We have had unusually cold weather for December here in Virginia and conditions have not been great for foxhunting. Some meets have still been held, however, and here are a few shots from Bull Run Hunt and Old Dominion Hounds. For more foxhunting photos please visit Susan M. Carter Photography.
It snowed about 10 days before Christmas and most clubs canceled but Bull Run Hunt did not. As they said on the hunt monitor, they were going, “rain, sleet, snow or shine.”
Bull Run takes out more hounds than some of the other clubs.
They also take a sensible approach and dress informally in bad weather.
The meet left from their kennels and not all the hounds were happy to be left behind.
Old Dominion went out a few days later after some of the snow had melted but it was still very cold and the ground was slippery.
The hounds flushed a fox within the first five minutes but quickly lost the scent in the windy conditions.
It’s not just hounds that don’t want to be left out of the fun – this horse jumped out of his pasture and ran after the hunt. The miscreant was captured and returned home.
The ground proved too slippery and when one of the horses fell, they gave up and called it a day.