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Welcome to the Princess Anne Hunt

(est. 1927)
Foxhunting the Historic James River Plantations

Founded in 1927 and recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) in 1937, Princess Anne Hunt (PAH) is located in Charles City County and our Hunt Territory extends from Richmond to Williamsburg and from King William County to Suffolk.

Princess Anne Hunt is privileged to hunt the beautiful farmlands and historic plantations along the James River. We welcome visitors and if you are interested in riding with us or visiting a hunt on foot, please contact one of us.

Princess Anne Hunt meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays (Sundays during the deer hunting season) from October through March.  The Hunt maintains approximately 25 couple  of Old English, English and Crossbred fox hounds with kennels and stables located on the grounds of Sherwood Forest Plantation in the heart of the Hunt’s present day territory.

  • Sunday, August 29, 2021 9:01 AM | Travis Gibson (Administrator)


    Members, guests and landowners can look forward to beautiful fixtures, new twists to time-honored traditions, as well as some new activities. As always, details for each will be shared on the PAH website, through direct emails, and Facebook.  Mark your calendar for the following:

    Stock the Bar party on Sunday, August 29th, 4-8 pm-

    Thanks to all who helped stock Mark Wenger's Landowner's Bar for the Hunt year and Debbie and Doug Hackman for hosting a great party-  Dancing on the James.     

    Festival of Foxhunting on Saturday, September 25th

    An expanded version of our annual Hunt educational seminar includes MFHA Executive Director Andrew as keynote speaker, a tack exchange, and more. This is a great opportunity for riders, hunt supporters and anyone interested in the sport to learn more. Also, that day, we will distribute our first ever ‘21-‘22 Hunt Season Booklet as a reference for the year.

    Newcomers’ Day on Saturday, October 2nd

    A special opportunity for festival participants and others new to foxhunting to become oriented to foxhunting in the field.

    Fall Hunter Pace on Sunday, October 31st 

    Word got out about the amazing Hunter pace course that Martyn and the Masters designed at the kennels this past Spring, and we were invited, for the first time ever, to participate in the Virginia Fall Hunter Pace series. 

    Opening Meet on Sunday, November 7th

    Opening meet at 10:00 am at Sherwood Forest Plantation. Thanks to Bonnie Smallwood for planning the Stirrup Cup; and Marcy Molinaro and Cherylle Lang for planning the Hunt Breakfast with the Events Committee.

    Puppy Auction and Performance Trials at Beechland Fox Preserve on Saturday, November 13th

    Potluck lunch with the ever-popular “Flask-Tasting Contest” to follow. This is Martyn and Sue's baby.

    Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 11th

    Normal day of hunting from the PAH Kennels, followed by a formal Hunt Breakfast at 6 pm in the Hunt Room at the Cavalier Hotel.  Black tie; scarlet if convenient. Dinner, Whiskey tastings, caroling and merrymaking, a la Dr. Charles Bonner. Special hotel room rate for PAH until November 19th.

    Boxing Day Hunt on Sunday, December 26th at Westover Plantation

    Returning to Historic Westover again this year to raise a cup of cheer at the Stirrup Cup preceding a robust hunt and hearty Breakfast to follow at Cul’s Courthouse Grill, Charles City.  An opportunity to join friends and members to share holiday stories, ring in the New Year, and celebrate Martyn and Sue. 

    Hunting Fixtures

    Ratcatcher dress is expected during Cubbing season in October and on Wednesdays during the formal season, November 7th-March 11. Formal dress is on weekends. This year, we will continue to encourage our fabulous potluck breakfasts following all hunts. Once per month, including Opening Meet, Closing Meet and Boxing Day, Marcy Molinaro’s Events Committee will be offering a Stirrup Cup along with guided car hill-topping. Those Hunts will be a particularly fun, educational, and immersive experience for guests, Hunt Supporters, and non-riders.


    The Board formally votes on members the 3rd Tuesday of each month. If you are interested in joining, applications are on the website and questions can be directed to Membership Chair, Christine Sweet at chrissweet3943@aol.com.  

  • Friday, June 04, 2021 8:33 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who participated in the 2021 Fall Hunter pace held on Sunday, October 31st.  Results are shown below:

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 8:46 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce our Princess Anne Hunt Merchandise Page! The merchandising team has been busy working on a new variety of PAH logo offerings that are ready for you to purchase!

    In the apparel department, we have terrific PAH logo items, including polo shirts made of performance fabric that are perfect for riding. For dining outside this fall, enjoy sweatshirts, vests and two types of insulated jackets that perfectly fit the bill. All apparel items have the PAH logo done in a colorful embroidery by Paddock Threads, purveyor of monogrammed and embroidered linens and custom apparel.

    We also have a smattering of choices in the home décor department! From hemstitched linen cocktail napkins and guest towels to tumblers to wine totes, we’ve got just the thing for tailgates, hunt balls and everything in between!   

    The best part? These items will be shipped directly to you so there’s no need to wait for a meet or social function to enjoy them!   

    So, please indulge in a bit of retail therapy. A portion of every purchase goes to our hound cookie fund! And why not? We’ve got something for every taste!

    For questions or comments, please contact Mary Finney (mhfinney@aol.com) or Franci Wayland (franciwayland@me.com)


    Tally Ho!

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