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2010 Hunt Roster

hunt-rosterIn cooperation with the Masters of Foxhounds Association, the 2010 Roster of Hunts in North America is now available on Foxhunting Life. Published this year as a supplement to Covertside magazine, the Hunt Roster may be viewed here electronically by going to the Resources drop-down menu and clicking on Hunt Roster under the Travel category.

As traveling foxhunters know, an up-to-date hunt roster is a must-have resource. The names and contact information for all Masters and Hunt Secretaries are available for requesting permission to hunt, and the days of the week that hounds go out facilitate trip planning.

Each hunt’s button, hunt colors, and the names of the huntsmen, whippers-in, and other hunt staff are shown. Location of kennels, the types and number of foxhounds in kennel, a description of the hunting country, and the dates of the season are also published.

The electronic version is easy to read and navigate, and we invite you to make good use of it.

Call for Art

NormanI’m anxious to develop FHL’s coverage of sporting art still further, and to that end FHL invites artists to send us a selection of their images along with a brief description of their artistic background, their achievements, goals, and what they try to communicate in their work. Artists, please educate us so that we may better appreciate your work and that of your fellow artists.

We will publish your message, and we will post a slide show of your paintings or sculptures along with a link to your website. You need not be an advertiser on this site. If we like your work, we will showcase it for the benefit and appreciation of our subscribers.

We will seek out artists we know and repeat this invitation. However, please don’t wait to be contacted. We’ve all heard the familiar quote, "Don’t call us; we’ll call you." Well, turn that one over. We invite you to call us before we call you!
September 26, 2010

Thoughts on Outriding

I was an outrider at the Blue Ridge Fall Races on Saturday. Besides the fact that I love sitting on a horse and that outriding is a great way to see the races, it’s also a habit. I’ve been doing it on the Woodley racecourse in Berryville, Virginia for twenty-five years. The sun was shining in a brilliant blue sky, my horse looked handsome, the hospitality tent was filled with delicious food, and all was right with the world. Until it wasn’t.

Early Morning Light

BRH-20100828-6874-DxOCubhunting is now underway in most hunting countries, and the early morning slanting light is a photographer’s wish come true. Some stunning photos are coming our way, and we will be sharing them with you. For a sample of Karen Myers’ photographic art on opening day of the Blue Ridge cubhunting season, click on Photo Gallery, under the Horse and Hound drop-down menu. Watch here for Old Dominion, Mill Creek, and other photo slide shows to follow.

Photographers, we invite you to submit 12–18 of your best shots in your hunting countries, include captions, and we will post them in our Gallery as slide shows with credit to you and links back to your email or website so others may find you.
September 8, 2010

Have Books; Will Travel

book_cover.webIn case you haven’t noticed, I have a new book out: Foxhunting Adventures: Chasing the Story. It’s a collection of thirty-two of my foxhunting stories, the earliest ones written over forty years ago. I’ll be signing books at various locations over the next few months, and if you’re in the neighborhood or are planning on attending any of the following events, please stop and say hello. Here’s my schedule as it stands now:

September 5: Hunt Night at the Warrenton Horse Show. I’ll be with Jan Neuharth and Vicki Moon who will be signing their books as well.
September 15 (10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.): Tri-County Feeds, Etc., Marshall, VA
September 17: Blue Ridge Fall Races Calcutta Night at Woodley, Berryville, VA
October 8: Locke’s Store wine tasting, Millwood, VA
October 18: Hunt Night at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA
October 27: Chevy Chase Club, Chevy Chase, MD
November 5: Belle Meade Opening Meet, Thomson, GA

Ring Happy

NormanWhat a response we had from our recent free hunting horn ring-tone offer! We thought it would be a fun way of celebrating the start of the new foxhunting season, and we were right. Here’s what some of you had to say:

Send me ‘doubling.’ I am enjoying your website immensely!
Ilove the ring-tones! I want them all. I am going to forward your email to all 600 of my ** fox hunting folks.
What a clever idea! Thank you.
I really have to say, hearing John Tabachka blow ‘Going Home’ is very moving. Really amazing, indeed.
I really enjoy your newsletter and website!
I’m a huge fan of John and his calls.
I am looking forward to driving my teenage children (and everyone else around me) crazy.

We’re happy everyone is having fun with it. Remember, however, if any of you forget to turn off your ringer while in the hunting field, and the huntsman’s wrath descends upon you, we don’t know you!
August 24, 2010

Where Do They Go?

Now that FHL has been riding the web for a couple of months, we’ve accumulated a list of articles that first appeared on the Home Page, but were gradually dropped off to make space for new material.

"Where do these articles go?" a couple of subscribers asked me recently. "Are they still available to be viewed and read?"

These articles are definitely still available, I replied. They can be found in their respective sections by subject, mostly under the Horse and Hound drop-down menu.

For example, past reports from the hunts and articles about hunting will be found under the Horse and Hound drop-down menu by clicking on Hunt Reports. Articles about foxhounds, hound shows, and puppy shows are accumulated under Horse and Hound in the Hounds section. Articles about new books, excerpts from old books, and poetry are collected in the Literature section. Articles describing Featured Properties are, you guessed it, under that very section. Even all my old blogs are retained under the same Horse and Hound drop-down in Norm Fine's Blog.

I hope all subscribers will choose their own rainy or dreary day to login and take the time to browse the various drop-down menus and become familiar with navigating FHL. We want you to get the most value, enjoyment, and information you can from your subscription.

Finally, don’t forget the Search Site function. Find it in the left-hand column of the Home Page under the Using FHL button. Type in a name, phrase, or key words and it will find all matching articles for you.
August 16, 2010