Radnor Hunt is one of the Philadelphia region's most cherished country institutions. Founded in 1883 and surrounded by 6,000 acres of preserved open space in Willistown Township, Radnor Hunt is the oldest continuous hunt club in the United States. It is also recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America. However, you don't have to foxhunt -- or even be an equestrian -- to be a member of Radnor Hunt!
Located in Chester County, Radnor Hunt sits on 100 acres of rolling, pastoral countryside. We are committed to preserving the nature and beauty of our local environment and support multiple land conservancy organizations via special events such as the Radnor Races.
Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds (PA), founded in 1912, are celebrating their Centennial this season. W. Plunkett Stewart, a Philadelphia banker, set out to find the perfect hunting country and settled on the rolling hills, rich pastureland and extensive woods around Unionville. As what in modern terms could be classed as a committed environmentalist, he purchased thousands of acres of land and, before reselling, amended deeds to restrict development and nurture conservancy, clean water, and natural habitat. As a result of his efforts and the culture of conservation he passed on, the Cheshire hunting country today boasts thirty square miles and twenty-six thousand acres free from ribbon residential and commercial development that has allowed foxhunting and National Hunt racing to thrive.
The tenth annual Junior North American Field Hunter Championship competition is in the offing with this year’s finals scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the Radnor Hunt in Chester County, Pennsylvania. What started in Virginia has now spread to neighboring mid-Atlantic states and the number of participating hunts continues to grow.
More than a competition, the main purposes are to expose foxhunters eighteen years of age and younger to a variety of hunting countries, to instill in their young minds the importance of open space preservation if our sport is to continue beyond their lifetimes, and to stress suitability of mount to rider. The concept was hatched ten years ago by Douglas Wise-Stuart, MFH and Iona Pillion, both renowned for their junior foxhunting programs.
Wiederseim Associates, the Chester Springs, Pennsylvania auction house, will offer items from the collection of the late Christian Hueber, MFH of the Radnor Hunt on April 7, 2012 at Griffith Hall, Ludwig's Corner Fire Company in Glenmoore.
Hueber, who succumbed in 2005 after a long battle with cancer , was a popular and passionate sportsman. Among the items from his collection to be auctioned are two dozen lots of foxhunting and sporting books; several Staffordshire fox-head stirrup cups, likely to bring low-three-figure prices; Radnor Hunt watercolors; and a striking oil-on-canvas painting of two fighting roosters by the British artist Stephen Elmer (1717-1796). The painting has a presale estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.
Click for David Iams’s complete article in the Inquirer.
Posted April 1, 2012
George S. Hundt Sr., MFH of the Radnor Hunt (PA) for twenty-two years, died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of eighty-one on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hundt made his home at Braeburn Farm in Malvern.
Mr. Hundt rode, hunted, and showed horses from an early age. His mother, Rebecca, was a Master of the Princess Anne Hunt (VA) in the 1930s.
While Master at Radnor, Mr. Hundt was responsible for the hound breeding program. After retiring from the Mastership in 1990, he continued to follow hounds for another ten years.
Mr. Hundt served as district director of the MFHA, president of the American Foxhound Club, and president of the Bryn Mawr Hound Show Association.
He was a longtime stockbroker and retired from UBS as vice president in 2002.
Click for the complete obituary by Inquirer Staff Writer Sally A. Downey in Philly.com.
Posted March 19, 2012
With more than two hundred entries, organizers Douglas Wise, MFH Old Dominion Hounds (VA), and Iona Pillion, Blue Ridge Hunt (VA), were thrilled to observe that the 2011 Junior North American Field Hunter Championship drew the biggest fields to date in the nine years of this unique trial. The program listed twenty-one finalists in Hilltoppers, twenty-two in First Field 12 & Under, and twenty-one in First Field 13 & Over. On November 6, 2011, trailers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia gathered in the heart of the Warrenton Hunt country for what is turning into a huge event that bodes well for the future of foxhunting.