I haven't been hunting in years, sad to say, but still participate in some of our local hunt's other events, the hunter pace, hunter trials, Pony Club horse trials, etc.
Live hunting is still alive and well in my part of Virginia, actually it's alive and well through most of the SE United States. It's an old joke that the safest place for a fox in this area is 100 yards ahead of the hounds.
30 years ago members of the hunt were more hard core foxhunters - 1 or 2 horses devoted soley to hunting, and they hunted 2 - 3 times a week, usually hiring someone like me to keep the horses legged up and clipped.
I think that now the hunt has a much smaller first flight, and more folks in the 2nd flight and hilltoppers. Not as many people can afford the time or money to really maintain fit hunting horses.
So the hunt has evolved and offered more for the avocational rider - group trail rides where hunting conventions are introduced, educational clinics, junior hunts, more opportunities for members to work in the kennels, etc. and of course, more social events.
Last edited by maura; 04-30-2012 at 07:40 AM.