Canadian Hound Show

June 23, 2017

63rd Annual Canadian Foxhound Show 

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I was invited to attend the 63rd Annual Canadian Foxhound Show on the grounds of the Toronto North York Hunt by Huntsman Andrew Marren and Milica Djordjevic of the Montreal Hunt.  Carolyn of the Toronto North York Hunt and her partner Christopher were so gracious and generous — they invited us to stay with them for the weekend at the Yellow House. They welcomed us into their beautiful retreat and made us feel at home. 
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Denya Massey, Editor and photographer for the Toronto North York Hunt Hark Magazine was there and was photographing winner/trophy shots to send to the Master of Foxhound Association (MFHA). My goal was to try to capture a few shots of my Friends: Huntsman Andrew Marren, Milica Djordjevic and Loretta Bell from the Montreal Hunt, and capture a few shots of Huntsman Antony Gaylard and his hounds, as I am a social member of the Ottawa Valley Hunt. Hence the reason why I didn’t get very many shots of the other exhibitors, I apologize. 

It was a great day in Mulmur, Ontario on the grounds of the Toronto North York Hunt Kennels. The landscape was breathtaking. Early Saturday morning before the show, I had the opportunity to capture a few shots of Huntsman Andrew Marren and Whipper-in Loretta walking out their hounds. The setting was magical.

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It was my first time attending a Foxhound Show. I love watching hounds, love watching them move, watching them work. Love the traditional rural sport and lifestyle of riding to hounds.

The Exhibitors:
Beaver Meadows Foxhounds
Hamilton Hunt
Montreal Hunt
Ottawa Valley hunt
Toronto & North york Hunt
Waterloo Wellington Hunt

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Judges: 
Capt. Ian Farquar (Duke of Beaufort) 
Mr. C. Martin Wood, III (Live Oak Hounds)
Mary Ewing, Joint Master Arapahoe Hunt (apprentice Judge)

Stewards: 
Mr. Alastair Strachan, MFH
Mr. Andy Bite, MFH
Mr. Mervin Magner, MFH

Photos can be viewed here: Canadian Hound Show 2017 online gallery.

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Above: Grand Champion Blue Ridge Wentworth, Huntsman Rosslyn Balding, Toronto North York Hunt 

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Above: Champion Crossbred Grumpy, Huntsman Antony Gaylard, Ottawa Valley Hunt 
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Above: Winner Class 14 Couple of Bitches - entered WWH Raven/Roxy Shown by Huntsman Paul Sherman, Waterloo Wellinton Hunt
The C. William Bermingham, MFH Trophy Presented by the Canadian Masters of Foxhounds and Carolyn Lane

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So proud of my friends at the Montreal Hunt and all the other exhibitors they did really well and it was a great day had by all. 2017-06-23_00032017-06-23_0003
MontrealHuntBannerMontrealHuntBanner Founded in 1826, the Montreal Hunt is the oldest North American sporting club in continuous existence. For two decades after 1850, the club was virtually an annex of the local British Army garrison, and its members were mainly military personnel. The years after Confederation were relatively quiet; the club lost many of its members with the removal of military units to the United Kingdom and of civil servants to the newly established capitals of Ottawa and Québec City. The club has literally watched Canada unfold as a country before its eyes. Today it continues to thrive in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains.

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The Ottawa Valley Hunt run a top-notch Spring and Fall Simulated fox hunting program with a world-class huntsman and well-trained pack of hounds.
The OVH practice humane “drag hunting”, where hounds and horses follow a laid scent. The focus is on camaraderie and making sure everyone has a great day out. The OVH supports every level and rider and is currently looking for new members.

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Members of the Toronto & North York Hunt are riders of varying skill levels and ages who enjoy the pleasure of following a pack of hounds on horseback, across beautiful countryside near Creemore.
 
The Toronto North York Hunt welcomes guests to try the sport and always have a group for those who prefer not to jump. Western tack and smart Western attire welcome! Their vision is to increase the awareness and encourage participation in riding to hounds as a traditional rural sport and lifestyle to riders of various disciplines and ages.

 

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Formed in 1992, Beaver Meadow Foxhounds BMFH pursues the time-honoured tradition of riding to hounds. We meet Sundays and Wednesdays, Spring and Fall, at various farm locations to enjoy a morning out with hounds and fellow members.

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Heather Swan
www.libertyshots.com
 

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