Our sport spans the continent, and while southerners are still fighting heat and humidity, packs in northern climes are already out in the field. In Canada, the Montreal Hunt celebrated the start of the season with a parade of hounds in the international show jumping ring at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.
Montreal hounds at Bromont. Jean-Guy Dupras photo.
Huntsman Andrew Marren will experience the conditions at either extreme of North America this fall. He's underway with Montreal, who will pursue coyote for the next few months. To top it off, he and his wife welcomed their first child, son Monty, earlier this summer.
"Autumn" hunting is already underway in Canada. Jean-Guy Dupras photo.
"The best way to describe the Montreal hunt ball is a perfect summer celebration," Marren said of the annual party at Bromont. "We have so much to celebrate, the hounds and horses the hunt itself, and we also get to enjoy top class show jumping. It really is last last hurrah before the season starts."
No one goes home hungry after a Montreal breakfast. Jean-Guy Dupras photo.
Everyone at the start of the Montreal hunt season is, honestly, giddy with excitement," he added. "When 18 and half couple of hounds burst in to the first covert, we all know good times are ahead."
Future foxhunter Monty Marren with his proud parents. Jean-Guy Dupras photo.
We look forward to sharing images of Marren in very different country this winter!