Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Jefferson "Tot" Goodwin whipped-in to Ben Hardaway for over twenty years, then in 1989 became huntsman of the Green Creek Hounds (SC). He’s the only black MFH in America. From a new book, Foxhunters Speak (The Derrydale Press, 2017), here is one of fifty interviews conducted by the author, Mary Kalergis.

Mary will be signing her books at the Virginia Foxhound Show in the Foxhunting Life booth. Come visit!

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My granddaddy and dad always hunted dogs, and I started hunting the beagles every weekend when I was about eight years old. Now my granddaddy was a horseman. He used to break and train horses right outside of Columbus, Georgia. He died before I was old enough to really ride, so as a kid, I never had the opportunity to ride any nice horses. My parents had mules that plowed the farm. As a little boy, I never heard of mounted foxhunting. We hunted coons, rabbit, and deer on foot and ate everything we caught. There were sixteen kids in my family, so we never wasted any food.

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+2 # C. Thompson Pardoe 2017-04-20 09:43
This article should be must reading for all that aspire to whip in!
I first met Tot some years ago when Goshen traveled south and had a joint meet with the Green Creek Hounds. When Tot showed me the kennels in the morning I was a bit surprised at the number of hounds. I asked Tot how many he would take out. She just smiled quietly and looked me in the eye and said "all of 'em". What a great huntsman and a consummate gentleman. He is a real asset to the sport.
Now to get him to come to Maryland!
# Nancy Mitchell 2017-04-20 09:57
I loved this article. Some of his thoughts and remarks made me feel like I have a clue. Thank you.
# Deborah K Bundy 2017-04-20 10:30
It's a pleasure whipping in for Tot. Great article.
# Joan Harvey Poskey 2017-04-20 10:45
Mary is one of our new Masters at Keswick Hunt Club. Her book is wonderful!
+1 # Mary Kalergis 2017-04-20 15:10
To quote Jordan Kicks, "I'd still like to know half of what he knows."
+1 # Ginny Howard 2017-04-20 15:18
It is a privilege hunting behind Tot and his hounds.
# Mary Kalergis 2017-04-20 15:19
Whoops! That would be Jordan Hicks (Piedmont huntsman) NOT Kicks.
# Guest 2017-04-21 08:46
a living legend
# Cynthia Milligan 2017-04-21 11:36
Yes, We at Green Creek are very privileged to have Tot as our Huntsman and MFH
# RJ WEST 2017-04-24 00:15
What a nice article! And how wonderful to see Dick Secor's name. I hunted with Dick for many years at Woodbrook, He was 'a true fox hunter' (one of his best compliments), and all around fabulous fellow. Not at all surprised that Dick would be the one to get Tot back to hunting.
# Guest 2017-10-08 16:05
It was my honor and pleasure to be able to whip into Tot back in the day. It's been an honor to be his friend.
# Guest 2017-10-08 19:53
It is really nice to see Tot get the recognition he so richly deserves. I do have to apologize for my "she" statement in my comment above. Not sure how that slipped through, but there is no "she" in Master Tot!

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