Upcoming Events & News
Congratulations and a huge Thank You to returning Master Sue Levy, new Master Marilyn Mariano, and new Huntsman Rachel Duffy. These three ladies are taking over the roles previously filled by Kami Wolk, who is taking all she learned at Wentworth Hunt and to ply her skills professionally as the Kennel Huntsman at De La Brooke Foxhounds in Maryland. Sue, Marilyn and Rachel will be working with Master Daun DeFrance to continue Wentworth Hunt’s long-standing tradition of great sport, great friends, and diligent care of the lands we hunt and the hounds that hunt them. Thank you for all work that all five of you have contributed to the hunt, and best wishes to Kami in her new position!
Spring Hunting is Complete
The 2017 spring hunting season has concluded, but the start of the fall season is only a few short weeks away. Keep your eye on the calendar as we confirm the fall fixture card and begin posting the fall informal season hunts, which will start in mid-August. In the meantime, get your horse out on the trails, and sign up for the Conservation Hunter Pace on Sunday, August 13th. If you have questions about the hunt, contact Masters Daun Defrance, Sue Levy, or Marilyn Mariano.
Conservation Hunter Pace
Fine Nest Farm, Raymond, NH
Sunday, August 13th
Start your fall season with Wentworth Hunt’s Conservation Hunter Pace, a great way to get your horse ready for the fall season! We earmark proceeds from this event to help support Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways, organizations on whose lands we hunt. The Fine Nest Farm territory incorporates winding trails in the woods as well as dirt roads and agricultural fields. Most of the jumps are natural logs, all of which can be “gapped” as desired.
New Membership Types Announced for 2017
We have exciting news to share! New for 2017, Wentworth Hunt is offering “Associate Memberships” with annual cost of $300. Associate Members will be eligible to hunt 12 times in the calendar year. The hunts can be Spring Informal Hunts, Fall Informal Hunts, or Fall Formal Season Hunts – it’s entirely up to you! This breaks down to only $25 per hunt. To continue hunting after the 12 times, an Associate Member can upgrade to a Full Membership for an additional $200 if desired. More information….
Recent Events & News
Spring Hunter Pace
Branch Hill Farm, Milton Mills, NH
Monday, May 29th
We’ve come to expect a dreary Memorial Day but that did not deter 53 riders and their mounts (plus one intrepid foot soldier!) from enjoying our first hunter pace of 2017 at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills NH. As expected the footing was excellent and spirits were high. Many enjoyed the numerous jumps encountered along the route.
Thank you to all participants for attending. Proceeds of our paces help offset the expenses of maintaining Wentworth’s fine pack of champion hounds, help to maintain our territories and enable us to contribute to various land conservation efforts. Huge thanks go to the members who made this happen: Dave who not only tagged (no one got lost!) and untagged the course but set up and broke down the “secretary’s booth” and manned stirrup cup; Brenda, Laura, and Linda who checked teams in, kept the leader boards straight, and assisted riders as needed. And of course, we are tremendously grateful to Branch Hill Farm for allowing us to use their beautiful property.
Learn to Hunt Clinic
The free mounted clinic was a great success! Riders and horses with little or no hunting experience were introduced to the sport in a friendly, instructive environment that included a short lecture covering safety and etiquette followed by a group ride. The ride was divided into typical hunt fields, first flight, second flight and hilltop, during which everyone learned to ride in groups and encounter common field situations experienced during the hunt. Riders and auditors all earned a free capping certificate, enabling them to try out a full hunt for free!
Details here: Mounted Hunt Clinic 2017
New England Hound Show Results
Thank you to Green Mountain Hounds for hosting another wonderful Hound Show. Thanks to Kami, Linda, Michelle, Jim Mertz, Rachel, Jackie, Diane, Daun, and Zachary for making the trip and all their work with the Hounds and helping to represent Wentworth. Thanks also to Ann P. for the bathing help.
The Wentworth hounds had a fantastic day at the show, with lots of first place, and a few second place, ribbons from Archer, Aslan, Aiko, Apple, Vandal, Vector, Violet, Vera, Yesman, Yellowstone, and Drillbit. Wentworth Yesman earned a Reserve Best in Show! Zachary Wolk and Drillbit won the Junior Under 9 division while his mom, huntsman Kami Wolk, was second in the horn blowing contest. Click here for the detailed results for our Wentworth hounds!
2017 Dressage Show
2017 Dressage Show Photos (All photos now posted)
Congratulations to all our competitors for a great day! Thank you volunteers for making the day run smoothly for all our riders and their support teams.
High Score Champions:
- Intro-Novice High Score: Jocelyn Hawe & Cadbury VT
- Intro-Novice Reserve High Score: Michelle McGillicuddy & Dal Riada Royal
- Training & Up High Score: Sara Jean Reega & Kodiak
- Training & Up Reserve High Score: Anna Harnsberger & Josephine
- Junior High Score: Julia Greene & Tucket
- Junior Reserve High Score: Anna Harnsberger & Josephine
High score champions won a free 13″x19″ show print by our official show photographer, Suddenly Still Photography, and a Wentworth Hunt Dressage Show saddle pad donated by Tracie Sales. Reserve high score champions won a free 11″x14″ show print from Suddenly Still Photography.
Powder Major Farm Conserved for Riding!
Read about the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests’ (SPNHF) successful effort to preserve one of our traditional hunt territories, Powder Major Farm. The Goss family is selling the land we ride on when we cross the river from Tuckaway Farm, the farm where we typically have our Stirrup Cup, to SPNHF. The land will remain open to the public for hiking and riding. And for foxhunting. Read more about the successful campaign here.
A Warm Thank You to Suddenly Still Photography
The Wentworth Hunt would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Suddenly Still Photography. James Mertz documents foxhunting in New England through his incredible pictures and this year he has generously sponsored custom landowner gifts. The hunt is lucky to have such a strong community of supporters. Please visit his website to see amazing photos of the Wentworth Hunt in action.