Hello to all!
What a wonderful weekend! A group of us traveled to Strong City, Kansas for the Spring Joint Hunt. Huntsman Tyce Mothershead hunted the NHH hounds on Friday at Pilgrim Ranch. The ground is tricky. Big open range land, which the ranchers were in the process of burning. I’ve added pictures that Larry took. They were burning thousands of acres! Back to the ground…..suddenly there would be big flat slate and jutting rocks. Hence the name: Flint Hills. You definitely had to keep your eyes peeled while galloping.
After about an hour and a half of searching, the hounds flushed a coyote out of the grass. He had maybe a 50 yard lead and then he turned on the after burners. Carlie Beisel was our FM for the day (her husband is Jim Beisel, MVH Huntsman). The field saw the coyote jump up and the hounds started screaming. Huntsman Tyce had a quick reversal and Carlie got jammed up in the field. I was on the outside and she called out to me to go ahead and to not wait for her. Away I went! Jay and Camie S. running right beside me. Our horses were so game and it was great fun! I’ve attached my head cam video.
The coyote ran out of country, so Huntsman Tyce gathered up our hounds and we went in for a scrumptious brunch.
On our way to the fixture we had passed this red caboose advertising BBQ. It’s strategically placed amongst a bevy of mobile homes. My open mind went immediately to: I’d never eat there. Guess what….that’s where the BBQ came from! It was soooo good! I cringed a little when we drove by when leaving……
Saturday we hunted from Cottonwood Ranch. 5000 acres, I think? Huntsman Jim Beisel and the MVH hunted that day. We hunted for 4 hours and 18 miles. Beautiful country, I forgot to turn on my head cam so that was a bust. Larry took some beautiful pictures. We viewed a coyote and had a fun run. There were around 50 riders including staff, so it was a fantastic turnout. A smorgasbord of food was laid out for everyone when we returned.
On Sunday, FLH hounds hunted and this time we were at Division Ranch. Again, a gigantic ranch, not as many rocks, a little more rolling terrain. We didn’t view, but we rode hard and covered a lot of miles.I did manage to turn on my head cam and I’ve attached that video. It was a little bouncy. I need to do a little more work on keeping the camera still. You do get a good view of the vastness of the land that we rode in. It was so big and the sky was so beautiful!
It was such a nice weekend to support other hunts and I saw quite a few younger riders which is encouraging since our median age seems to be around 55+.
I hope that if you weren’t able to go this weekend, that perhaps next year you can come. =)
April 9-11, The International will be held at the CenturyLink in Omaha. They are looking for volunteers to lead school children. If we have 6 or more volunteers from NHH, they would like us to wear our Hunt colors or even our riding attire. Please let me know if you would be interested. You can get more information at www.theinternationalomaha.com
Congratulations are in order for our very own member Ted Crosbie! Iowa State University Distinguished Alumni Award! WHOOHOO!!!!
Have a safe and enjoyable week.