This weekend the gracious staff at Independence Foxhounds opened their facilities to the kids from Brazos Pony Club, Rio Grande Region, College Station, TX, to introduce them to foxhunting, and begin working on their Foxhunting Certification. The kids arrived on Friday with their horses, and after getting everyone settled in their paddocks they jumped right in with a lecture and tour of the kennels. It took a while for the hounds to settle and be quiet, and the Pony Clubbers learned about hounds and hunt etiquette, and got pointers on how to ride in a group.
Candida Scott, MFH and huntsman then took the group out with 7 1/2 couple, (she picked the old quiet ones) one whipper in and several staff in 4-wheelers to let the kids practice riding behind hounds. One of the older Pony Clubbers who had hunted before was appointed Field Master, and she carefully led her charges behind the pack, giving everyone a chance to get used to the chaos that goes with riding to hounds. The non-riding moms followed in the Kubota, and from the sound of them had their own little party going. All went well until a jackrabbit popped up and took the hounds on a merry chase straight towards the edge of the property. The staff was able to call off the hounds quickly and head off the pack in time.