FAIR HILLS, Md.--Rita Mae Brown, Master of Foxhounds of Oakridge Hunt and a prolific author of foxhunting mysteries and mysteries that are Purrfectly solved, was the honored quest speaker at a fundraiser for Fair Hill Hounds.
“A prolific and successful author, Rita Mae Brown grew up foxhunting and 20 years ago founded Oakridge Hunt, where she is master and huntsman.”
The introductory quote from Foxhunters Speak by Mary Kalergis describes Rita Mae Brown’s dedication to the sport that we love.
Among all of her contributions to the sport of foxhunting, one of her most recent was a presentation of a program entitled, “Foxhunting Attire Through the Ages” for the Maryland based Fair Hill Hounds, Inc.
KENNELED in Fair Hill, the hounds hunt Monday, Wednesday and Friday under the direction of huntsman, Kevin Whyte.
This wonderful pack of Penn-Marydel hounds provides outstanding sport.
The dedicated and active members of the hunt organized a fund raiser.
“An Evening with Rita Mae Brown” included a pasta dinner, a silent auction, a ive auction for a tour of the Saratoga back side compliments of Sean and Joe Clancy, and a book signing by Rita Mae Brown.
The evening was topped off by Rita Mae Brown’s presentation.
Dressed in perfect ratcatcher, she outlined a pictoral essay of hunting attire from the inception of hunting with hounds to the present day.
Rita Mae Brown’s kind contribution to the Fair Hill Hounds exemplifies how as foxhunters we need to support each other in our hunting endeavors.
The thrill of a pack of hounds opening up, the encouragement of the huntsman, the excitement of riding a made hunting horse and the connection to all things “nature” were evident when we were privileged to host Rita Mae Brown.
Thanks from the members, supporters and friends of the Fair Hill Hounds.
Best wishes to all for safe and continued hunting, Jon R. Smith, FHH