Cubbing started this past Saturday under extremely warm and humid conditions. Before hounds came out of the truck they had begun panting. I brought only fifteen hounds. Nine riders participated. They were Kate, Judy, Marie, Leslie, Janet, Erin, Gretel, Diane and me. We stayed out two hours and came in soaked from the heat. Scenting was not holding and hounds didn't even speak once except a few younger ones on a small deer that popped up. They were warned and turned back immediately.
Truck followers Eddie and Hanke saw four turkeys cross the Evans field. Hounds showed no interest. I think from lack of scent. To sum it up in another way, my guess is that no fox would like running in the hot, sticky conditions. Some of us jumped the new Stonewall Hounds coup made by Ed Sarra. It is beautiful, sturdy and in a lovely spot.
Back at the trailers we celebrated Diane's birthday. All in all we had a good time. I was glad to finally let hounds go and hunt.
Since the same conditions were predicted for today, Tuesday Sept.4, we enjoyed a 2 hour trail ride at the Meadows and left the hounds at home. Participants were Kate, Lisa, Jane, Elizabeth, Nina, Alicia, Emily and me. The new trails that we rode for the first time and the cleared older ones were great! Thank you to all the trail workers. Saturday's weather should be better at Wallis Farm. After the hunt we will be celebrating 3 birthdays that I know of: Cheryl, Judy and Janet. Please bring a dish to share.
See You Then,