Upcoming Events & News
2017 Wentworth Hunt Dressage Show
Entries for the 2017 Wentworth Hunt Dressage Show are now open! We’re holding the show a little earlier this year to give you a head start on your show season! Come practice your dressage and eventing tests at the same place you will be showing later in the season. Try out the new Modified eventing test. Great prizes for our high score winners, including a photo by our official show photographer, Suddenly Still Photography!
We need volunteers to help make the show run smoothly for our competitors. Sign up here to volunteer!
Contact Tracie Sales, Dressage Show Secretary, at email@example.com with questions.
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….
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.
Recent Events & News
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.
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!