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August 14, 2017

dear Landowners, Subscribers and Friends,

As we write this letter we have been experiencing the dog days of summer with very high temperatures and ridiculous humidity. Fortunately, in focusing on the upcoming hunting season, our thoughts turn toward the cool crisp fall mornings when we can once again enjoy our great sport of foxhunting.

This year we are excited about hunting with our enthusiastic new huntsman, Richard Roberts. With his charming and talented wife, Colleen, Richard comes to us after spending the last seven seasons hunting hounds for our friends at the Deep Run Hunt. Richard spends endless hours with hounds in the Kennels. It is evident that he has a great love for his hounds and hunting. Along with getting close to his pack, Richard is clearing trails, learning the country and building hunt panels. Having the opportunity to meet landowners and farmers along the way is one of his favorite features of the job.

Richard is supported by first whipper-in, Libby Gilbert, who begins her third season with us, and barn manager/whipper-in, Lisa Tartaglia. Lisa, like Libby, grew up in Kennels under the guidance of a father who was a professional huntsman of an American pack.

Naming our impressive staff would not be complete without mentioning our long standing and much loved honorary whipper-in, Carey Shefte. She has been the constant that has helped our huntsmen for many years.

One of Richard’s first duties after joining us was to prepare our young entry for our fourth Annual Puppy Show. It took place at Huntland, thanks to the kindness of Dr. Betsee Parker. Our puppies were judged by Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Perrin; they are long-time Masters of Deep Run Hunt.

Richard and Libby then successfully showed our hounds at the Virginia Hound Show. Hounds showed beautifully, winning several ribbons and demonstrating the almost immediate connection Richard has established with his hounds.

Probably the class that was the most rewarding at the Virginia Hound Show was the Junior Handlers’ Class. It pleased us because, in preparation, our children worked very hard, practicing many evenings with their hounds at the Kennels, under the tutelage of staff and Masters. They learned to communicate with their hounds, most of whom out-weighed their handlers by a fair amount. In the end, out of more than forty entrants in the under 11 division, Aria and “Winston” won the class, while Gwenevere and “Rumor” placed fifth. Honorable Mention went to our other 4 competitors: Weston, Bennett, Miranda and Charlene. Troy earned Honorable Mention in the older (11 to 16) division. What is more pertinent to our future than the enthusiasm and involvement of these youngsters?

Speaking of accolades, thanks to the efforts of Scott Kaprowicz, the Middleburg Hunt in January was given the 2017 Hunting Habitat Conservation Award of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. We were recognized for having made “significant and enduring contributions towards the preservation of rural countryside and its flora and fauna.”

Listed below are the activities and the dates to save for the upcoming season. Make a note on your calendar of our full schedule.


All of these events bring us back to the importance we place on this community tradition of foxhunting. Our sport continues to face challenges, the greatest of which are
maintaining open space and defending ourselves against legislative and governmental actions that may restrict our sport.

We appreciate our open space. As we have said many times before, our generous landowners make foxhunting possible. Each piece of land, large or small, is key to the
sport for which the Middleburg countryside is known. Every year more and more acres in the Middleburg Hunt territory are being protected. Landowners are leading in this
concerted community-wide effort to put land in permanent easement and are taking advantage of significant savings in their federal and state taxes. These favorable tax laws
may not always exist. We are hopeful that the Middleburg Hunt will be able to celebrate hunting for many years to come and would like the opportunity to discuss and to assist our
landowners in any way to preserve our hunting country. Please feel free to contact us.

Please remember that hunting is a special privilege we enjoy thanks to the generosity of our landowners.  When not hunting, you must obtain specific permission from landowners for cross-country riding privileges.  These are our neighbors and should be treated with due respect. 

Legislators respond to numbers. All foxhunting enthusiasts, who are interested in preserving the sport, whether you ride or spectate, should become Subscribing Members of the Masters of Foxhounds Association.  By increasing the numbers of foxhunting supporters on the MFHA roster, more voices will be heard at the State Capitals where legislation detrimental to our sport frequently appears.  Now is the time to be counted among those who love the sport.  Your subscription includes the MFHA’s national publication, Covertside, and a handsome bumper sticker that will identify you as a foxhunting enthusiast.  To subscribe, visit the MFHA website www.mfha.org.  We encourage all to join.

If you are interested in becoming a Middleburg Hunt subscriber for the 2017-2018 season, please contact one of the Masters.  We remind you of our growing category of subscriber, called “Social Subscriber.”  Social Subscribers are invited to all hunt functions and are afforded the privileges of all other subscribers, with the exception of riding to hounds.  These non-hunting subscribers are some of our most enthusiastic and add a wonderful dimension to our hunt family.  We are grateful that they are a part of the Middleburg Hunt.

The category of subscription called Young Adults has been quite successful. It affords foxhunters age 22 to 25 the opportunity to subscribe at a reduced rate.  As always, children under 14 (with an adult) hunt for free, and juniors age 14 to 21 hunt for a nominal fee.  We want everyone to be able to afford to learn about hunting and ensure the future of our sport.

We look forward to sharing the upcoming foxhunting season with all of you.  We remind you that for updates, information and to contact the Masters by e-mail, please visit our website, www.middleburghunt.com. You may also visit us on Facebook.

Also on our website are our Hunting Guidelines that we wrote especially for our subscribers. In preparation for the upcoming season, we suggest that you read them to refresh your memory about these common sense rules that are meant to make the sport as safe and as much fun as possible.  By maintaining the traditions of the sport, we will maintain its beauty and, with a little luck, its longevity.

We encourage you to share with us your e-mail address.  We use e-mail to communicate information about upcoming activities. When time allows, we e-mail announcements and last minute changes.  So, please send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to info@middleburghunt.com.

Speaking of last minute changes, we advise subscribers to check the Kennel recording at (540) 687-8411 each hunting day before you leave for the meet.

Our phone numbers are listed below.  We always enjoy hearing from you and hope you will share your thoughts, suggestions and ideas; they do not go unnoticed.  What is important to you is important to the Masters.




Jeffrey M. Blue, M.F.H.                         Mrs. John B. Denegre, M.F.H.                         Timothy B. Harmon
(540)687-5759                                      (540)687-6069                                                  (202)596-5117