UNIONVILLE, Pa--Louis (Paddy) Neilson III and W.B. Dixon Stroud, Jr., have been elected Masters of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds by the Board of Directors , and they will join the team of Sanna Neilson and Anne Moran for the 2018 – 2019 season.
Both Neilson and Stroud have hunted with Cheshire since they were very young, have great passion for the sport and love of the Hunt, its country and its community.
Neilson was one of the best, if not the best, steeplechase jockeys of all times, and his victories included three wins in the Maryland Hunt Cup, in 1968 on Haffaday, in 1974 on Burnmac and in 1989 on Uncle Merlin.
He trained timber horses until 2016 and has been a Cheshire Whipper-in for years.
Stroud also rode races, winning the Maryland Hunt Cup on Bewley's Hill in 1984, as well as founding and running the Landhope Farm Stores and Willowdale Races.
It's interesting to note that, while, of course not a requirement, all four of Cheshire's Masters have won the famed Maryland Hunt Cup. with Sanna Neilson winning twice, in 1991 on Tom Bob and in 1993 on Ivory Poacher, and Moran also winning twice, in 1995 and 1997, both on Buck Jakes.
Being a Master of Foxhounds requires a lot of work, not the least of which is keeping the owners of the land over which they hunt happy.
"Yes, it will be a lot of work," said Neilson. "But I've been very involved with the hunt for the last three years. And, with Dixon and me coming on, it will spread the work around and make it more fun for everyone."
"I was quite surprised when they asked me to become a Master," said Neilson. "I will continue to whip-in. I love whippong-in. It's bags of fun. As long as I have nice horses that can continue to keep up, I'll continue to whip-in."
"I'm looking forward to being able to work with my daughter, Sanna, on solving hunting problems," said Neilson. "She and Ann have done a wonderful job."
Meanwhile, Stroud was busy working on his Willowdale Steeplechase, which runs Sunday, May 13.