Highlights of the year
1 | Hounds went out 177 times during the 2017-2018 season, and had only 3 cancelled meets due to inclement weather (extreme cold or ice).
2 | One litter of four whelped in 2017, the B litter, by NT Voodoo and NT Ursula. Two other litters in 2018 gave us Cerces and Captain, and Deva, Dorsey and Dauntless.
3 | N-T B continued the Adopt a Highway program, and gathered a whopping 95+ bags of trash on Westwood Road throughout the year.
4 | The summer party had the highest attendance of several years and dinner by Love at First Bite was scrumptious. Local Artist Gail Maslyk talked about sketching horses and scenery.
5 | In April, staff and several juniors paraded the hounds for the crowd at the Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point.
6 | Once again, the annual fundraiser and dinner at the Millwood Club was a pleasant evening and generated funds to cover the season.
7 | The 1940s tradition of the Beagle Games were revived. Members, subscribers, and friends gathered for foot races, a scavenger hunt, candy hunt, wine and beer hunts as well as horn-blowing and whip-cracking contests.
8 | The Huntsman’s Diary of the 2017-2018 season was prepared as a gift to subscribers and supporters. For its cover, Ms. Lynden Willingham sketched a wonderful hunting scene in pen and ink, graphite and gouache.
9 | In addition to weekly summer walk-outs (often with muffins and mimosas!), daily hunts continued through the year. Russ welcomed members to join him for the exercise and to learn about the hounds.
10 | As in previous years, N-T B supported the Berryville Main Street holiday campaign; participated in both spring and fall trials at Aldie, maintained the N-T B cabin there, and supported the National Beagle Club work weekend.