Hello! It’s been a long time since I’ve visited with everyone. Summer has zoomed by, the beans are turning, the days are getting shorter and hunting season is fast approaching!
A small group traveled to Burwell to get the hounds out and to work on our hunt country in preparation for the Performance Trails that we will be hosting in October.
Burwell has had an unusual amount of rainfall this spring and summer and the landscape is much different than what we normally see at this time of the year. Tall, thick, lush green grass and the watering holes are full.
Saturday morning we left from Packards and all the riders helped out: Huntsman Dave, pocket whip Jay Stockhausen, whips: Diane Antisdel, Catherine Dargin(she has been training all summer to be a whip this season), Jubilee Miller and moi. Sherry Jarvis and Bray Duckworth made up the field. MFH Monte Antisdel (recovering from back surgery) and Bre Orsborn (soon to be Bre Kruger) were are whoopee wagon support. Bre is struggling with continued back issues and opted to take her life in hands by riding in the side by side with Monte…..
The hounds were biddable and worked well through the various covers. They voiced a couple of times, but nothing came of it. It was so marvelous to be back in Burwell watching the hounds run on the ridge top.
The weather was just about perfect, cloudy, breezy but warm enough to wear polos and best of all-no bugs!
We rode for about 2 hours, had a picnic lunch provided by The Farm. We did a little country work in the afternoon and then dinner at the fabulous Sandstone.
Today we met at MFH Luke and Sam’s beautiful home overlooking Lake Calamus for a breakfast buffet. We split into two groups and headed off to do more country work.
MFH Monte, Diane, Huntsman Dave, Professional Whip Bre, Jubilee Miller, Jay, Jessica White and her friend Jasmine worked Packards country. They cleaned up 11+ coops.
Catherine, Michelle and Kent Tjardes, Traci and Cory Duckworth and I worked on the Matranga country.
Tomorrow we hunt!