Colorful Day Opens Longreen Fox Hound Season
Photos by Don Dowdle
The 44th Longreen Fox Hounds season opener gave its full support to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Over 230 people participated. 58 riders, 6 carriages and 6 hay wagons followed the hounds on November 17 filled with spectators. Everything came together to complete the vision of Allen Mueller, MFH, and raised over $10,000 for St. Jude.
As elder son of Bart Mueller, MFH-Emeritus, Allen is continuing the tradition of the long-earned, Bugle-voiced hounds of Longreen. He has accepted the challenge of the mastership of the Mueller Private Pack, begun by his father in the 50's.
Allen and Susan Walker, MFH-Huntsman, lent their support to a core group of members in coordinating the benefit. Harvey Sanders, Nernii Goldsmith, Mary Lisa Wagner, Rose Marie Lawson, Lynn Ribnick, Valerie LeVay, Wende Shea, David Deeken and many other helping hands made this 1st Annual Benefit a complete success.
The sunny 75 degree day was perfect for the spectators. After the stirrup cup to toast the beginning of the season, announcer Bill Gray shared information about St. Jude, the days activities and corporate sponsors involved. Allen Mueller presented a check for $8,120 to St. Jude representative Nakia Johnson.
Whipper-in Trey Lawson and David Deeken joined the huntsman to bring the Penn Marydel Hounds from the Longreen Kennel for the blessing led by Rev. John Sterling of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Collierville.
Hounds were held while Tally Ho wagons filled. The three fields of riders moved off, followed by members of the Nashoba Carriage Association and the hay wagons. Because of the generosity of the landowners, everyone enjoyed a spectular panorama of fall foliage surrounding rolling countryside. Some spotted deer and rabbit along the way. Many of the children gathered to pet the hounds and learn their names during the stop for refreshments. There had been no rain for 30 days and hounds found only spotty scent here and there. Everyone was able to watch as hounds spread through woods and across scrub and grassy meadows snuffling for traces of coyote scent. Most of the fox have taken up residence in the cities and suburbs to escape the coyote, one of their natural predators.
After the hunt, all gathered at the Longreen Clubhouse on the Clark property South of Rossville for the traditional hunt breakfast. Horses got baths and carrots.
People enjoyed eggs, cheese gritts, ham, biscuits, sausage, frit, and smoked salmon all catered by Hog Wild complements of the Summit Club. Hay wagons were parked around the east and south decking for more seating. Grill Master Jim Wagner kept the hot dogs going for the little ones to enjoy.
The members of Longreen Fox Hounds which to thank each and every person who donated monetary or with their time and talents, or by sharing access to their property for making this St. Jude benefit a true success. To date, the total for St. Jude is over $10,000.
Next years event will be Saturday, November 2, 2002. Mark your calendar now to come share food, fun, and fellowship with the Longreen Fox Hounds; and again help support the great research happening at St. Jude right here in Memphis, Tenn. For further information, please contact the Masters Allen Mueller at 901-853-0196; Susan Walker at 901-754-1172; or The Hunt Secretary Lynne Ribnick at 901-744-0894.
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