History of The Amwell Valley Hounds
1961 - Twenty would-be fox hunters met in "Dede" Bull's kitchen in Kingwood to discuss forming a hunt.
1962 - February 5, 350 dollars is pledged to buy a pack of hounds that will be kenneled at Kingwood Stables. Bill Read and Donald Jones are elected Joint Masters. An outbreak of leptospirosis necessitated putting down the entire pack. The kennels are moved to Old Fox Farm in Clover Hill.
1963 - Kingwood Foxhounds registers with Masters of Foxhounds Association. On December 21, the first official meeting of the Pony Club takes place with Joan Toigo as DC.
1965 - Kingwood Foxhounds recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds.
1968 - First Hunters Trials are held at Olyphants' Cluaran Farm.
1970 - The kennels are destroyed by fire. Hounds are moved to Pine Twig Farm. On September 27, the name is changed to Amwell Valley Hounds in recognition of the support given the Hunt by the farmers of the valley.
1971 - The first AVH horse show is held at Pine Twig Farm. Donald Jones retires as Joint Master and Lutt Maclin and Jim Rikhoff are appointed.
1975 - Lutt Maclin and Jim Rikhoff retire as Joint Masters and Richard Hudnut becomes Joint Master. The kennels move to Dutch Lane . The Hunter Trials takes place at Bryce Thompson's Sourland Farm.
1980 - Richard Hudnut resigns as Joint Master, leaving Bill Read as sole Master for the next two years.
1982 - Hal Denton is elected as Joint Master by the subscribers.
1986 - Bill Read resigns as Joint Master and Huntsman. The kennels move to Golden's on Route 5l8. Donna Vandermark and Trish Buckwalter are elected Joint Masters. Trish Buckwalter becomes the Huntsman.
1989 - Hal Denton resigns as Joint Master and Gordon Smith is elected. The kennels move to Edge of the Woods Farm and the Hunter Trials are held at Maclin's Amwell Farm.
1990 - Bill Read returns as Huntsman and is elected Joint Master. The Hunter Trials are held at Hillsborough Country Club.
1991 - The Hunter Trials are held at Hillsborough Country Club.
1992 - The Hunter Trials are held at Plumbroke Farm, hosted by Tiffany Teeter and Jim Rigney.
1993 - The Team Chase is revived in New Jersey . due to the efforts of an enthusiastic group of Amwell Valley Hounds Hunt subscribers. It is combined with the Hunter Trials and is hosted at Bryce Thompson's Sourland Farm. Bryce Thompson's team wins fastest time.
1994 - AVH Legal awarded 1st Placed Stallion Hound at the Virginia Hound Show, also awarded Reserve Champion for Crossbred Division. Sourland Farm again hosts the Hunter Trials & Team Chase. Pony Chase introduced.
1995 - Bill Read retires as Joint Master and Huntsman after 31 years of dedicated service and leadership. John Ike is elected both as Huntsman and Joint Master. John was Master and Huntsman of the Tewksbury Foot Bassets for 20 years.
1996 - AVH Talbot awarded Champion Foxhound at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show. Exercise yard for hounds enlarged at kennels.
1998 - Gordon Smith retires as Joint Master after 26 years as a subscriber. Philip Jacoby is elected Joint Master. Bryce Thompson becomes Honorary Joint Master.
2000 - John Ike serves his last year as Joint Master and Huntsman. Victoria Logan is elected Joint Master.
2001 - Stephen Hunt is appointed Huntsman.
2003 - Ronald Kulczynski and Victoria Wilmdering are elected Joint Masters. Michael Harper is appointed Huntsman.
2005 – Dr. Ralph Reilly elected Joint Master with Vicky and Ron. AVH Happy awarded Champion Old English Foxhound at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show, and Champion Hound at New Jersey Inter-hunt Puppy show. Gary Wingar joins as Professional Kennel Huntsmen assisting Huntsmen Michael Harper.
2006 - Paula Mann and Pete Freundlich become the new landlords for the AVH Kennels. Tiffany Teeter is appointed Honorary MFH by the AVH board. Tiffany joins Bryce Thompson IV as Honorary MFH of Amwell Valley Hounds. AVH Player wins Champion at New Jersey Inter-Hunt Puppy show. The exercise yard is significantly expanded at the Kennels.
2007 - Vicky Wilmerding steps down as joint MFH, in preparation for her move to Vermont. Dr. Ralph Reilly, Ron Kulczynski remain as Joint Masters with Honorary MFH's Bryce Thompson and Tiffany Teeter. Professional Huntsman Stephen Farrin joins the Amwell Valley Hounds staff. AVH Legend is Champion Old English Foxhound, 1st Best Old English Dog; and AVH Prosy wins 1st Best Old English Bitch at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show. AVH wins the Old English Pack Class at the Centennial celebration of the Virginia Hound Show.
2008 - Ron Kulczynski retires as joint MFH and Joanne Possumato is elected Joint Master, serving with Dr. Ralph Reilly, MFH and Honorary Masters Bryce Thompson and Tiffany Teeter. Record hot temperatures of nearly 100 degress F do not stop the intrepid entries in the Spring Hunter Pace.
2009 - Dr. Brendan Furlong was elected as a Joint Master in 2009.
2012 - Dr. Ralph Reilly steps down as MFH, and Stephen Buxton is elected as Joint Master.
The AVH Hunter Trials is re-established and held at Tiffany Teeter & Dr. Jim Rigney's Plum Broke Farm in Stockton.
2013 - Heythrop won the Bryn Mawr Hound Show for Grand Champion Foxhound
2014 - A Supporters' Reunion brings together several decades of current and past Supporters of the club to reminisce and reconnect with the AVH.
Horseshoe Bend Park in Kingwood is opened as a new fixture in AVH's original Kingwood territory.
2015 - Dr.Brendan Furlong retires as joint MFH, and Cynthia Hoogland-Nance is elected as joint Master.
The Hunter Trials are moved to Black River Farm.
2016 - Brian Skowronek is elected as a new joint Master.