank you in advance.
# Mary Pickard Winsor 2017-08-15 12:44
TNYH and Eglinton (now The Eglinton and Caledon Hunt) are sister clubs, in that both are the offspring of the Toronto Hunt that dates back to 1843 or before. It was the Eglinton Hunt that had its kennels at Leslie St and Cummer Ave, from 1945 to 1963, and it had an active pony club, which continued after its move to Caledon. I have this information from the book "75 Years - The Eglinton and Caledon Hunt" privately printed in 2007.
# Guest 2017-08-20 10:15
There is much more information, though it stops before your daughter's time, in a book titled "The Canadian Pony Club: History 1934-1982" by Zita Barbara May, privately printed paperback, 1982.

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