Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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larry pitts.karen kandraHuntsman Larry Pitts with the foxhounds of the Potomac Hunt (MD) / Karen Kandra Wenzel photo

Professional huntsman Larry Pitts was recognized at the recent MFHA Staff Seminar held in Lexington, Kentucky, April 12 to 13, 2014. After a dinner for the two hundred attendees, Larry was presented with the annual Ian Milne Award for his exceptional contributions to the sport of foxhunting.

While the sport of foxhunting may, as many say, revolve around the foxhound, I suggest that the heart and soul of our sport is the professional huntsman. Professionals like Larry preserve the superlative foxhound bloodlines for breeding, and they maintain the standards for the care and training of hounds in kennel and the handling of hounds in the field. All hunts—whether high-octane or small farmer’s pack—and all huntsmen—whether professional or amateur—benefit from their breeding acumen and their examples of practice.

Here is a real-life example of how the professional huntsman exerts his or her influence upon our sport in kennels far beyond his own. Epp Wilson, MFH and huntsman of the Belle Meade Hunt (GA), reached back to his teen years and his first meeting with Larry Pitts in this vignette.

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+1 # karen wenzel 2014-04-25 12:13
Thanks for featuring my photo in this very nice piece about Larry. I am honored to follow and photograph the Potomac pack as often as possible. This award is very well-deserved!!

Karen Kandra Wenzel
# Sandra Dixon 2014-04-27 16:21
Larry is an awesome huntsman and a great friend. He has been very help to us at Brazos Valley Hounds (Tx) and we appreciate him. Sandy Dixon
+1 # C. Thompson Pardoe 2014-04-29 19:32
Larry Pitts is as deserving an individual for the Ian Milne award as could be imagined. It has been my pleasure to come to know Larry as a member and Master of a neighboring hunt. We could hardly ask for a more helpful person. Whether we need a puppy, need to draft out a bitch, need a breeding to his impeccable stallion hounds, or simply consultation on hunting, Larry is always there with sound direct advice or support. Lest we forget, Larry has a tremendous support network not just from the Masters at Potomac, but two ladies named Peggy and Laura. Quite a team!

Goshen Hounds MFH

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