Hunt Ball and Silent Auction

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Wentworth Hunt members and guests change out of their stock ties and hunt coats and into their ball gowns and tuxedos for a night of dinner, dancing and revelry! Our annual hunt ball gives members a chance to socialize, exchange fun and often very funny hunting (and just sometimes, non-hunting) stories, and bid for items in the silent auction, 100% of whose proceeds go to our hunt and hounds. Awards are given, along with colors and buttons, and many thank-yous spoken to our wonderful masters, staff, and volunteers. This is an event that brings us together as a community and reminds us of the joy of this wonderful sport and the camaraderie and friendships it brings!

2020 Hunt Ball and Silent Auction:
It’s All About the Hounds

(Photo courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)

Did you hear the news? Everyone is shouting about it! The Wentworth Hunt 2020 Virtual Hunt Ball was a smashing, hound crying success! We hope this will be the last time our hunt ball will be virtual, but we did make the best of it! Participants called into a Zoom video meeting, chatted, laughed, and showed off their formal attire from the safety of their homes.

The masters presented 2020 hunt trophies, celebrated anniversaries and awarded buttons. Did you miss it? Never fear, we have the list right here!

The Master’s Trophy: Swan’s Phoenix (Marilyn Mariano)
Awarded to an outstanding Hunt Horse. Excels in the Hunt Field and potentially other equine disciplines, proudly representing Wentworth Hunt.

The Brindle Memorial Trophy: Baltic Mahogony (Sue Levy)
Awarded to an outstanding Hunt Horse. A versatile and fun horse that everyone would love to ride in the Hunt Field.

The Hound Trophy: Yesman. Held by Mike Koumantzelis
Awarded to the Hound of the Year, in honor of the Dundee Terriers. This trophy is held for the year by someone who is recognized for their work and attention to the Hounds.

The Silver Helmet Trophy: Maria Chambers
Awarded to that Member who represents Wentworth well, the person who is always impeccably turned out and an ambassador for the Wentworth Hunt.

Pony Hunter Trophy: Honey (Isabelle Gilbert)
Awarded to the outstanding Hunt Pony that best demonstrates the attributes desired in a Fox Hunter: surefooted, confident and brave. Has a level head, possesses stamina, has the ability to jump over a variety of obstacles and to handle a range of terrain.

Future of Foxhunting Trophy: Meredith (Merrie) Hurwich
Awarded to a special Junior Member (under 26 years old) who represents the Future of Foxhunting. This Junior Member takes an active interest in all that is Fox Hunting, rides well, and learns and practices correct etiquette in the Hunt Field.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Andi Puls
Awarded to the person that goes above and beyond with volunteering for the Hunt. Whether it is for administrative tasks, caring for Hounds, running events, territory work, etc. – all types of volunteering are considered.

The Ed Fritz Award: Susan Hanna
This award is in Honor of Ed Fritz. The winner of this award is voted on by members, who vote for the member with whom they would most enjoy riding, sharing a flask, and simply having fun in the Hunt Field.

MVP Foxhunter Award: Leila Hanna
This award is in Honor of Brenda Feely, and goes to that person who is always there, helping out. Often behind the scenes, this is the person we can count on to be there to help in small and big ways.

Silver Fox Award: Ann Pembroke
This award is presented to a distinguished, seasoned Fox Hunter. This person knows the ropes and serves as a role model and inspiration to those newer to Fox Hunting.

Unplanned Dismount Award: Libby Gorse
Awarded to the Fox Hunter who best demonstrated the centuries-old tradition of dismounting dramatically and unexpectedly during a foxhunt, without injury.

Huntsman’s Trophy: Judy Silva
This trophy is awarded by the Huntsman, to the Member who showed great interest in the Hounds.

Thoroughbred Trophy: Badger (Rachel Duffy)
The Kourtezan Plate is awarded to the Outstanding Thoroughbred Hunter, in honor of Diane Kane’s Gal (Kourtezan).

Buttons: Andi Puls and Sarah Jacobson
Buttons are conferred upon members who have previously earned their colors, and continue to help out wherever needed by volunteering, participating in club events, and displaying exemplary leadership qualities.

10 Year Pins: Rachel Duffy and Ann Pembroke
Awarding of lapel pins to members celebrating 10, 20, and 30 years as members of Wentworth Hunt.

Silent Auction

(Photo courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)

You’ve heard it before: No hounds, no hunt. While we all LOVE riding to hounds, it’s the hounds not the horses that make this such a spectacular sport. To keep our hounds happy, healthy, and well set in kibble, each year Wentworth Hunt hosts a Silent Auction at the Hunt Ball. 100% of our Silent Auction proceeds go to support our hunt and our beloved hounds. In this year of struggle and turmoil, our 2020 Silent Auction was online. Thank you members and supporters of Wentworth Hunt for your bids and congratulations and many thanks to our auction item winners!

As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, we could not continue without all of you! From the bottom of our human, canine, and equine hearts, we thank you!

(Photo courtesy of Jim Mertz, Suddenly Still Photography)