Field Hunters: Students Participate in Fox Hunt on Campus

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Farmington Hunt Club hosted its weekly hunt on MSA's elaborate network of trails. Members of the MSA equestrian team participated in the hunt as a culmination of their riding season. For many, it was their first time riding in a hunt. For other more experienced equestrians, the hunt was an added value to their season of practicing English-style riding. 

In what has become an annual event at MSA, the Farmington Hunt Club brought their fox hounds and staff to the MSA campus to conduct a fox hunt. While the FHC hunts multiple times on the campus, this hunt is a special hunt as it concludes the season for the MSA equestrian program.

 
As they made their way through woods they found a fox that then ran across the MSA sports fields and followed the Miller Branch of the Mechum River.  The hounds chased after the fox for a solid 30 minutes before losing him the tangle of a downed tree.
— Gene Gartner, Equestrian Coach
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At the hunt this year were three students who have never experienced fox hunting before and one student who has hunted for the past three years.  The students were treated to an excellent day of hunting by FHC Huntsman Matthew Cook and the Masters of the Farmington Hunt, Mrs. Joy Crompton, Mrs. Elizabeth King and Mr. Patrick Butterfield.

 
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Matt Cook took his hounds down through the woods above the school’s water tower.  As they made their way through woods, they found a fox that then ran across the MSA sports fields and followed the Miller Branch of the Mechum River.  The hounds chased after the fox for a solid 30 minutes before losing him the tangle of a downed tree.

 
For the students, it was a great experience to see the hounds in action, to hear their voices as they chased the fox and to experience some high speed riding through the extensive MSA trail system.
— Gene Gartner, Equestrian Coach
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For the students, it was a great experience to see the hounds in action, to hear their voices as they chased the fox and to experience some high speed riding through the extensive MSA trail system.  For the day, the hunt covered almost eight miles of the MSA campus and bordering properties.

 
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