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2002/08/15


Free Seminars And Clinics To Introduce Foxhunting In Memphis Area Set For Sept. by Lois Smith Fourth Bluff Hounds is presenting a series of free seminars and clinics for individuals who would like to learn more about foxhunting or "Riding to Hounds." The "Hunt Camp," as it is called, is designed to take you from a basic introduction and overview of foxhunting to helping you get your horse ready for your first hunt. All of these events are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about foxhunting. You don't have to be a rider to be welcome! The first seminar, "An Introduction to Foxhunting" will be held Saturday, September 7 at the Chancellor's Barn at 7751 Dogwood Road in Germantown, Tennessee. Topics will include the history of foxhunting in America and foxhunting around the world, and what actually happens during a foxhunt, the horses, hounds, coyote, and riders. There will be a social hour from 6:00-7:00 pm. The presentation will begin at 7:00 and last about 45 minutes. The second seminar, "Etiquette in The Hunt Field" will present the basic do's and don'ts of proper behavior for the horse and rider in the hunt field. This seminar will be held Saturday, September 14 at the Chancellor's barn in Germantown, with a social hour from 6:00-7:00 pm and the presentation beginning at 7:00. The third seminar, "Calls on the Hunting Horn" is the really big feature of Hunt Camp this year. This seminar should be fun for all foxhunters, their friends, families and guests. Dickie Watson, MFH and Huntsman for the Fourth Bluff Hounds and Walter Foster, MFH and Huntsman for the Wildlife Manor Hounds, will give us their personal renditions of the calls on the hunting horn that are used to communicate with the hounds during a hunt. Many recognize "Gone Away" during a hunt, especially the horses. But how many know when the huntsman is sending the hounds into a covert, asking them to move on, come back to him, and to leave that deer alone? This seminar is designed for all members of our local hunting community to come, mingle, enjoy and cheer Walter and Dickie (to see if they can blow a horn when they are not on a horse) and maybe learn something we already thought we knew. This seminar will be held Saturday, September 21 at the Chancellor's barn in Germantown, with a social hour from 6:00-7:00 pm and the presentation beginning at 7:00. The fourth event is a "Hound Show and Conformation Clinic". This event is designed to teach about hound shows and hound conformation. Come and learn what the judges consider to be good conformation for a foxhound. How are the hounds judged? What are they supposed to do in the show ring? What are the typical hound classes? The clinic will be held on Sunday, September 29 at the Germantown Horse Show grounds at one of the pavilions beginning at 2:00 pm. Two rides are also planned as part of the foxhunting camp. One of the rides, "A Walk Through the Hunt Country" is a slow, gentle ride through some of the hunt territory at a walk and trot, for green horses and riders. The second ride, "A Fantasy Hunt" will be a ride through the hunt territory at a hunting pace, covering the same ground that would typically be gone over during a club hunt. The dates, times and locations of these rides will be announced in the Mid-South Horse Review, as well as at the seminars. Please contact Lois Smith at lstallyho@aol.com or (901) 464-4950 for additional information.

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