Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Virtually every coop, bridge, landmark, or covert in the Belle Meade Hunt foxhunting country (GA) has a name, so that huntsman, mounted whippers-in, and road whips can accurately and concisely communicate the location and direction of hounds by radio for their safety. What does this have to do with the late Major Kindersley, MFH of Ontario's Eglinton and Caledon Hunt? Only that one of the coops very often in the middle of the hunting action at Belle Meade is named “Major Kindersley’s Coop,” and virtually everyone who has hunted at Belle Meade is familiar with the name. But what do many of today's younger foxhunters know of the man? Here's the Major's story.

major charles kindersley

Charles Kindersley was born in Dorset, England, in 1900, and grew up with the traditional family pony in the South Dorset hunting country. When World War I broke out, the nearby army camp had to give up its beagle pack. The hounds were rescued by the local vet who, after seeing Charles’ interest, let him hunt the pack. This bit of experience would turn out to be highly valuable to the future Eglinton Hunt in Ontario, Canada.

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# Denya Massey 2021-02-23 13:56
Enjoyed seeing this again! Thanks!
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# Christine Tartaglia 2021-02-25 10:17
Worked for him at Eglinton & Caledon with my ex-husband for 3 seasons. Lovely man and a brilliant hound man. We have some of the best hounds in north America both in looks and in hunting abilities. They were all the Major's breeding.
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# Peter Grady 2021-02-25 12:51
What a great read ! Many things here I did not know. Ms Kindersley Dole I have had the pleasure of meeting while out with the ECH and a most interesting and gracious woman she is. I am very pleased she continues to show interest in the ECH.
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# georgia van fossen 2021-06-04 09:39
interesting article-thank you!
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