A Thanksgiving Tradition at Blue Ridge
- By Lance LeClair
Slip into the saddle with Megan Corp as she takes her own line over the hedges of Somerset with the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Foxhounds.
Wait! Tighten your girth.
Here’s a view through the helmet-cam of a day with the Blackmore Vale (UK)—a hunting country where riders are free to take their own line over the hedges. Catch a ride with this young lady from Virginia jumping the hedges for the first time. Is she tickled, or what?
Posted March 8, 2014
Photographer Adrian Jennings has discovered a unique way to follow hounds. Enjoy this short video clip of the Mooreland Hunt foxhounds in Alabama.
Posted April 8, 2014
Photographer Phil Audibert in Gordonsville, Virginia has been practicing his artistry with the still camera in the hunting field for some time. Recently he’s been experimenting with the video camera. Here’s the Keswick Hunt (VA) in action with views of the hunted fox, Keswick’s pack of American hounds in full cry, and staff and field galloping and jumping to stay with hounds.
Irish-born Tony Gamell is the huntsman, and the background music, appropriately, is an Irish reel called The Star of Munster. Click to see more videos and photo galleries on Phil’s website.
Posted May 19, 2014
As the owner of a multi-media production studio, Steve Toepp knows what he wants to convey in his foxhunting videos but he finds it to be a challenging task.
“Filming while mounted is the most difficult type of videography I have ever encountered,” Toepp says. “I am trying to develop riding techniques that keep the camera flowing smoothly. GoPros have good optics but bad sound if kept in the housing, so I usually use a hand-held and a helmet cam. It helps to grow eyes in the side of your head so that when you are shooting the person running beside you, you don’t run into a tree or ravine.”
Toepp is a member of the Battle Creek Hunt Club in Augusta, Michigan, where he was awarded his colors. He learned to ride in the hunting field at the age of forty-seven. The advice he got from his sister, whipper-in Kathleen Neuhoff, and his fellow field members was, hold on tight and don’t interfere with the horse; the horse knows what to do and will take care of you.
“They were right,” says Toepp, “and I fell in love with foxhunting.”
This video features hunts with the County Roscommon, North Tipperary, County Galway (The Blazers), and the Flowerhill Equestrian Center.
Posted May 31, 2014