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August 10, 2016

dear Landowners, Subscribers and Friends,

It is amazing for us to realize we have served as Joint Masters of the Middleburg Hunt for the past 24 years. Every success has been because of your support and dedication. Our subscribers, generous landowners and friends, as well as family, have seen us through the occasional difficulties and shared the glorious moments. We are most grateful. It’s been a great ride, both figuratively and literally, and it’s not over yet.

Last month to our great pleasure, the Board of Governors of the Middleburg Hunt elected Timothy Harmon, to be our partner and work with us as a new Joint Master. Tim has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2009 and was instrumental in the design and construction of our new kennels. The three of us work well together.

One of Tim’s first endeavors after becoming master was to host our Summer Trail Ride and picnic. The weather cooperated, and 60+ riders showed up to enjoy the beautiful Middleburg Hunt country and the delicious breakfast. It was a great way to celebrate Summer. Tim has now begun to walk hounds, learn more about the country and leg up his new horses.

Tim is an involved community leader and has a keen interest in our sport.  He, his wife, Therese, and their three lovely children, Meagan, Mackenzie and Jack, have hosted the Middleburg Thanksgiving Meet ever since they bought their farm, Wind Fields, nine years ago. They have also allowed us to stage our Night Hunt at Wind Fields for the past several years. Tim’s philosophy of giving back is a desirable trait in a new master. His enthusiasm is contagious.

As we anticipate the upcoming hunting season, the future is bright. The three of us look forward to this joint effort to work for the Middleburg Hunt.

Our huntsman, Hugh Robards, with professional whipper-in, Libby Gilbert, have everything in tip top shape getting ready for September. This past May they prepared our young entry for our third Puppy Show. It took place at Huntland, thanks to the kindness of Dr. Betsee Parker. Our puppies were judged by Joyce Fendley and Tommy Lee Jones; they are the long-time MFH and long-time Huntsman of Casanova Hunt, respectively. The 7 and one half couples of young hounds that were featured, will enter this fall. We also have nine couples of puppies that were born this year and are ready for our Puppy Auction to be held this Fall on Sunday, September 25th; see the calendar on the next page for more information. 

It is time to get hounds and horses fit. Cub hunting season will be here before you know it. It’s not too early to get your hunting license. Required by the Commonwealth of Virginia, you can obtain your small game hunting license online by going to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses/.

Listed below are the activities and the dates to save for the upcoming season. Make a note on your calendar of our full schedule.

MIDDLEBURG HUNT CALENDAR 

All of these events bring us back to the importance we place on this community tradition of foxhunting.  Our sport continues to face challenges, the greatest of which are maintaining open space and defending ourselves against legislative and governmental actions that may restrict our sport. 

We appreciate our open space. As we have said many times before, our generous landowners make foxhunting possible.  Each piece of land, large or small, is key to the sport for which the Middleburg countryside is known.  Every year more and more acres in the Middleburg Hunt territory are being protected.  Landowners are leading in this concerted community-wide effort to put land in permanent easement and are taking advantage of significant savings in their federal and state taxes.  These favorable tax laws may not always exist. We are hopeful that the Middleburg Hunt will be able to celebrate hunting for many years to come and would like the opportunity to discuss and to assist our landowners in any way to preserve our hunting country.  Please feel free to contact us. 

Please remember that hunting is a special privilege we enjoy thanks to the generosity of our landowners.  When not hunting, you must obtain specific permission from landowners for cross-country riding privileges.  These are our neighbors and should be treated with due respect. 

Legislators respond to numbers. All foxhunting enthusiasts, who are interested in preserving the sport, whether you ride or spectate, should become Subscribing Members of the Masters of Foxhounds Association.  By increasing the numbers of foxhunting supporters on the MFHA roster, more voices will be heard at the State Capitals where legislation detrimental to our sport frequently appears.  Now is the time to be counted among those who love the sport.  Your subscription includes the MFHA’s national publication, Covertside, and a handsome bumper sticker that will identify you as a foxhunting enthusiast.  To subscribe, visit the MFHA website www.mfha.org .  We encourage all to join.

If you are interested in becoming a Middleburg Hunt subscriber for the 2016-2017 season, please contact one of the Masters.  We remind you of our growing category of subscriber, called “Social Subscriber.”  Social Subscribers are invited to all hunt functions and are afforded the privileges of all other subscribers, with the exception of riding to hounds.  These non-hunting subscribers are some of our most enthusiastic and add a wonderful dimension to our hunt family.  We are grateful that they are a part of the Middleburg Hunt.

The category of subscription called Young Adults has been quite successful. It affords foxhunters age 22 to 25 the opportunity to subscribe at a reduced rate.  As always, children under 14 (with an adult) hunt for free, and juniors age 14 to 21 hunt for a nominal fee.  We want everyone to be able to afford to learn about hunting and ensure the future of our sport.

We look forward to sharing the upcoming foxhunting season with all of you.  We remind you that for updates, information and to contact the Masters by e-mail, please visit our website, www.middleburghunt.com. You may also visit us on Facebook.

Also on our website are our Hunting Guidelines that we wrote especially for our subscribers. In preparation for the upcoming season, we suggest that you read them to refresh your memory about these common sense rules that are meant to make the sport as safe and as much fun as possible.  By maintaining the traditions of the sport, we will maintain its beauty and, with a little luck, its longevity.

We encourage you to share with us your e-mail address.  We use e-mail to communicate information about upcoming activities. When time allows, we e-mail announcements and last minute changes.  So, please send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to info@middleburghunt.com.

Speaking of last minute changes, we advise subscribers to check the Kennel recording at
(540) 687-8411 each hunting day before you leave for the meet.

Our phone numbers are listed below.  We always enjoy hearing from you and hope you will share your thoughts, suggestions and ideas; they do not go unnoticed.  What is important to you is important to the Masters.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeffrey M. Blue, M.F.H.                         Mrs. John B. Denegre, M.F.H.
(540)687-5759                                        (540)687-6069