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 

Sunday
Nov052017

Directions for Tuesday 11/7/17 Joint Meet at Blue Ridge - 9:00am

Blue Ridge Hunt Joint meet on Tuesday 7th at 9am.
You can use the GPS address to find the fixture. It is a long drive off Rt.340.
Ratcatcher attire

 

Wednesday
Nov012017

Directions for Friday, 11/3/17, Joint Meet with Thornton Hill Hounds

Joint meet with Thornton Hill Hounds - Friday 11/3/17 - 9:00am - High Thicket - 367 Fletchers Mill Rd. Woodville, Va.22749 - Ratcatcher Attire 

Best route:
  1. Take Rt. 522 to Woodville. 
  2. Turn right on Rudasill Mill Rd. (Rt. 621)
  3. Follow to crossroads at Five Forks. 
  4. Turn left on Fletchers Mill Rd.
  5. Go past house, driveway on right park in field on right, THH sign.
If you go on 522 to turn at Fletchers Mill Rd/ Old Stable there is a narrow bridge and turn.

 

Wednesday
Oct182017

Bull Run Hunt Wins Reserve Champion Hunt at Pennsylvania National Horse Show!

Bull Run Hunt wins Reserve Champion Hunt for the Night!We are so proud of all our riders and horses for representing Bull Run Hunt at the 2017 Pennsylvania National Horse Show!  Bull Run ended up Reserve Champion Hunt for the night!  Special thanks goes to our riders Autumn Rogers, Amy Savell, Jennifer Oliver, Jamie Temple, Newlin Humphrey, and Pam Cibula and to Sally Lamb for helping organize the horses, riders, and teams!

Results

Riders 35 and Under

  • 1st - Autumn Rogers on JT
  • 6th - Jamie Temple on Sight Unseen

Ladies Hunter Under Saddle

  • 4th - Pam Cibula on Fine Art
  • 9th - Jennifer Oliver on Side Note

Hunt Teams

  • 3rd - BRH Team 1 - Amy Savell, Jennifer Oliver, Jamie Temple
  • 5th - BRH Team 2 - Pam Cibula, Newlin Humphrey, Autmun Rogers

Leading Lady Rider 

  • 1st - Autumn Rogers on JT

High Point Hunt

  • Reserve Championship - Bull Run Hunt 

 

Monday
Oct162017

Results from the Fall Hunter Pace

 

The Bull Run Hunter Pace at the Preserve was a huge success. Thanks to all who helped to make it a great day and to all who participated. Please contact Rosie Campbell, MFH for your ribbons. Following are the results of the divisions:

Hunt Division:
1st: Blaze of Glory - Mandy Hagan, Diane Trybul
2nd:Snow Hill Equestrian - Steve Walsh, Richard Dqw, Rachel Cannaway
3rd: Step at a Time 1 - Julie Williamson, Allison Howard
4th: Team EPF - Alana Ballard, Dana Hare, Victorial Couvau
5th: Brookhill Farm - Lynn Gebhard, Rena Morse, Hayden Harden
6th: Worthless Groom - Andy Stahling, Jamie Temple
7th: Team RWR - Jennifer Campbell, Anne Riley, Carolyn Fritz
8th: Hot to Trot - Annette Payne, AB Wade
9th: Shallow Brook - Sharon Smith, Mary Ellen Parsons
10th: Double J -Jame Altman, Jennifer Oliver

Junior Division:
1st: Team Aspen - Fiona Tustian, Anna and Emma Apel
2nd:Pink Ladies - Ashley and Hattie Brown
3rd: Rock Branch 2 - Carol Baber, Anna Baber, Natalie Nuchi, Amanda Reefer
4th: Girl Power - Colleen Roberts, Olivia Schultz
5th: 3 Amigos - Kathy Palmer, Kayla Smith, Catherine Foster
6th: Saddle Up Farm - Elizabeth Larney, Katie Keenan
7th: Madison Centaurs - Taylor Ford, Emily Saikora
8th: Rock Branch 1 - Taylor Thomas, Anika Valentine, Caleb Marder, Julianna

Pleasure Division:
1st: Quadruple Trouble - Suzanne Hubbard, Kendall Knisely, Jennifer Bee, Cristina Anthes
2nd:Mad Orange - Barbara Culbert, Charlene Isner
3rd: Feeling Frisky - Sandy Nelson, Nancy Chasen
4th: Oakland Heights - Laurel Moore, Cathy Giambalvo
5th: Half Awake - Katherine Szatrin, Elizabeth Menisa
6th: Ponies and Proseco - Lindsey Hastings, Archer Lewis
7th: Old Hags on Nags - Kris Nordlie, Wendy Bley
8th: Team Trimmer - Sid and Karen Trimmer
9th: Step at a Time 2 - Torrie Bailers, Rebecca Davies
10th:34 Hands - Robin Ciaponni, Gail Thunder

 

Monday
Oct092017

Directions to Joint Meet at Deep Run - Thursday, 10/12/17

Directions to Barclay’s Silo on Hells Bend Road 

From North:
  1. Rt.29 to Rt.15 South through Orange and Gordonsville to I64. 
  2. Take I64 East for one exit. 
  3. Take Ferncliff/ Louisa exit and turn Right. 
  4. Go through flashing light on Rt.659 south (Kent's Store Way). 
  5. Go approximately 3 miles to Kent's Store and take a right on Venable Road, just across from post office. 
  6. Go to the end and take a Left on Courthouse Rd. 
  7. Go approximately one mile and look for Hell's Bend Road on the right. 
  8. Parking 3/4 of a mile on left. 
From East:
About 13 miles west on Broad Street from Gum Spring Exit  - or – I-64 West to Shannon Hill exit 148, Left off exit to Rt. 250 - Broad Street Road, Right on Rt. 250; go West, Go approximately 2 ½ miles
  1. Left onto Rt. 653 - Three Chopt Road (sign for Kents Store)
  2. Go approximately 1/4 mile
  3. Left on Rt. 601 – Venable Road - go approximately 3.5 miles
  4. Go to yield sign at Kent’s Store
  5. Left at yield – is Rt. 659 – Cedar Lane;
  6. Go 4.4 miles (you will pass Byrd Hill) to the Y in road
  7. Bear Right to Wilmington Road - Rt. 608
  8. Go .7 miles
  9. Left onto Hells Bend Road – Rt. 606
  10. Go another .7 miles on left for Parking
From Rt. 6 West:
  1. Go to edge of the town of Columbia
  2. Take Right on Rt. 659 (Stage Junction Road) heading towards Ferncliff
  3. Go about 6 miles
  4. You will see the Lovings’ white fence on the left and the turn sign for Rt. 659 on the right
  5. Keep going straight & this becomes Wilmington Road Rt. 608
  6. Then follow .7 miles and go Left onto Hells Bend Road
  7. Go another .7 miles on left for Parking

 

Monday
Oct092017

Article on Bull Run Hunt in Horse Times magazine!

Be sure to check out the fall advertisement and article in the Autumn 2017 issue of Horse Times magazine! (Click link to view the entire issue or click the images below to see a larger version).

Tuesday
Oct032017

Directions for Joint Meet with Farmington - Sat (10/7) at 9:00am

Yadkin - 1460 Buck Mountain Ford Lane, Earlysville, VA, United States

Be sure to come from Catterton Rd. to Buck Mountain Ford Lane.  Your GPS or Google Maps may suggest an alternate route.  See the blue line on this map (you may need to zoom in first) to see which direction you should be coming from.   Park in the field on left past the white house (and Yadkin sign).

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!