Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Scott-Neill-Pic
Huntsman Scott Neill

California’s West Hills foxhounds—organized sixty-three years ago by song-and-dance man Dan Dailey and boasting the late President Ronald Reagan as a founding member—were compelled to learn a new vocabulary disguised in a down under accent last season.

For the prior fifty-five years David Wendler, one of the most experienced huntsman ever to carry the horn, had led the West Hills Hounds over difficult and dry terrain, hunting a pack of independent-minded American hounds primarily of the July strain (with some Orange County red ring neck blood). When it came time for Wendler to retire, West Hills was in a quandary. How to keep up the high level of sport in what some believe to be the most demanding hunt country in North America?

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+1 # Cheryl Microutsicos 2010-07-24 08:34
The article remarks, "The West Hills country is so demanding,..." I have never hunted out West so I am just curious. What is the country like and what makes it so demanding? I wish Mr. Neill and West Hills another great season, and look forward to hearing more reports.
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