Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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jim atkins2Douglas Lees photoJim Atkins, the well-known and greatly admired native Virginian huntsman, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, after suffering a heart attack. Although Jim had retired from hunting hounds, he was highly respected as a judge of foxhounds, most recently judging the Crossbred Ring at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show earlier this month.

Jim served as professional huntsman for the Old Dominion Hounds (1978–1987), the Piedmont Fox Hounds (1987–1989), and finally the Warrenton Hunt (1993–2005).

“Jim has to be recognized as one member of that exceptional group of natural huntsmen from Rappahannock and upper Fauquier Counties,” said Dr. Will Allison, ex-MFH of Warrenton. “As boys, they grew up hunting to put food on the table. They developed an innate feeling for game.”

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# Denya Dee Leake 2013-06-28 16:15
Old Dominion Hounds is hosting a trail ride for the Atkins family on Saturday, July 13. All the profits will go straight to the Atkins family. The trail ride will be held at the Hunter Trial Field in Orlean, Virginia (where the kennels are located). The address is 6692 Leeds Manor Road Marshall, Va. Parking will be in the big field opposite the kennels. All are welcome. $25 per person and any donations after that are greatly received. Any questions or concerns please contact Bird Mattingley at 540-729-3631. Thank you for the support.
# Denya Dee Leake 2013-06-29 11:45
CORRECTION!! It will be $50 per person and donations after that are greatly received. ALL of the money is going to the family for support through this very hard time.
# Laura Hunt 2013-07-05 13:31
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Such a wonderful man: quiet but friendly, gentle yet strong with people as well as his hounds.
My condolences to K.T.

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