Category Archive 'Fox Hunting'
29 Mar 2018

Another World

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Ledbury Hunt meeting at the Feathers Hotel on Boxing Day of 1909.

RSH forwarded this photo, and wrote:

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

26 Jan 2018

“You Go First.” Said His Horse

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07 Aug 2017

Cubbing Begins Soon

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14 Feb 2017

Following the Annual Hunt Ball

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A certain Irish hunt held its annual Hunt Ball last weekend. Yesterday on FB occurred the following exchange:

Female member 1: “We have 2 coats from the hunt ball…if anyone is missing a Zara women’s jacket size M and a black fur shrug please pm me and we can arrange for them to be collected.”

Male member: “How many pairs of knickers?”

Female member 1: “No comment!”

Male member: “A great night then!”

Female member 1: “Top class!”

Female member 2: “Fantastic ! The Zara is mine cheers”

Male member: “And the knickers?”

Clearly a good time was had by all.

08 Jan 2017

Proposal Accepted

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William McMahon proposes December 22nd to Grace Maxwell Murphy while out with the Galway Blazers. Photo by Siobhán English.

This photo was deservedly promoted from Facebook to the Chronicle of the Horse Siobhán English is the best hunt photographer out there.

04 Sep 2016

Now Comes Cubbing

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You go out very early, around dawn, while it’s still cool. The hunt staff and field are less formally dressed for cubbing, wearing brown boots, tweed jacket and four-in-hand tie, a form of dress referred to as “Ratcatcher.” When it is really warm, standards of dress may subside to the level of polo shirts.

07 Feb 2016

Siobhan English: “Has Anyone Seen Pat Dillon Lately?”

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17 Jan 2016

My God! What a Fall!

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(photo by Viki Ross)

British eventer Alice Pearson took a tremendous fall out with the Ledbury Hunt at Murrells End on January 15th latest, winding up under her struggling horse. Meanwhile, other members of the field poured over the same hedge, landing on both sides of the fallen horse and rider. This is the kind of thing the Irish refer to as “a crucifying fall.”

The ground must have been soft that day because both Alice & Chocky survived without serious injury.

If you can follow the link to Facebook, you can see the whole nearly disastrous sequence.

26 Jan 2015

The Forward Seat

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Photo: Ginni Beard, forwarded by Niall Hannity.

06 Apr 2014

Abel Davis (14 February 1925 — 30 September 2013)

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Abel Davis riding an event course on Solvay.

Catching up with my back issues of Chronicle of the Horse, I found in the December 16, 2013 issue the obituary of another great sportsman.

Money quote:

“When his cardiologist advised him to quit polo, Mr. Davis took up three-day eventing at Goose Downs Farm (N.M.). ‘I think his doctor only agreed because he didn’t know what three-day eventing was,’ said Audrey Hays, his second wife.”

Horseman Abel Davis died at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque on Sept. 30 due to complications from a chronic spinal cord injury. He was 88.

Mr. Davis was born on Feb. 14, 1925, to Gen. Abel Davis and Marjorie Mayer Davis in Glencoe, Ill.

At 18, Mr. Davis was drafted into the 14th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He served in World War II, and on Jan. 1, 1945, he was shot five times during the Battle of the Bulge. He received a Purple Heart and spent 1½ years recovering in Virginia hospitals.
Mr. Davis’ first job was selling “Big Yank” overalls. He moved to Chicago, where he started one of the first direct mail businesses in the country, National Business Lists, and raised four children with his wife of 46 years, Susan Frank.

He spent free time foxhunting and skiing with his family in Aspen, Colo., and moved permanently to Tesuque, N.M., after he sold the business in 1968.

Together with Philip Naumberg, Jim Alley and Jim Ritchie, he established the Santa Fe Polo Grounds (later renamed the Santa Fe Horse Park and now called the Santa Fe Equestrian Center).

When his cardiologist advised him to quit polo, Mr. Davis took up three-day eventing at Goose Downs Farm (N.M.). “I think his doctor only agreed because he didn’t know what three-day eventing was,” said Audrey Hays, his second wife.

At 75, Mr. Davis achieved his goal of competing preliminary with his mount, Sir Francis Drake.

In addition, he was a whipper-in for the Juan Tomás Hounds (N.M.) for 20 years.

At 80, he broke his neck in a jumping accident, but he still took dressage lessons after recovering.

“After they made him, they broke the mold,” said Audrey. “He marched to the beat of his own drum. He bought all of his horses young and green and brought them up himself. There was no way you could tell him to get off his horse when he was older.”
He was a founding member of the Tesuque Volunteer Fire Department and an avid animal lover, who was known for his pack of red Dobermans.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, and daughter, Leslie Davis. He is survived by his second wife, Audrey; his daughter Patricia Willson and her husband, Rich, of Albuquerque; his daughter Lauren Davis and her husband, Charles Stathacos, of Croton, N.Y.; his son Jad Davis and his wife, Sarah, of Santa Fe, N.M.; his son-in-law Bill Lazar and his wife, Lynn Rosen, of Bozeman, Mont.; and four grandchildren.

07 Mar 2014

British Fox Hunters Singing in the Pub

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Our hunting friend from the British Lakeland Fells, Ron Black, forwarded this delightful video of several sessions of pub singing back in 2000 of hunting and humorous songs, doubtless featuring friends and neighbors of his own from the North of England.

06 Mar 2014

Deep Ditches and Great Banks

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Members of the Kilkenny Foxhounds negotiate some of that famous Irish hunting country reminscent of Snaffles‘ “Deep Ditches” and “Great Banks.”

Foxhunting in Ireland much resembles joining the WWII Japanese Kamikaze corps.

I particularly enjoyed the “Go on, Tom!” “It’s not deep!” part.

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