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Norfolk Hunt Has Another Successful Thanksgiving Day Event

Organizers say there were about 46 horses and riders, 24 hounds, and 200 spectators at this year's event.

Tom Lewis, Master of Fox Hounds, addressing the field of riders at the Steeplechase Course. Credit: Kathie Davenport at www.kmdphotos.com
Tom Lewis, Master of Fox Hounds, addressing the field of riders at the Steeplechase Course. Credit: Kathie Davenport at www.kmdphotos.com
This year marked another successful Thanksgiving Day Hunt sponsored by the Norfolk Hunt Club.

The hunt started at the Steeplechase Course in Medfield, continued on to the Medfield State Hospital, then all the way to Charlescote Farm in Sherborn, and back.

Organizers estimate there were about 46 horses and riders, and about 24 hounds on the hunt. More than 200 people were there to watch the start of the Hunt, despite the cold, windy morning, but with lots of sun.   

About the Hunt

The hunt is a drag hunt which means the hounds follow a scent dragged by a human along a predetermined path.  Norfolk Hunt has always been a drag hunt, it does not hunt real foxes.  

dontlinkmyposts December 04, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Why not hunt a real fox? The drag thing seems silly. This isn't England, we still hunt
GM December 08, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Three reasons come to mind for me. First, I suspect that the riders are primarily in it for the joy of the horse-back ride rather than the actual hunting of a fox. Second, hunting is illegal in Medfield, at least if it involves a firearm. Third, foxes hunt mice. We can use all the foxes we can get in Medfield if we want help in controlling the spread of Lyme disease!

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