Oh My, we had so much fun today! There was never a dull moment today. I jumping ahead-
Many of us arrived at CedarRun last night-pushed in by 40 mph winds- to a spread of appetizers that went from one end of the kitchen to the other-and it’ s a large kitchen! Tom and Lyse opened their house, their barn and their property for 48 of their closest friends. Many of us stayed the night in all the different beds that the Tom and Lyse made available (not all 48!)
After all sorts of tall tales, food and drinks we ended the evening with Beau and Aubrey playing the Star Spangled Banner on their violins. Beautifully done, I might add.
Saturday morning we had a wonderful breakfast of egg strata, fruit and croissants. We met in the indoor arena to stay out of the wind, it had calmed down from the day before, but still had a bite to it.
One horse surprised his rider by decided that a good roll was in order. She jumped off and managed to get him up before he rolled completely over on her saddle. This sparked another horse and it started spinning around and just about took out the stirrup cup table. Time to get things rolling.
Huntsman Dave, whipper-ins MFH Dave K, Becca F, Bre O, Maggie K and Keith R rode out with 15.5 couple of hounds. We had 33 riders in the field.
Splish-Splash goes the next segment =) We are about 400 yds from the house and we have our first major water crossing (Jenny N had to pick her feet up since Harry is only 13.3). This lovely rider – it’s her first time hunting with us – her horse takes this ENORMOUS leap into the river. He made it about halfway across, the rider is hanging on for all she’s worth and I think she’s going to make it. Not so much, he leaps again and both horse and rider do a perfect imitation of a submarine. The rider jumps up – Oh. My. Goodness! This water is FREEZING . Believe it or not, she gets back on and determines that she is going to continue-it’s about 35 degrees.
We ride along and come to another crossing. This wet rider is going to ride up tight behind another rider – another excellent rider – all is going well, until her horse slips and she goes down =( Now we have two wet riders.
On to the exciting part-Huntsman Dave views a coyote and we have a fun run. The hounds are singing out and the sounds are resonating through the trees. We are jumping all these coops, logs and anything in our path, running uphill, weaving through the trees. As we come up out of the trees and into the cornfield, Huntsman Dave views another coyote. The hounds kept hard on the first coyote and went out of country. (I’m getting a little confused). We viewed another coyote while we were at the whoopee wagon.
As we’re heading home (with 1.5 hounds) another coyote is viewed and they gave voice as well! We’re small but we’re ready!
One whipper-in had a bad encounter with a wicked tree, she’s using her stock tie to staunch the bleeding. Keith R comes up and is giving her instructions on how to take care of the wound, when he promptly runs into a tree and tears his ear open.
Thank goodness we have a variety of doctors and medical personal –including vets-that are members of our hunt and neatly stitched her up.
Huntsman Dave, Bre, MFH Dave, MFH Monte, Jubilee and Daryl went back and found all the hounds except one.
What a FABULOUS day! The hounds were rewarded with lots of coyotes and plenty of runs, the riders enjoyed plenty of speed, coops, logs and water crossings.
Tally Ho and see you tomorrow!
Carine and Indie
NHH Honorary Secretary