Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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stu grod2.julie stuart segerJulie Stuart Seger photoStuart Grod—popular field member of the Fairfield County Hounds (CT)—has retired after forty-three consecutive seasons hunting in the first flight. A retirement party was held in Stu’s honor at the hunt’s clubhouse on November 22, 2014, where well-known food and travel author Michael Stern read a poem he composed for the occasion.

"Build a bridge with your hands on the mane;"
"Trot smooth as you head for the jump;"
"Go light when your hands hold the reins;"
"And don't crowd on the lead horse's rump:"

Just some of Stu's tips I've acquired
Since I started to ride with you folks.
I'll miss you up there, you strange country squire
With your bright eyes, your wisdom, and jokes.

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# Michele Bonhag 2014-12-02 16:13
Stuart is the best! Not only an incredible teacher, but a true friend! Did you hear about all those years he won the hunter pace events? Some years riding it twice on two different horses! Thank you for taking me under your wing!

Love you, Stu!

# Scott Feinberg 2014-12-05 16:04
Thanks for acknowledging Stuart Grodd, a living legend who doesn't always get enough credit for his accomplishments ! Although he will be missed in the clubhouse and out riding, I have no doubt that he will continue to impress and amaze in his many other areas of expertise and achievement for many years to come.
# Eric F 2014-12-06 19:04
Lucky foxes.

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