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        05-02-2012, 05:29 PM
    Here's a thread where all the details are mentioned, in conversation form:
    Spring CotH hunting weekend in Virginia??! - Chronicle Forums

    And here's the hosting place, Hunter's Rest. You (y'all?) could email the owner for all the details:
    Hunter's Rest Bed and Breakfast - Flint Hill, Virginia

    Originally Posted by MudPaint    
    Opus- when is this clinic? VA can be a bit of a drive, but it sounds amazing. It would be fun to attend.
    They usually hold one or two in March, and they usually host one or two in the fall, usually in October/November. I've heard nothing but good things about the whole experience.

    Originally Posted by Mckellar    
    Holding a women's clinic is an AMAZING idea!!! Wow and adding the shopping into it would get anyone woman excited! I may have to borrow your idea and put it into a suggestion? Do you have any other information? When I suggest things I want to be 120% prepaired.
    I would go through the thread mentioned above and contact the Hunter's Rest owner. The email is on their website.

    In addition to the main hunt, they shop at different local tack stores -- being in the middle of Va. Hunt country, they have plenty to choose from. They also hold potluck dinners/breakfasts for everyone. There's also usually a steeplechase type of race or a Bassett hunt they attend before the weekend's up.

    Of course, the place that hosts it is also a B&B with full barn and courses/arenas, so it's a little different. But everything should be easy enough to mimic with a couple of hosts volunteering their time and homes for a few mixers.
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        05-02-2012, 05:32 PM
    Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
    Sorry for going a bit offtopic, but are those 3-strap Dehners?

    I've been eyeing those for a couple of years now. In wine dragoon. Not for hunting or showing of course, but to be my practice/hacking boots.

        05-02-2012, 05:44 PM
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    Yes, they are Dehners. I absolutely LOVE them. I got them for use on XC (in case of injury) but wear them for everything. I like them better than zippers, which are too commonly broken.
        05-02-2012, 06:04 PM
    Green Broke
    I have gone a few times, My horse did not have the mindset for it. He goes crazy when we all started running. I tried a few different times and we, the horse or I, always got hurt. So now I stick to the hunter paces and the open trailrides when I am lucky enough to be invited.

    This is a photo of Buddy and I at the beginning of hunt in Illinois, as of the end I think we were both covered in mud.
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        05-03-2012, 08:51 AM
    Great info! Thanks!

    Our hunts last up to 6 hours, usually around 4 ... is that the same with yours?

    * and when the fox goes to the ground we get the terriers...its a little off putting.. *
        05-03-2012, 06:16 PM
    I used to hunt when I was younger (and in an area that had hunt clubs). We're moving north next spring and I figure I'll start my own seeing there is none up there. There will be port, the hounds will be a lone blue heeler and she will be chasing gophers, not fox. Better then nothing.
        05-03-2012, 09:45 PM

    Using terriers to dig out the fox after it's gone to ground is definitely a UK or British tradition and one that did not translate to the US.

    If one of our hunts culminated in running the fox to ground, the huntsman dismounted while blowing "Gone to ground", praised and petted the hounds and fed them cookies, and then remounted and we went off in search of another fox.

    The local hunt *might* kill up to 4 foxes a year, going out 60 - 70 times in a season. In all my years of hunting, I only ever saw/participated in one kill. Sadly that was an accident - the hounds weren't even running. A hound investigated under a coop while walking to a new covert and came out with the fox in his mouth.

    The secret wish of most of the field and staff was that any fox that gave good sport would live happily and well and give us another day's good sport.

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