The Wentworth Hunt Club has worked diligently over the years to develop positive relationships with the owners of our hunt territories in order to establish and maintain scenic hunt fixtures in northern New England and perpetuate the sport. The hunt has numerous territories spanning New Hampshire and Maine with sites varying from year to year. Here are highlights of some of our popular sites.
Tuckaway Farm & Powder Major Farm, Lee, NH. Kennelman Chuck Cox and his family not only provide a home to our foxhounds, but also open their farm for hunting on a regular basis. The farm has been host to the All New England Hound Show in 2001, 2002, and 2015 as well as the starting point for the Fall Foliage Hunter Pace in 2015 and 2016. The well-paneled territory sports numerous jumps interspersed within several open fields and a trail network that leads over to the University of New Hampshire’s Kingman Farm. A pond, polo field and stream crossings are all part of the hunting landscape. The Cox Family also sells farm fresh organic produce in-season.
The Goss Family, owners of 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. Powder Major Farm is just over the Oyster River from Tuckaway Farm, and is the site of our stirrup cup when we hunt this territory. The Goss’ have opened up many new trails in the past couple years on which we hunt.
Branch Hill Farm, Milton Mills, NH. The Wyatt family has made this site a real show stopper. The late Carl Siemon and family welcomed the hunt to their nationally acclaimed tree farm, Branch Hill Farm, and daughter Cynthia Wyatt is now continuing the family tradition of supporting the sport of foxhunting. The hunt hosts its annual spring hunter paces in this territory, which is blessed with spectacular fields and wide sandy tote roads flanked by streams. There are numerous coops, logs and a variety of jumps.
Fine Nest Farm, Raymond, NH. Cody Cramer and Dana Zulager have developed a territory that has interconnected trails through wooded areas that cover conservancy land along the Pawtuckaway River, known locally as the Stingy River. One hunting loop runs through land protected by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, and we enjoy riding around several hay fields at the neighboring Sullos Farm. Over 150 acres of Fine Nest Farm is in conservation with the Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.
Garrison House Farm, Durham, NH. Ann Wicander, our ex-joint MFH, and her husband Joe Vaillancourt have developed a territory starting from their farm that is flanked by the Lamprey River. Fields and wooded trails weave throughout the rural neighborhood, and several custom jumps designed by the University of New Hampshire’s cross country jump designer are strategically placed about the farm. There is a fantastic run through the woods with natural jumps followed by cross-country jumps throughout the fields that border the historical Garrison House. During formal season the teas are inside this carefully-restored farmhouse, often with a roaring fire in the sitting room. During informal season, the teas are equally enjoyable, out on the screened porch overlooking the pond and hayfields.
Green Acres Stables, Madbury/Dover, NH. Well-established show stable Green Acres is a home to the hunt on the southern end of Dover. The territory has fields and wooded trails that weave throughout the section of Dover Point and conservancy land. There are beautiful views of the Bellamy River. Green Acres features stadium and cross-country courses with a water jump, drops, and ditches, and typically hosts the annual Children’s/Junior’s Hunt.
Myrhe Equine Complex, Rochester, NH. Veterinarian Dr. Grant Myhre has welcomed the Wentworth Hunt to his Equine Clinic and the grounds of the High Knoll Equestrian Center. The territory contains many logs and other jumps in the fields and along the trails, a Christmas tree farm, and the best stirrup cup views of any of our territories. Photo compliments of Nancy Ecklund Qualls.
Prodigue Farm, Rochester, NH. The Vanderzanden family, founding members of the hunt, offer a beautiful territory that encompasses fields and forests, and sports natural jumps. Teas are usually held at the impeccably restored farmhouse and yard, and often Pooh Vanderzanden is seen welcoming riders with her patented cider and bourbon ambrosia to warm the heart and spirit of foxhunters.
Yorkfield Farm, Kensington, NH. The Carpenter family has extended their hospitality by offering the hunt the opportunity to ride across a gorgeous piece of southern New Hampshire. The site is so popular it draws the biggest crowd, especially for the annual Blessing of the Hounds. With the open polo fields and a horse track, the territory is jam-packed with exciting jumps – not to mention the view of interesting avant-garde sculpture dotting the premises. Yorkfield Farm operates a top-notch training and boarding facility. Additional hay fields and wooded trails flow up to a neighboring Christmas tree farm – home of the stirrup cup.
Rest and Be Thankful Farm, Lyman, ME. Landowners George and Michele Cheney opened their private eventing facility, Rest and Be Thankful Farm, to the Wentworth Hunt in 2012. The territory incorporates many neighboring farms with open working fields — cow pastures along with hay, oat, and potato fields – with beautiful views, great jumps and interesting hunt obstacles such as banks, ditches and water. We thank the Cheneys and their neighboring landowners for their warm hospitality, meticulous preparation and generosity in allowing us to hunt on their land. Our friends in Lyman include these farms:
Rest and Be Thankful Farm
Spring Creek Farm, home of Carlisle Academy for Integrative Equine Therapy and Sports
Wild Run Farm
Spring Creek Farm
Joydale Morgan Farm
Ricker’s Potato Farm