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 where the action is by radio. What does this have to do with the late Major Kindersley, MFH of Ontario's Eglinton Caledon Hunt? Only that one of the coops very often in the middle of the hunting action is named “Major Kindersley’s Coop,” and virtually everyone who has hunted at Belle Meade is familiar with the name. Here's the Major's story.

major charles kindersley

In 1919, George Beardmore, MFH of the Toronto and North York Hunt (ON), bought the old World War I aerodrome land on Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue for the purpose of setting up a riding establishment, including a drag pack. Most of the Toronto and North York members lived in Toronto and travelled the twenty-five miles to the kennels in Aurora only on weekends. These new facilities gave members the opportunity to ride during the week, hunt with the drag pack, and still keep up with their day’s work at the office. Over the years that pack became known as the Eglinton Hunt. Between the wars, the Eglinton Hunt also acquired land on Leslie Street north of Toronto.

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# C. Thompson Pardoe 2018-01-25 11:02
But why is a coop in Belle Mead country named for the Major? Is it simply to acknowledge and honor this great hound breeder and huntsman?
# Gretchen Pelham 2018-01-26 09:59
Why is a coop in Belle Meade Hunt country (GA) named after Major Charles Kindersley, MFH, Eglinton and Caledon Hunt (ON)? asks Tom Pardoe, MFH. I asked Epp Wilson, MFH, Belle Meade, and here’s the story:

Gus Schickedanz, a Joint-Master of Eglinton and Caledon loved visiting and hunting with Belle Meade back when Master James Wilson (Epp’s father) was actively hunting. On one of those visits, Gus brought his foxhunting mentor and senior Master Major Kindersley. Master James lent the Major his own favorite hunter, Balthazar, for the day. At some point, Master James turned to see the Major and Balthazar sailing effortlessly over a coop—the Major sitting ramrod straight and vertical in the saddle—“like an Officer of the British Regiment,” exclaimed Master James. From then on, it was “Major Kindersley’s Coop.” In the area, there is also “Major Kindersley’s Corner” and Major Kindersley’s Hill”!
# C. Thompson Pardoe 2018-01-26 10:26
A wonderful explanation. Thank you both Norman and Epp.

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