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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Written by Katherine Mitchell

    Many thanks to all volunteers, auction donors and bidders who made the 96th annual hunt ball such an enjoyable evening and successful fundraiser. Together, we entertained  a record 142 landowners, members and guests, and raised a record $42,000 for the hounds! How wonderful to be able to secure the funds needed to supplement our membership dues while having so much fun! The caterer was impressed by the amount of wine and spirits we drank. Thank you Ed Mitchell and Troy Arnold for making sure we had enough for the evening!

    Dee Dee Mausteller, MFH, was recognized by the Masters for her years of service and given a silver tray from the Board of Directors on behalf of the membership as a parting gift as she retires as Master this year. Dee Dee is moving out of the area to North Carolina, but will remain a member... and on speed dial.

    Natasha and Brian Gealey did an excellent job, with Merri Musso and Sue Blackmore's photos, putting together a slideshow of photos from our season of hunting. Thank you Joe Svetina and Julia Bowman for letting us use some of your photos as well. When you watch the slideshow, please note the donors of our 12 auction items and the Hunt Ball volunteers who are recognized in the beginning.  Thank you to Marcy Molinaro who served as Hunt Ball Chair through January; oversaw the live auction; and worked with Linda Wenger, our invite designer, who came up with the graphics for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme.

    One of the evening's highlights was the debut of a video that Master Ed Mitchell made with daughter Carolyn featuring scenes from the season:

    View "A Day in the Life of Hunting" Video HERE

    Our professional photographer, Ben White, the son of landowners’ Briscoe and Kenan White joined us once again this year to capture portraits of everyone in their formalwear and folks enjoying the Ball and dinner:

    Hunt Ball Image Gallery  

    You will notice the elegant Orchid centerpieces and Tiffany’s truffle party favors, inspired and made by Liz Elwell and Robin Somers-Strom with help from Robin Daniels. The live auction displays were designed by Christine Sweet with help from Judee and Gil Calkins. The band, En’novation, secured by Debbie and Doug Hackman was a blast and the dance floor was full until they finished at 11 pm.

    Our signature blue champagne cocktail, Tiffany mimosas, set an elegant tone as everyone walked into Burlington, many for the first time. Burlington is a beautiful event venue right in the middle of our hunt territory. We were so lucky to have Madison Land who works at Burlington every day helping us to set up and break down; working with the caterer; and making sure that things ran smoothly the night of the event.

    After the Ball, members opened their homes to folks to reduce the drive. We were lucky to have Rivers Rest close by as well. Many thanks to Granville for offering a discounted room rate AND transportation for guests to go safely to and from the Ball.

    It was an elegant end to our 96th Hunt Season, and we look forward to more fun with Princess Anne Hunt in the coming months. We’ll stay in touch through e-mail, our website and Facebook.

    Hunt Ball Portrait Image Gallery

  • Sunday, March 26, 2023 7:02 PM | Deleted user

    Written by Mary Finney

    March 11, 2023 dawned chilly and breezy, but the sun was shining and excitement was high as dozens of horses and riders, as well as spectators gathered at Sherwood Forest for the Closing Meet of Princess Anne Hunt’s 96th season. This date was also the 90th birthday of the late Mrs. Paynie Tyler, a life-long patroness of our Hunt, to whom we will be forever grateful for her generosity and enduring, passionate support. The Tyler family continues to be a vital and treasured part of Princess Anne Hunt and we are so appreciative of their hosting us for Closing Meet. A prayer of remembrance and thanksgiving was offered and a wreath placed in Paynie’s honor.

    The morning started with a wonderful Stirrup Cup at the Overseers’ Cottage, featuring delicious savory and sweet canapés, mimosas and port wine. Bonnie Smallwood, Brad Smallwood, Jaime Reid, Dennis and Liz Elwell, Kris Goekeritz, Nijole Bailey, and Brian Gealey passed refreshments to riders and guests, which were much enjoyed.

    Two awards for exemplary service to the Hunt were given that morning. The Whitehurst Award, which is given annually to the member who has shown dedication and service to the Hunt over a period of many years, was presented to Katherine Mitchell, our brilliant and hard working President.

    The newly christened Mausteller Award commemorates our own retiring MFH, Dee Dee Mausteller, who was an invaluable leader for our hunt for over two decades. This award will be given annually to a staff member who has shown consistent dedication and excellent service to the Huntsman, hounds, and the sport. This year it was presented to Mrs. Allison Harcourt, who has been a member of PAH since the 1970’s and is an irreplaceable asset with her vast experience and knowledge of all things hunting and hounds.

    Two riding members were awarded their colors that morning: Mrs. Kris Goeckeritz and Mr. Steve Musso. Well done, and well deserved! Last, but not least, three junior members were presented the MFHA’s Fairly Hunted Award, which is recognizes achievement of youth 16 years old and under, in participating in mounted hunting with hounds at least 5 times during the season. Congratulations to Aly Corbett, Keira Courtney, and John Savage!

    Hunting Report:

    For the hounds, scenting on this windy day was difficult, and for the staff, hearing the hounds and the huntsman’s horn, was a challenge. As has become customary, when leaving the meet from Sherwood Forest, respects were paid to Paynie Tyler in the family cemetery. Martyn worked the hounds towards Lyon’s Den, and after about 45 minutes, was drawing through the recently cutover timber at Lyon’s Den working the lower ground that was more sheltered from the wind. The hounds found just south of the cutover and were quickly in full cry. But within seconds, the music had been drowned out by the wind – all we could hear was the sound of the tree tops thrashing in the winds. After a false start towards the river, we realized that the quarry – a coyote - had crossed Tyler’s Creek and was headed east towards Fort Pocahontas with the hounds in pursuit. It would be a 3 mile gallop for the field to double back to the crossing and try catch up. By noon, Martyn and staff had checked at Fort P. to collect hounds up together. A couple of hounds were able to stay on the coyote’s trail and were eventually picked up seven miles east at Sandy Point!

    Second Flight and Mounted Hilltoppers made their way to the large and sumptuous Tailgate at the entrance to Lions Den where our hunt supporters greeted the field with smiles and refreshments. There were close to 50 spectators braving the wind and enjoying the pageantry. Kudos and many thanks to the organizers and volunteers for that: Sean and Therese O’Grady, Kris Goeckeritz, Vanessa Roselli, Mark Wenger, and so many others.

    Meanwhile, back at Fort P., by 12:30, hounds had been gathered, and Martyn hunted back towards home. The hounds found between Sturgeon Point Road and Tyler’s Creek in heavy cover. But again, the wind made it impossible to hear the hounds, and with the thick cover, the quarry soon slipped away. With the wind still blowing hard and conditions difficult, the Masters called it a day and hounds were taken back to the kennels and First flight hacked back to the trailers. A busy day with many miles covered and at least two coyotes viewed.

    After returning to the trailers at Sherwood Forest and making the horses warm and comfortable, Jen Martin and Master Travis kept an eye on our horses, so riders could head down the road to Breakfast at Indian Fields Tavern for a lovely catered breakfast. Kris Goeckeritz greeted us at the door; Debbie and Doug Hackman provided a fabulous musical duo, Featherstone and Tiller, that we enjoyed while chatting around the fire pit; drinking libations from the Indian Fields Bar Wagon; and enjoying the delicious buffet provided by owners Debbie and Pat Weller. All in all, it was a wonderful day of good sport and good friends! Here’s to another season!

    Please enjoy the photos of Closing Meet and others taken all year long by Joe Svetina and Julia Bowman found at under “Events”.

    Thank you Joe and Julia!

  • Monday, January 30, 2023 11:07 AM | Deleted user

    On a beautiful day for hunting; riders, horses, hounds and guests gathered on the front field of Evelynton Plantation for a delightful stirrup cup to start the day off.  All moved off as Huntsman Martyn Blackmore hunted some of Evelynton Plantation and continued on to the Ruffins Big Buckland. Car followers witnessed with perfect views of the days hunt from the topside of all the rolling fields of Big Buckland.

    An abundant tailgate with lavish foods and drink adorned in silver was set up by the amazing event team of Steve and Merri Musso, Katherine Mitchell, Brett Whitsitt, Kim and Mark Burnett, Natasha and Brian Gaeley, Emily and Ed Pease, Vanessa Roselli, Brett, Gen Hahn, Kathy Huntsinger, Mary Stuart and "Leroy" the fox, Mary Pugh, and Amy and Kenzie Zydel. Many thanks for such a great team effort making the day delightful.

    The hunt joined the tailgate on their way home . Then back to Evelynton for another extravagant potluck breakfast to top the wonderful day. No one went home hungry or thirsty.


    Thanks to PAH and Cedarview farm for sponsoring the stirrup cup and tailgate. Much gratitude extended to our landowners Jeanine Hinson and the Ruffins.


  • Sunday, January 15, 2023 1:12 PM | Deleted user

    And the Tyler family for sharing their family history with Princess Anne Hunt members and guests. Each tour was at capacity and all guests were thrilled to learn anecdotes about President Tyler; stories about  the enslaved who supported the family; information about an 1842 foxhunt and breakfast; a view from the back patio that used to be of the river a mile away; information about Fannie, the enslaved woman who took care of the president's 15 children, beautiful portraits of the president, and our own Harrison, Paynie, William and Kay;  a good ghost story; and more.

    Thank you William and Kay Tyler for inviting us in!



  • Thursday, December 22, 2022 6:00 AM | Deleted user

    The Tally Ho Ho Ho on December 10th was a huge success!

    Ninety attendees either on horseback, walking, side by sides, horse drawn carriages, and cars followed along Christmas caroling at five homes and the Vineyard. We started out at Doug & Debbie Hackman’s home then made our way through the trail to Jim & Mandy Peterson’s, Bill and Diane Nordt’s, Tom & Julie Waitman’s served Hot Chocolate, Shirley Plantation where Charles & Lauren Carter served hot cider & cookies, and lastly Upper Shirley Vineyard where Santa Clause, patrons, and Suzy Dameron came out to greet us while we sang Christmas carols to them.

    Back to the Hackman’s home for a wonderful breakfast river side. The Eggnog contest was tasty. Doug & Debbie’s recipe from Venezuela won first place, Robin Daniel’s came in second, and Ed Mitchell’s third place.

    We had a little incident with Hackman’s horse carriage and an attendees car but Farm Bureau Insurance taking care of everything.

    This was one of the best attended events and fun was had by all!! Thank you all for attending and for making the holidays so much more fun!!!

    See more pictures from the festivities here: Tally Ho Ho Ho Gallery

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2022 1:21 PM | Deleted user

    The puppies had a great day of training Saturday at the Beechland Preserve. Many in attendance witnessed our hounds and puppies chasing foxes up close and personal, as we spent the morning foxhunting on foot. Thank you to our puppy sponsors who donated more than $1800 for the hounds: Mary Finney, Lisa Langenhennig, Kathy and Mark Giewant, Jeanine Hinson, Ed and Katherine Mitchell, Merri and Steve Musso, Christel and Doug Stanley, Tim Watson, and, of course, Jerel Johnson who sponsored the "best in show" for the day, Mischief.

    And thank you, Jerel, for sharing your winnings with PAH! Kris G donated a delicious homemade breakfast buffet of soups and entrees with help from The Awesome Event Committee which included coordinator Merri Musso, Helen Bingham, Kathy Giewant, Lisa Langenhennig, Allison Harcourt, Theresa Gregory, Jeanine Hinson, Tim Watson. Thank you all for your hard work! Out of 8 total entries, the flask contest was won resoundingly by Sue Blackmore (Recipe coming next week). Anne Wilson Gregory won 2nd place with her Thanksgiving Margarita, and will end our enews with that recipe.


    Thanksgiving Margarita,  Anne Wilson Gregory

    To make ONE single margarita:

    2 ounces apple cider

    1.5 ounces pear nectar

    1.5 ounces gold tequila

    1 ounce triple sec

    Cinnamon stick garnish (Pete Sweet discovered that it enhances flavor if cinnamon stick steeps a bit)

    Coat rim of glass in simple sugar liquid first; then press into cinnamon sugar.


  • Monday, November 21, 2022 1:42 PM | Deleted user

    Our 2022-2023 season is off to a great start! We had a beautiful day and hosted 53 riders and about 100 guests. Tim Porter started us off with the Blessing of the Hounds and many people. Ed Mitchell led first flight, Jim Daniels 2nd flight, and Christine Sweet 3rd flight. Betsy Padgett put out a beautiful and delicious tailgate with her friends and help from our team and Sean O'Grady. Cate and Mike Macknight made a delicious breakfast.

    A special thanks to the Tyler family for hosting and Annique and the Sherwood Forest team for their support, along with our event team for the day. This included: Judee Calkins, Robin Daniels, Annique Dunning, Mary Finney, Brian Gealey, Dee Dee Mausteller, Katherine Mitchell, Betsy Padget, David Perryman, Anne Robinson, Vanessa Roselli, Kay Tyler, Mark and Linda Wenger. Lastly, Robin Daniels provided a lot of great PAH merchandise for Opening Day!

    See the Opening Day Hunt Image Gallery!

    photo credit Christoper Smith

     Click on the image to see more photos!

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022 8:18 PM | Deleted user

    What a fantastic day for a ride in the hills of beautiful Charles City County, VA! With 90 riders and 27 teams! This was the largest turnout ever for PAH and as a qualifying event for the Virginia Fall Hunter Pace Series, it will count for year-end placings! 


    The event was held at the PAH Kennels with perfect footing and mother nature was kind to us this year with sunshine and cool weather! Leaves were in brilliant color making for a spectacular ride and lovely images!!! There were 4 divisions and ribbons awarded for the following:

    • Fastest time over fences
    • Optimum time over fences
    • Fastest time on the flat
    • Optimum time on the flat

    Congratulations to ALL who completed the event! It was an exciting  ~7 miles on well-marked trails through open farmland, river frontage, and woodlands in the heart of our hunt country.  


    For more info on the VA Fall Hunter Pace Series:

    Download a pdf here:


    To our members and volunteers that made this event possible! 

    Martyn Blackmore – Course Set Up

    Jerel Johnson – Trail Committee

    Troy Arnold

    Rob Bingham

    Theresa Burton

    Sue Blackmore

    Courtenay Cohen

    Keira Courtney

    Alex Cromer

    Martha Culpepper

    Doug Dickerson

    Mary Finney

    Ryan Fitzgerald

    Travis Gibson

    Kathy Giewont

    Kris Goeckeritz

    Theresa Gregory

    Doug & Debbie Hackman

    Allison & Sparky Harcourt

    Patrick McCarthy

    Ashley & Will McOrmand

    Carolyn Mitchell

    Ed Mitchell

    Katherine Mitchell

    Angie Pfieifer

    Cynthia Porter

    Claudia Sands

    Evan Savage

    John Savage

    Sophia Savage

    Liz Stack

    Tempie Stamer

    Robin & Eric Strom

    Joe Svetina

    Christine Sweet

    Rachel Toquothy

    Mark Wenger

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 8:27 AM | Deleted user

    Princess Anne Hunt loves the landowners who make the tradition of foxhunting possible in this region. As an enthusiastic partner in helping to preserve the historic character of Charles City, we are sharing with you some of the events that these special properties offer year-round. We hope these experiences will give you an even deeper appreciation for where we are privileged to ride.

    Rivers Rest Marina & Resort--Visit Yogi Singh and team's resort where you can spend the weekend at the Inn; dine at the Blue Heron Restaurant; or enjoy the marina and amenities--all on the Chickahominy River.

    Sherwood Forest--Plan to join us for a PAH member tour of Sherwood Forest led by Kay and William Tyler's daughter Frances on the afternoon of Sunday, January 8th. This tour will be inclusive of stories, recently researched by Frances, of the enslaved who lived there.

    Historic Shirley-Check out their website HERE for a full calendar of of unique themed tours that Charles and Lauren Carter have put together, including Haunted Tours until Halloween; a Veterans Day tour; Sunset Tours, Holiday Candlelight tours, and more.

    Upper Shirley Vineyard- Enjoy delicious wine at Suzy Dameron and son Tayloe's Upper Shirley Vineyard while listening to live music on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year from 12-3 pm. Special events will include an Artisan Market on Black Friday and Santa Brunch on 12/17 and 12/18. Event details and info about their new wine club are on the website HERE.

    Historic Westover- You've perhaps enjoyed the grounds at Westover for Boxing Day and other hunts with Rob and Andrea Erda and Fred and Muschi Fisher. Consider bringing guests year-round to enjoy the grounds and gardens. They are open daily, 10am – 4:30pm. Admission is a small donation at the entry gate. Tours are Thursday, Oct 27 at 12:30pm and Friday, Oct 28 at 11am or you can schedule an interior tour by emailing Andrea at

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 6:00 AM | Deleted user

    The Festival of Foxhunting was a terrific success with almost 100 members and guests in attendance.

    The morning began cool and bright then warmed up for all to enjoy the beginnings of autumn and a lively hound walk with Huntsman Martyn Blackmore and Sue Blackmore sharing with many of us who joined for their morning constitutional! Entertaining and educating us with facts about the history of foxhounds, training and introducing us to many of the super friendly hounds all wagging their sterns eagerly to engage with their supporters! Members were invited to join them for a hound walk (with or without their horse) on most days at 8 am. They just need 24 hour notice that you are coming.


    Back at the kennels, Mark Wenger, our bartender extraordinaire, did not disappoint with well-appointed Stirrup Cup beverages and Claudia Sands lavished us with delicious snacks and Breakfast– all were invited to partake and did! (The Fox got a little carried away).  Mark - you may have missed one....

    Not only was this a fun and festive day, but an educational one as well! Merri Musso of Cedarview Farms and Allison Harcourt shared tips and help on getting both your horse and the rider ready for the season. She’s published a recent article outlining much of what was covered, you can read the full article on the  PAH website.


    Other speakers included:  Horse Turnout, Guidelines and Grooming by Courtney Cohen and Angie Pfeiffer; Honorary Secretary Cynthia Long-Porter and Christine Long-Sweet, Chair of the Membership Committee, on Proper Attire in the Field and Masters Ed Mitchell and Travis Gibson  on General Etiquette in the Hunt Field. Master Ed was especially encouraging to new folks that may be intimidated by all the traditions and sought to put minds at ease that this was meant to be fun, safe and inclusive!


    Several vendors participated this year. Special thanks to Dreamshine, Greyhorse Tack, Fox Chasers and Ascent Equine Therapies for bringing their best deals to the Festival and helping get us all fitted and ready for the season! And a shout out to new PAH primary vendor Company Casuals who debuted their PAH logo apparel  –all of which can be found on our website.

    The highlight of the afternoon was our guest Huntsmen and Hounds! Martyn Blackmore shared insights and history, answered questions with humor and wisdom! Special guests and fellow breeders highlighted other hound breeds. We all enjoyed meeting Kami Bitting of De La Brooke Foxhounds with her Penn-Marydel Foxhounds; Charlotte Buttrick of Farminton Beagles and Jeff Eickler with his wonderful Bassett Hounds.


    Many thanks to the Festival of Foxhunting Team--Sue and Martyn Blackmore, Courtenay Cohen, Mary Finney, Theresa Gregory, Allison Harcourt, Merri Musso, Angie Pfeiffer, Claudia Sands, Cynthia Long-Porter, Christine Sweet, Mark Wenger--and for Master Travis Gibson who served as coordinator.

    Everyone received a Hunt Season booklet which was put together by Merri Musso and Marcy Molinaro and beautifully designed by Amy Zydel of eXpoBranders. This booklet we hope will serve as a reference for you all year so you can easily access updated contact information for leadership and as well as information about attire, etiquette in the field, membership and more.

    A special shout out to the many advertisers! Be sure to thank them and patronize their businesses when you can. Additionally, members received their printed membership directory. If you were not able to join us, Honorary Secretary Cynthia Long-Porter will be mailing out these items to members and landowners soon.

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