Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter Fox Hunting

We have had unusually cold weather for December here in Virginia and conditions have not been great for foxhunting. Some meets have still been held, however, and here are a few shots from Bull Run Hunt and Old Dominion Hounds. For more foxhunting photos please visit Susan M. Carter Photography.

It snowed about 10 days before Christmas and most clubs canceled but Bull Run Hunt did not. As they said on the hunt monitor, they were going, "rain, sleet, snow or shine."

Foxhunting in the snow. horse, rider, hounds. Bull Run Hunt
Bull Run takes out more hounds than some of the other clubs.

foxhounds in snow. Bull Run Hunt
They also take a sensible approach and dress informally in bad weather.

horses and riders in snow. Bull Run Hunt
The meet left from their kennels and not all the hounds were happy to be left behind.

foxhound in snow, Bull Run Hunt

Old Dominion went out a few days later after some of the snow had melted but it was still very cold and the ground was slippery.

foxhunting, Old Dominion Hounds
The hounds flushed a fox within the first five minutes but quickly lost the scent in the windy conditions.

foxhunting, horse, Old Dominion Hounds
It's not just hounds that don't want to be left out of the fun - this horse jumped out of his pasture and ran after the hunt. The miscreant was captured and returned home.

horses, foxhunting, Old Dominion Hounds
The ground proved too slippery and when one of the horses fell, they gave up and called it a day.

Old Dominion hounds, foxhunting, horses

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