September 13 Hunt Report: Delaney Multi-Sport Complex in Stow

Today was the first hunt of the season and it was a fine day. A bit warm, but beautiful. Thanks to Ginny for starting out the season with such a pleasant hunt and for Rhonda Hettinger, Sue Bater and Lori Baldwin for whipping. The hounds did very well despite the heat. This is a really beautiful territory — the view over the dam was particularly splendid this morning.

Thanks to Carolyn Jazowski’s idea of offering discounted Hilltopping certificates at the Pace event, we had a guest join us for her first hunt ever. Jane and her horse had a great time and she was enthusiastic about hunting with us again.

Rhonda wrote a nice description of today’s hunt that she posted on Foxhunters Online. I hope she doesn’t mind that I reprint it here.

We had a great time, despite its having to be a short hunt (our normal third section of drag had to be left out due to large trees still down on the trail–although two of us venturesome whips, having been separated from others anyway due to a bee-scapade, decided we’d see if it was possible to get round and/or under–and we proved it was possible!) Hounds did a wonderful job in not very favorable scenting conditions, as it warmed rapidly–kept trying the whole way, and seemed to be honest in not giving tongue unless they really were on the line. It was a small week-day field, so everyone could be up close and able to see and hear hounds.

Cute scenario near the beginning, with possibilities for an animated cartoon. Hounds had found the line, and followed it from the “bowl” of the flood control area up to the ridge above, heading towards a wooded trail. A couple of the younger ones apparently spotted me paralleling them, and debated coming towards me… Looked to me as if a vaporish bit of scent (picture a cartoon hand) wafted up, grabbed them by the nose, and tweaked them 45 degrees back onto their correct path!

Second delight of the day was when we realized that we had one more hound than we thought. Another of the younger ones (littermate to the two above) had somehow eluded discovery and gotten onto the hound truck with those drawn for hunting. She’d been left out of our selection since she’d been quite shy of horses last spring. Not only did she stay well with the pack and apparently ignore her previous worries, she even gave tongue several times! So we decided things do happen for the best!

Rhonda

Spring Poker Ride Results

Thanks to all the riders who braved the weather and participated in Old North Bridge Hound’s Spring Poker Ride today. Although it was raining hard at 9 a.m., there was a break in the clouds that allowed most riders to stay relatively dry.

Please be sure to join us again at Great Brook State Farm in the fall when we run our more traditional Hunter Pace!

Spring 2010 Poker Ride Results (Click on chart to enlarge).

Old North Bridge Hounds Elects New Stewards

The members of Old North Bridge Hounds elected new officers and stewards at our Annual Meeting on May 16.

President: Stuart Greenberg
Vice President: Thomas Moran
Secretary: Janet Killeen
Treasurer: Norman ‘Chic’ Daigle

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Board of Stewards

  • Nöel Estes
  • Wendy Good
  • Meta Greenberg
  • Jon Kaiser
  • Bill Pybas
  • Jim Wheeler
  • Ginny Zukatynski
  • Rhonda Watts Hettinger
  • Deborah Wiedemer
  • Honorary: David Green

At the annual meeting Mim presented Ginny with the ONBH pin to commemorate her first season as huntsman.