Nothing says Fall in Virginia as much as the opening fox hunt! Actually it’s not a hunt at all, it’s more of a chase and a chance for members of the Oak Ridge Fox Hunt Club to ride across the open fields with the howl of the hounds ahead. The ORFHC was originally established in 1887 in Lynchburg. It was moved to the Oak Ridge Estate in 1910. In 1993, Dr. Rita Mae Brown, Master of Fox Hounds, re-instituted the Fox Hunt at Oak Ridge.
At Sunday’s opening hunt Rita Mae made a most kind and generous announcement on the 120th anniversary of the hunt. She told the crowd gathered in front of the main house that any member of the Wintergreen Pony Club based at Rodes Farm would be able to ride with ORFHC at no charge, waiving normal annual dues, for the next 120 years! Rita Mae did this in honor of, Elschen and Iliana Strickler, who were tragically killed in a car wreck on August 30th. The young sisters were long time members of the Wintergreen Pony Club. Their memory was honored at Sunday’s hunt before it started.
If you’d like to learn more about The Oak Ridge Fox Hunt Club you can visit their official site by clicking here.