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chad wilkes.performance trial in ncPerformance Trial huntsman Chad Wilkes in North Carolina   /   Lucy Kelsey photo

The Aiken Hounds (SC) needed a huntsman, and Chad Wilkes was available. Sounds simple enough, but it really wasn’t. The story is in the hows and whys of it: the perfect timing, the perfect match, and how it all meshes so perfectly.

In 1914 many of the most adventurous men and women of American sporting legend organized the Aiken Drag—wealthy northerners Louise Eustis Hitchcock, MFH and huntsman; her husband Thomas Hitchcock, known today as the father of steeplechase racing in America; son Tommy Hitchcock Jr., who ranks with his father as one of the greatest American polo players of all time; plus the Belmonts, Vanderbilts, and Whitneys.

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# Cheryl Tyson 2020-07-30 09:42
Congratulations to Chad Wilkes! I can’t think of a better person for the job. It is a pleasure to know him and his wonderful family of Belle Meaders! Cheryl Tyson, Belle Meade Member
# Gary Wilkes 2020-07-30 12:52
Couldn't be more proud of my boy ! Sometimes children turn out good in spite of their parents !! Thank you to Master Linda and the whole Aiken crew for taking him in.
# Judith Wilson 2020-07-30 13:25
All of us "Belle Meaders" are so happy for Chad and for Aiken Hounds!! Congrats to everyone involved!!
# Guest 2020-08-08 13:20
Congrats to Chad, the Wilkes family and the Aiken Pack!

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