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Land Conservation is Vital To Foxhunting
Land conservation is a central tenant of both the MFHA and the Wentworth Hunt Club. Through the year, we have worked closely with various conservation groups to help preserve open land for equestrian and foxhunting use. The majority of our territories leverage conservation easements from these groups and without their work, our hunt would cease to have open land over which to follow hounds. Conservation is vital to the future of not just Wentworth, but foxhunting in general.
We have worked with and donated to the following conservation groups:
Bear-Paw Regional Greenways
Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Southeast Land Trust of NH
Our Conservation Hunter Pace in August devotes part of the proceeds to conservation groups. Our members have donated their time at fund-raising events, such as MMRG’s annual “Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival” and the “Explore Powder Major” community event, hosted by SPNHF, in October. Hunt members helped cleanup the historic John DeMeritt cemetery and performed other trail maintenance and mowing for our conservation groups.
Additionally, we work closely with the New Hampshire Horse Council to collectively work to keep land open and be good stewards of the conservation land so equestrian use will be allowed.
How can you help?
As you look for end of year charitable contribution options, there are two active conservation efforts that need your consideration:
- The Society for the Protection of NH Forests is trying to conserve Powder Major Farm that is part of our Tuckaway Farm and kennel territory. They are very near their year-end goal.
- Southeast Land Trust is trying to protect Kennard Hill, part of the Harvey land and less than half a mile from our Fine Nest territory. They need to raise the final $35,000 by Dec 31.
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.
The 2016 Hunting Season has Concluded
The Die Hard hunt scheduled for Wednesday, November 30th at the kennels at Tuckaway Farm was the final scheduled hunt for 2016. Due to inclement weather, the final hunt of our 40th season went out on foot. As an all-volunteer hunt, we are so proud and thankful of our staff, our hounds, and our members who have made 2016 a great year of sport!
Do not despair, however, spring will come sooner than you think. And along with spring will come our Spring Informal Hunting season, a great way to get you and your horse in shape for a summer of trail riding and showing, and of course for the fall hunting season! Check back in a few months for our spring schedule!
Preserve Powder Major Farm for Riding
As members of the hunt, we are incredibly lucky to be able to ride on thousands of acres of private land inaccessible to the general public. One of the properties we have ridden on for many years is Powder Major Farm, owned by the Goss family. This is the land we ride on when we cross the river from Tuckaway Farm, the farm where we typically have our Stirrup Cup. The Goss family is selling most of their land, and they are willing to sell it to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) as conservation land, open to the public for hiking and riding. And for foxhunting. SPNHF is raising money to purchase the property, and they are seeking the help of equestrians in New Hampshire’s seacoast area to raise awareness and funds for the unique opportunity that conserving this land will provide.
To learn more about the effort to save this land for foxhunting and other low impact recreational uses, check out the article below or the information on the SPNHF website at www.forestsociety.org.
Recent Events & News
New England Hunts Championship Hunter Trials
Sunday October 30, kindly hosted by the Old Northbridge Hounds. A great day was had by both competitors and volunteers at Great Brook Farm State Park, 1018 Lowell Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts. Link to the RESULTS.
Fall Foliage Hunter Pace and Poker Run
Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major Farm, Lee, NH
Sunday, October 9th
The last Wentworth hunter pace of 2016 was held at Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major Farm. Despite the rain, we had an excellent turnout and many happy riders exploring the two farms. Some 54 riders decided that this was perfect Irish hunting weather for a six-plus mile ride through woods and fields. Tuckaway Farm in Lee is an active organic farm and the home of our foxhounds. Powder Major Farm in Madbury, Lee and Durham is in the process of seeking establishment of a conservation easement for all types of recreational activities, including horseback riding, and has been inviting the hunt to ride through for many years. We owe the owners of both these farms a huge round of applause for supporting the hunt. Adding to the adventure, this pace was also a Poker Run giving each team several opportunities to improve their hands to vie for prizes.
Blessing of the Hounds
Wentworth Hunt Club’s formal hunting season began on October 1st with the Blessing of the Hounds. It was fast, fabulous day for hunting, and a great prelude to the rest of the fall season. Thank you to everyone who made this special day possible, especially our landowners and staff, but also everyone who braved the rain to ride or watch the excitement. A special thanks also to James D-Blues Mertz and Suddenly Still Photography for capturing some of the hunt’s special moments.
Children’s / Junior’s Hunt
Our annual Children’s Hunt was a huge success! Very special thanks to our members and staff who helped provide great sport to a field of 50 riders and 21 juniors. There were many impressive riders and first time horses out. Everyone had a great time and hopefully we introduced our lovely hounds to the next generation of foxhunters!
Photo credit to Jessica Freedman, one of our many foot followers! Thank you so much!
4th Annual ‘Learn to Hunt’ Clinic
August 20, 2016
The Fourth Annual Hunt clinic was hosted by the Wentworth Hunt Masters and Huntsman at Tuckaway Farm in Lee, the site of our kennels. Members and guests learned about the traditions of hunting, the history of the Wentworth Hunt Club, appropriate attire for informal and formal season (did you know the sharp end of your stock tie pin should point away from your heart?), safe tack, etiquette while hunting, and the Wentworth foxhounds. Come join us when we do it again next year and earn a free capping certificate!
Conservation Hunter Pace
Wentworth Hunt held our annual Conservation Hunter Pace at Fine Nest Farm (Raymond NH) on Sunday August 14, 2016. 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 lots of winding trails in the woods as well as dirt roads and agricultural fields. Among the obstacles encountered – baby pigs. Most of the jumps were natural logs.
Sunday was hot and muggy, but the horses and riders found that the woods were cooler and virtually bug-free! Stirrup cup was situated between the fields and gave the riders a chance for a breather before continuing on. Although they came back hot and sweaty, everyone said they had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful territory. Most sat in the shade enjoying a sumptuous lunch after tending to their horses.
Field division winners were Hunt member Linda Fernald and her friend, Andi Puls. Hilltop winners were the mother-daughter team of Karen and Morgan Amiot. Congratulations to everyone and thanks for participating!
The spring season was extended through Wednesday, June 15th thanks to the generosity of hunt member Deb Beck. We hunted her property, Bayview Farm in Greenland, NH, for the first time.
Thank you, Deb, for inviting us out for a great day of hunting. The hounds enjoyed a cooling swim in Great Bay on this hot summer day!