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Friday, September 22, 2023

Bull Run Hunt is Hunt Night Champion in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa.--With ribbons in every class, Bull Run Hunt of Mitchells, Va., won the championship on Hunt Night, Oct. 14, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Elkridge Harford hunt teamElkridge Harford Hunt Team (Photo by Al Cook Photography)Elkridge Harford Hunt of Monkton, Md., won the Hunt Team class and finished as Reserve Champion.

Members from eight registered Hunts from all across Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia competed Monday night.

As no Hunt Night is complete without foxhounds, the members and hounds of the Kimberton Hunt of Chester Springs, Pa., entertained the crowd with a demonstration of how foxhounds work together as a pack.


THE HUNT TEAMS competition had 13 teams in a class where three riders from the hunt follow each other over a course of obstacles and then jump in unison over the last fence.

Winning to claim the Potomac Hunt Challenge Trophy was Elkridge Harford Hunt Team 1, made up of Ashton Williams' Champagne Chic and Peace Party, along with Lambert Boyce's Respectful Ed.

Kimberton Hunt placed second with Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds of Unionville, Pa., taking third.

Taking the blue ribbon and the Max C. Hempt Perpetual Trophy in the Field Hunters, Riders 35 & Under class, was Samantha Schiff aboard Try It Again of the Bull Run Hunt.

Coming in first for the Field Hunters, Riders 36 & Over class, and winning the Chairmans Perpetual Trophy, was Billy Frederik and Chasin Charlie, also of Bull Run.

John WilkowskiJohn Wilkowski (Photo by Al Cook)In the Gentleman's Hunter Under Saddle, John Wilkowski and Westwood of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds came out on top to earn the blue and the Rose Tree Perpetual Trophy.

Elizabeth Rock of the Bull Run Hunt won the Ladies' Hunter Under Saddle aboard Newsroom and received the Betty Baldwin Meister Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

Elizabeth RockElizabeth Rock (Photo by Al Cook Photography)Rock was also awarded the "Polly" Gingrich Caswell Perpetual Trophy as the Leading Lady Rider.

Hunt Night culminated with the awarding of the Ralph A. Alfano Memorial Perpetual Trophy, which is given to the hunt that acquired the most points throughout the night.

This year, the trophy was presented to Bull Run Hunt, earning ribbons in every class for a total of 32 points.

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