Hunt Monitor

(540) 829-8353

Please always call before heading out to make sure of time, fixture, and conditions.

Hon. Secretary  908-400-8223

Field Secretary - 540-672-5128 

Thursday
Sep072017

Warrenton Horse Show 2017 Hunt Night Results

We are so proud of all the riders and horses that represented Bull Run Hunt at the 2017 Warrenton Horse Show Hunt Night!

Junior Over Fences: 7th Newlin Humphries, 8th Alexis Williams

Ladies Over Fences Age 19 - 30: 1st Liz Rock

Ladies Over Fences Age 31-45: 3rd Pam Cibula

Hunter Pairs: 1st Jamie Temple/Newlin Humphries, 3rd Pam Cibula/Liz Rock

Ladie's Hack (42 entries!): 2nd Liz Rock, 4th Pam Cibula, 6th Jamie Temple

Gentleman's Hack: 8th Jamey Altman

Best Turned Out: Liz Rock

High Point Rider: Liz Rock

Hunt Teams: 1st Pam Cibula/Liz Rock/Newlin Humphries, 3rd Amy Savell/Rosie Campbell/Heather Mullins, 6th Lindsey Colvin/JoJo Rodriquez/Alexis Williams (all juniors)

Bull Run Reserve Champion Hunt for Hunt Night

(c) Liz Callar

Friday
Sep012017

Letter from the Masters about 2017-2018 Season

Dear BRH Members and Friends of the Hunt,

The Masters of Bull Run welcome everyone to our 107th season of hunting.  BRH has had an incredible summer.  Early hunting begins September 5th, Opening Meet will be October 22nd and Closing Meet will be March 31, 2018.  We have over 100 hunting days planned for our 2017/2018 season.  We hope you had a delightful summer and have your horses and rider in shape for what is shaping up to be our best hunting year ever.   A few highlights of recent and upcoming events are:


Recent News & Events

  • BRH hounds excelled at summer hound shows.   When Charles joined us three years ago, he put in place a five year hound development program to get our pack to a level of national recognition.  The strong hunting performance by our hounds last season and the success we had this summer at hound shows suggests the pack is ahead of Charles’ schedule.  Having observed the hounds perform over the last month with staff hunting, Members are in for a real treat next week.  Congratulations to Charles, Boo, Annie and our whips for getting our pack in such fine hunting form.

    • Update on the Hounds from Charles:

    • The spring and summer at the kennels are spent preparing our young hounds to be members of the pack.  Next year's entry are started walking on leashes, learning their names, and eventually walking out on foot with the pack on exercise.  Preparation for the Hound and Puppy Shows is the final step in the preparation for the young hounds entry into the pack. This preparation helps them to gain confidence in new and stressful environments which hopefully translates into increased resiliency in the hunting field.

    • The Virginia Hound Show is the largest gathering of foxhounds in the world.  To win a class there is a big accomplishment. Bull Run won two classes this year - the Stallion Hound Class with Neptune and the Benjamin H. Hardaway Performance Trial Trophy for the Champion Performance Trial Hound with Ella. Neptune, our stallion hound winner, is a young hound who was drafted to us as an unentered hound by the Hillsboro Hounds in Tennessee; he was also the winner of Bull Run's first puppy show. This big white dog, who is starting his third season, is young to be a stallion hound but the hunting ability he showed during his first season convinced me that his genetics should be a part of Bull Run's pack.  In order for Ella to qualify for the Performance Trial Championship class at Virginia Hound Show she had to score within the top 10 hounds in one of three scoring categories at a recognized performance trial.  Ella did this as part of our trial-winning group at Belle Meade Field Trial last winter.  Ella is a big friendly tri-colored girl who was here to be entered my first season as huntsman at Bull Run.  From the beginning she has exhibited great leadership and hunting ability within the pack.

    • Our second annual puppy show was won this year by a blue mottled dog pup named Skye.  He and his brother Seymour, during their third hunt in staff hunting this season, were part of the pack that put a red fox to ground after a great run.  I think this litter will add greatly to the hunting ability of the pack and a maybe their genetics will be added into the pack in the future.  We will have to see.  Ella, Neptune, and Skye with their outgoing personalities and great drive in the field have become some of personal favorite hound friends.  I am lucky in that I have a whole pack of friends.  The hounds are walked out on foot from the kennels at 8:00 AM on Wednesday mornings.  All members are welcome to come and join us and get to know these amazing animals better.  

    • After hound show season ended, Boo has been hard at work getting horses fit.  We have a four year-old thoroughbred gelding that we are bringing along as the young blood for our hunt strings and we hope to have him out hunting mid to late season. Annie and Boo are working hard on getting the GPS collar technology in smooth working order so that we can have two GPS units in the hunting field this season - Boo's on horseback and one in the truck with Annie. Annie in addition to her usual duties with puppies and kennels has been hard at work learning the finer points of truck whipping and using the GPS tracker.  She has also been riding a few horses and learning the country around the kennels.

    • Annie, Boo, and I are looking forward to the season at hand. Come hunt with us. -Charles Montgomery, Huntsman

  • BRH Puppy Show was a lot of fun and a financial success for the Hound Fund,

  • Summer Trail Rides were well attended and attracted a lot of riders new to BRH,

  • Kennel Improvements. If you haven’t been to the kennels recently, it’s amazing the transformation that has occurred.  Not only have we completed a multi-year upgrade to the kennels with new fencing, hound runs, tack room and feed room, we have now completed fencing 40 acres of  paddocks.  Thank you to everyone (shout out to Bucky Hill!) who contributed to making our facility one of the best in the country.


Upcoming Events

  • Performance Trials.  BRH is honored to have been selected by the MFHA to jointly host with Rappahannock the Hark Forward Fall Classic Performance Trial October 19th thru 21st.   It is going to be a great event and coincides with our Opening Meet, October 22nd.  Three hunts, post-hunt breakfasts and the Awards Dinner with the MFHA board over four days!  Hounds, staff and members from eight hunts will be participating, so get ready for great hunting and camaraderie. Check BullRunHunt.com for more details.  Be sure to invite our hunting friends from around the country, particularly those who enjoy our March Madness!  Not only is it an opportunity to showcase BRH, but for foxhunters from around the country to get in a lot of foxhunting, participate in a great social program and meet the MFHA board.

  • BRH Fall Hunter Pace is September 24th.  Let’s make this one our best yet!

  • Membership Growth. As our reputation as “the most fun hunt in Virginia” grows, so does our membership.  We are pleased with the large number of new member applications.  Please join us in giving these new members a big BRH welcome!

  • Trail Clearing. Over the summer new trails and roads have been opened to give us more access to our large, beautiful territory.  However, a wet spring and summer have accelerated plant growth and we are “up against it” getting all our trails mowed and trimmed in August and September.  We need more tractors and mowers in the field now!  We also want to hire an experienced operator, preferably with their own tractor and mower, immediately to help get everything done by the end of September.  If you know someone, please have them contact Rosie.  We would also appreciate any contributions to our Trail Clearing Fund to help offset this expense.  There is nothing like a great chase through the forest on well-maintained trails.


Your Masters are committed to maintaining a high quality of hunting that complies with the long traditions of our sport.  These traditions all have a purpose to promote enjoyment and safety.  This season we are focusing on field etiquette.

  • First and foremost, respecting landowner property is a priority.  Staying to the edge of planted fields and making sure all gates we pass through that were closed, remain closed.  Also, acknowledging and thanking landowners every chance we get is a great practice to maintain positive landowner relations.  Foxhunting is a community activity and we should do everything we can to ensure landowners and non-hunters enjoy our presence in the community.

  • Given the size of our territory and large forested areas, radios have become a necessity for staff to communicate during the hunt.  However, radio chatter can be distracting from the enjoyment of being outside experiencing the sounds of nature, the voices of our hounds and excitement from the unpredictability of the chase.  We ask that only staff have radios turned on in the hunt field. Car followers are welcome to use radios to help them stay with the hunt.

  • BRH has a long tradition of offering three fields from which riders may choose based on the ability of horses and riders, hunting conditions and terrain.  Once you have chosen the field in which you wish to ride for a particular hunt, it is essential you stay in that field.  You must stay with your field master.  Unless you have a tack failure or an injury to your horse or yourself, never pull up.  If you need an exception to these rules, make a request to your field master.  If in the middle of a chase, you are having difficulty maintaining an acceptable distance with riders in front of you, let other riders politely pass you.  Finally, if you find it necessary to retire from the field before the end of the hunt, inform your field master, but only leave the field with someone who knows the way back to the meet!


Your Masters are incredibly excited about the upcoming season.  We look forward to joining with you to uphold our reputation as the most “fun hunt in Virginia”.  We know the key to having fun is being with others who are having fun, so SMILE-HAVE FUN!  Let’s make this hunting season our best one yet.

Happy Hunting!

BRH Masters


Tuesday
Apr112017

Bull Run Hunt Spring Clay Shoot Results!

Men's

1st: Ahmed LaBault 62 ( Won Tie)
2nd: Brian Damiani 62 (Lost tie)
3rd: Kyle Temple 60
4th: 3 way Tie: Dick Bickel, James Fitzgerald & Jessie Huddleston

Junior's

1st: Jack Quinn 58
2nd Brody Fisher 55
3rd: Liam Burke 38

Women's

1st: Kim Wilkins 31

Hunt Teams

1st: Bull Run Hunt ( Top 3 - Dick Bickel 59, Rob Martin 54, Jimmy Hanagan 35)
2nd: Warrenton ( Top 3 - Brian Vella 50, Carter Vella 45, Rick Laimbeer 37)
3rd: Farmington ( Top 3 - Mark Thompson 40, Reynolds Cowles 38, JB Birdsall 37)
Thanks to our sponsors: Big Iron Outdoors, Bull Run Shooting Center, Blue Ridge Trailers, Central Virginia Sporting Clays, Plow and Hearth & Purcell's Custom Firearms.
And thanks to all the members who came out and supported our fund raiser and all the hard working RSO's. We could not have done it without each and everyone of you!

 

Sunday
Apr092017

Bull Run Hunt Spring Hunter Pace Results!

Hunt Division

Team # Names Time out Time in Elapsed Time Place Time off pace time
19 Blue Star, Priscilla Friedberg 11:44:25 AM 12:14:48 PM 0:30:23 1 0:05:15
9 Jumping For Joy, Amy Savell 10:15:16 AM 10:47:38 AM 0:32:22 2 0:07:14
1 Step at a Time I, Julie Williamson 9:15:05 AM 9:48:57 AM 0:33:52 3 0:08:44
2 Step at a Time II, Jack Hook 9:15:15 AM 9:49:09 AM 0:33:54 4 0:08:46
12 All About Flatter, Bridgette Efaw 10:21:07 AM 10:57:30 AM 0:36:23 5 0:11:15
16 Terrific Thompson, Mark and Shelly 11:02:47 AM 11:40:12 AM 0:37:25 6 0:12:17
8 Mobile Home Mommas, Carter Iseman 10:12:54 AM 10:51:48 AM 0:38:54 7 0:13:46
17 Riddle Me This, Cheryl and Budd Riddle 11:29:17 AM 12:16:46 PM 0:47:29 8 0:22:21

Junior Division

Pinny # Names Time out Time in Elapsed Time Place Time off pace time
15 Hope's Legacy, Jenny Germoth 11:48:39 AM 12:43:25 PM 0:54:46 1 0:16:31
21 Duet, Armena Smithberger 10:42:29 AM 11:43:18 AM 1:00:49 2 0:22:34

Pleasure Division

Team # Names Time out Time in Elapsed Time Place Time off pace time
18 Odd Couple, Suzy Gheris 11:32:31 AM 12:14:48 PM 0:42:17 1 0:02:43
20 Spring Gap, Cindy Walsh 11:57:01 AM 12:51:25 PM 0:54:24 2 0:09:24
3 White Oak Stables, Greta Krafsis 9:20:07 AM 10:15:04 AM 0:54:57 3 0:09:57
4 Young and Restless, Adrianna Waddy 9:27:47 AM 10:27:39 AM 0:59:52 4 0:14:52
6 Triple Threat, Anne Young 10:01:12 AM 11:03:21 AM 1:02:09 5 0:17:09
11 Team Powhaten, India Pruitt 10:18:09 AM 11:24:46 AM 1:06:37 6 0:21:37
10 Shenanignas, Amber Littlejohn 10:25:19 AM 11:32:31 AM 1:07:12 7 0:22:12
7 Fantastic Four, Brandon Miles 10:23:21 AM 11:36:02 AM 1:12:41 8 0:27:41
14 Team Blue Creek, Lynne Allen 11:04:09 AM 12:21:13 PM 1:17:04 9 0:32:04
5 Three "S's", Erica Stevens 9:38:58 AM 10:59:29 AM 1:20:31 10 0:35:31
Wednesday
Mar082017

Directions for BRH/ODH Joint meet at Belle Plaine 3/9/17

The directions for tomorrow's joint meet can be found by putting in your starting location here - http://mapq.st/2eapR93 

The street address is 2488 South James Madison Highway, Orange, Va 22960 - NOTE:  Mapquest and Vehicle GPS can find it but Google Maps DOES NOT know where it is.

Text directions from Culpeper:
  1. ​From the Rt15/Rt29 interchange south of Culpeper​, take Route 15 South towards Orange for 11.5 miles (you will cross into Madison County)
  2. The drive way will be next to the Great Run and will have a tan sign with black letters saying "Belle Plaine"
  3. Follow the gravel driveway until you see a double metal gate, pull into this field for parking.  The lunch will be across the driveway in the grass riding arena.
The BBQ lunch will begin at 11:30am and hounds will go off at 1:00pm
Attire is ratcatcher.
Monday
Jan232017

Bull Run Hunt Wins Belle Meade Performance Trial!

Bull Run Hunt won the Best Pack (among many other awards) at the 2017 Belle Meade Performance Trials in Thoson, Ga!!!  You can view all the placings by clicking here.

Below you will find the placings for BRH Hounds:

Overall Scores (You can find each individual day's scores at the link above)

  • Hunting - The persistent search for game at any time when good trailing or running is not in the sensible vicinity.  A hound that persistently hunts for permitted quarry scent should be scored for hunting even if it does not find the scent.  A hound may be scored  for hunting with  its head up or down depending on scent conditions.  A harking, following or drifting hound should not be scored as a hunting hound.
    • 1st Place - Spree
    • 4th Place - Nicely
    • 7th Place - Nightcap
  • Trailing - The act of actually following the game at distance while giving tongue and making every effort to catch up to the game.  A trailing score should not be given in any instance where solid running of game is in the immediate vicinity.  However, hounds may be scored for trailing separate game at the same time so long as no part of the pack is involved in a chase in which FULL CRY scores are being given.
    • 1st Place - Spree
    • 2nd Place - Nicely
    • 4th Place - Nightcap
  • Full Cry - When a fox or coyote is started and the pack is running, the Judges should endeavor to get to the pack and score all hounds participating in a Full Cry chase.
    • 2nd Place - Spree
    • 3rd Place - Dash
    • 7th Place - Nicely
    • 8th Place - Ella
  • Endurance - A hound must score in either Hunting or Trailing plus Full Cry to receive an Endurance score.
    • 1st Place - Spree
    • 8th Place - Nicely
    • 9th Place - Dash
  • Overall
    • 1st Place - Spree
    • 5th Place - Nicely
    • 8th Place - Dash
    • 9th Place - Nightcap
    • 13th Place - Ella
    • 36th Place - Perfect
  • Hunt Scores
    • 1st Place - Bull Run
    • 2nd Place - Fox River Valley
    • 3rd Place - Belle Meade
    • 4th Place - Bridlespur
    • 5th Place - Millcreek
    • 6th Place - Farmington
  • Huntsman's Choice (out of all hounds competing) - Spree

 

Wednesday
Dec212016

Thanksgiving Hunt through the Eyes of a Junior

Check out this great drawing down by young Thomas of his mother and himself hunting with Bull Run on Thanksgiving Day!  He even included the fox and hounds!

Tuesday
Dec132016

Jay Moore elected new BRH Master, Jerry Wade named Fieldmaster, and Fred Burks to takeover as President

At the board meeting Sunday night, the BRH Board made three important decisions.  First was the election of Jay Moore to become a Joint Master of Bull Run.  Accordingly, Jay will resign as President of BRH effective immediately. Second was Fred Burks, Vice President of the BRH Board, per our bylaws, becoming our President to serve out the remainder of Jay’s term.  Third was the appointment of Jerry Wade as Field Master of Bull Run Hunt. 

Jay’s selection was submitted to the board by the Masters after months of careful consideration.  On behalf of the Masters, Rosie submitted Jay’s nomination to the board with the following commentary of Jay’s unique qualifications to serve:

 “While we are fortunate that Bull Run Hunt is currently in a very strong position, fox hunting in general is under threat. Fox hunting as a sport and a way of life is looking for a way to survive into the future.  In 2011 there were 208 paid professionals and 156 hunts active, according to the MFHA.  Today there are 180 paid professionals, and many of those are being paid just gas mileage and costs.  And in 2016 there are 144 hunts.  In five yearswe’ve lost 12 hunts and 28 professional hunt jobs.  The trend for fox hunting in America is Downward.  

The Masters need someone who has a keen knowledge of the economy, budgeting and investment, someone who can help us define a strategy that not only keeps us more than barely solvent, but who can help us define a way to grow and prosper.

We believe that Jay has a calm, positive, knowledgeable way of dealing with economic and business issues, and understands both the local and national economy, and someone who can help Bull Run Hunt grow, rather than struggle.

The bottom line is this… there are new hunts coming on board nation-wide, that’s true.  But there are more hunts that are declining, losing territory, and having a hard time finding a way to make a fox hunting pack economically stable.   This is a strategic issue, it is an economic issue, and we need a calm positive approach to move into the future.  We think Jay can help us do that, and we Masters feel we need him. It’s not about merit badges, gold stars, or titles. It’s about what Bull Run Hunt needs most, right now.”

Mike added that Jay has demonstrated strong leadership and diplomacy skills as our President and is in a position in his life where he can commit the time, resources and willingness to hunting and hunt affairs.  Mike particularly noted that Jay will be very effective with critical Master responsibilities including landowner relations, MFHA efforts to protect fox hunting from legislative attack, employee management, asset management, new member development and a long term strategy for the development of Bull Run.

With Jay vacating the office of President to assume his Master responsibilities, we are delighted that Fred Burks is willing to serve as our President until our next board elections.  Thank you Fred.

Of special note, the board passed the following resolution:

“After many years of faithful service to Bull Run Hunt as an informal field master, leading the first field, when called upon to do so, with energy, enthusiasm and an extraordinary understanding of hounds, horses and foxes, Bull Run Hunt would like to recognize and formally appoint Jerry Wade as a Field Master of Bull Run Hunt.  As a Field Master of Bull Run Hunt, Jerry will participate in the rotation with Hunt Masters in leading the first field for Bull Run Hunt.”

Thank you Jerry for all you do for Bull Run and we look forward to your leadership in the hunt field.

These are important events for our club and we are so appreciative of the contributions these individuals have made to Bull Run and their willingness to continue to serve us in their new roles. Please join us in congratulating Jay, Fred and Jerry.

Sunday
Dec042016

Information for hunt with Keswick on Monday (11/5/16)

Hunting at 10:00am 

Waverley Farm
13434 Waverley Dr., Somerset, Va 22972 - (Frequently, gps does not come up for the farm and takes people to another part of the county be sure to double check)
Directions:
  1. 20 south out of Orange (towards Charlottesville)
  2. Approx 1/2 mile after the intersection of 20 and 231, turn right on to rt.609
  3. Waverley Farm entrance is first drive on the left
KHC monitor number for last minute updates is 434-296-9405

 

Thursday
Nov172016

Information for Sunday (11/20/16) meet with Deep Run

10am meet - formal dress

Best approximate GPS address - 24000 River Rd, Rapidan, VA 22733

  1. Take Rt.20 East out of Orange towards Wilderness.  
  2. Go to Rt.522 and turn left at lights onto 522 N.  
  3. Go north to River Rd on left (opp. Raccoon Ford rd).  
  4. Turn on River Rd (636). 
  5. Go past Bushy Mtn Rd (on left) and at the bottom of the hill park in the harvested bean field on left. The river will be opposite the field.