A cold but fun and informative day was had by those who turned up at the Beechland Foxhound Training Preserve this past Saturday. Those who did not attend, that was a shame as you missed a special, social event that you must plan on for next year.
A welcoming stirrup cup started the day off during which
Martyn "auctioned off" the puppies (thank you to all the competitive bidders) who were then attired in numbered vests for easier, long-distance identification.
Just Martyn and Sue were on horseback with the field members dressed up for the weather and walking.
Everyone got to hear hounds in full cry, as well as viewing plenty of healthy foxes, which gave the foot followers a new, totally different, perspective on hounds and hunting.
Hopefully, you have all got to see Melissa's excellent photographs that captured the day perfectly. melissawilliamsphotographs.smugmug.com
Once all the hounds were caught up and back in their trailer, everyone entered the Club House and were greeted by tables groaning with food and plenty of adult libations, thanks to the wonderful Kelley family!
"Potion" and "Martha" were named as joint winners of the best working puppy.
Franci and/or Hank were voted as having the tastiest hip flask concoction....well, maybe as no-one can really remember!
All proceeds and winnings were generously donated to the hounds which amounted to over $1,000. A great day!!