With Master Joanne leading the field we set out from Susan Torsilieri’s farm we crossed under the rail lines and across the river when the field was split as freight train rumbled along. Thankfully everyone was safe and sound. The next exciting event and fantastic display of horseman’s ship happened when Jeanne Sharpe’s horse decided to rear up three times, I was stunned how she managed to stay on- what a seat that girl has! We progressed onto Dan Burjans’ land and the hounds worked his large cornfield, at least one fox was viewed and the chase continued. This was the start of some great huntsman/whip teamwork as hounds worked the corn. Did everyone see how Dan had somehow managed to write his name in the corn?
We moved across Dans’ fields into the old Mason farm land and had a couple of good runs up and down the dirt track and hill. We gingerly skirted the edge of the soybean field trying to avoid the many holes, and continued, back tracking a few times. A second fox was viewed and despite a good chase, Charlie Fox escaped to live another day.
It seemed we had been out quite a time when Steve led his pack onto the edge of Patty and Gales land and their giant cornfield. While he has those hounds incredibly well trained it took all of his skill and with the help of Ralph, Mary Pat, Richard and Lauren to keep everyone contained this was teamwork at it’s best. Steve was delighted that he and the whips worked together so well.
Roy Feldman kindly arrived with the hound truck, and all hounds were accounted for and loaded up, they were undoubtedly tired after 3 hours of dashing around. We finished the day at Pat and Dales’and were invited to have a look at Dale’s mural in her garage, which is very impressive. We hacked back to the meet and I also have it on good authority that we covered almost 21 miles! At the meet we were greeted by a splendid breakfast courtesy of Master Brendan and Wendy Furlong.
It was good to welcome a couple of new associate members to AVH, Dan Wasserstrom and Barbra Peterson. We welcome Maria, Donna, Cheryl and Chrissy as Subscribers and of course welcome back our own Holly Haugen. So Marc I rather think you would have enjoyed the day as much as we did- or were you watching?