- Jean Perrin Derrick, Hark Forward Performance Trials Hon. Secretary. Photos courtesy of Allison Howell Images.
Editor's Note: Jean Derrick of Belle Meade Hunt (GA) has worked tirelessly through the past year as the Honorary Secretary of the Hark Forward Hound Performance Trials, chaired by Belle Meade Master Epp Wilson. One month ago, she and nearly a dozen friends set off from Georgia for a celebratory tour of Plains and Western hunts. In this report, she describes the sport, scenery, and socializing in Kansas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
At this moment, I and two friends, with a fully loaded four-horse trailer, are speeding down arrow-straight roads over the prairie, caravanning with two other big rigs. We have 12 people and 18 horses in all. It’s snowing, and the ground is lightly dusted.