June 22, 2018
Tennessee Valley Hunt Ball
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Tennessee Valley Hunt celebrated their 2017-2018 season at The Hunt Ball on March 24, 2018 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. The Hunt Ball culminates the regular hunt season with social festivities, fund raising for the hounds, and dancing to live music provided by the very talented “Nationwide Coverage” band.
The Hunt Ball featured dinner and a live auction of some fun activities.
Blackberry Farm offered two special activities: a Blackberry Farm Brewery Tour and a Private Whiskey tasting party, both including dinner at The Walnut Kitchen in Maryville, TN. Next on the auction block was a private rabbit hunt with Larry Bright and his National Champion Octorara Beagles, followed by Frogmore Stew Boil at Three Sisters on Blackberry Mountain. To clarify, the Frogmore Stew Boil contains NO frogs, but is a South Carolina Low Country one-pot meal with shrimp, corn, sausage, and potatoes cooked with a combination of seasonings.
Other items were: horseback riding lessons with the huntsman’s wife, Casey Balloch Johnsey; an Easter Egg Hunt at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville, TN; a party opportunity with dinner and dancing to live music at Pure Water Farm; a week’s getaway at a penthouse apartment in New York City just three blocks from Central Park; and a photography session with portrait photographer Laura Pierpont. All proceeds from the auction went towards supporting the Tennessee Valley foxhounds.
Tennessee Valley’s hunt season begins with cubbing in September and October, followed by the formal season November through mid-March. The hounds go out three times a week, and there are multiple hunt fixtures in east Tennessee. In addition, TVH participates in joint meets and hound trials throughout the season.
A new kennel is under construction near New Market, Tennessee, about 30 miles east of Knoxville. Some hunts in the 2018-2019 season will originate from the new kennel.
Find more about the Tennessee Valley Hunt at: http://www.tvhfox.com
Formal foxhunting season ends in March, but there are spring and summer opportunities for learning more about the sport and showing off hounds. The Southern Hound Show is April 7, 2018 at Live Oak Plantation, Monticello, Florida. The Carolinas Hound Show is May 12, 2018 at Lyell’s Meadow in Southern Pines, NC. The Penn-Marydel Foxhound Show is also May 12 in Fair Hill, Maryland. The Virginia Foxhound Show is May 27, 2018 at Morven Park in in Leesburg, Virginia. The Bryn Mawr Hound Show is June 2, 2018 in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) biennial hunt staff seminar is June 22-24, 2018 in Mount Vernon/Alexandria, Virginia. Find more information about the hound shows and biennial seminar at: https://mfha.com
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