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The Kennels

 

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Take a moment to become familiar with the true stars of our Hunt, the Hounds! Since 1969, RMH had been one of two Hunts in America that exclusively hunted English foxhounds. Although for many years they served our English huntsmen well, they were not well suited for our country, where cropland became forest and the forest became cutovers, the scenting became more difficult. As the land changed, we needed to change to a breed of hound with improved scenting capibilities.  In 1999, our masters made a decision to move from English hounds to Penn-Marydel hounds.

This began in earnest with the arrival of our new Huntsman, David Raley in 1999 and introduction of Penn-Marydel hound.  Today our pack is all Penn-Marydel and with David’s training, our hounds were showing us some of the best sport in years.   With David's departure in 2011, he left us with one of the best Penn-Marydel packs in the nation. Master and WhipperIn Garry Riggs "carried the horn" for the 2011-2012 season and provided the membership with some of the best hunting we have ever experienced.

Long before hunt season even begins, the huntsman starts working the hounds. Hound exercise is the first step. Not only is it for the physical health of the hounds, but it also teaches young hounds to work as a team ...a pack. Late summer and early fall young hounds are introduced to the pack. To aide in their education, their collars are linked with an older and experienced hound. Hence, foxhounds are usually counted by the number of "couples"; i.e. 12 couple equals 24 hounds. They not only learn how to hunt, but more importantly how to hunt as a pack. The whips and volunteers from the hunt help to train and exercise the hounds.

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In 2012, Drew Daly became our full-time professional Kennelman and the hounds have never been happier! Now Drew has been "promoted" and will be our Huntsman for the upcoming 2014-15 season!

Meet the 2014-2015 Hunt Staff / Whipper-Ins

 

drew1a.jpg (485648 bytes) Drew Daly will being the 2014 Hunt Season as RMH new Huntsman!
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carol3.jpg (88025 bytes)  Carol Riggs wears many hats serving as a whipper-in when she is not the Field Master. 

Carol is also our Honorable Hunt Secretary.

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