Nelson County, Virginia
It was a cool and damp start for the 2009 Oak Ridge Fox Hunt Club’s (ORFHC) opening hunt held this past weekend at Oak Ridge Estate. The club has been in around since 1887 when it was originally founded in Lynchburg. It was moved to Oak Ridge in 1910 and Rita Mae Brown re-instituted the Fox Hunt at Oak Ridge in 1993.
Though the event is called a hunt, it’s not actually a fox hunt, but a simple tradition of running the hounds each fall in the rolling property of SE Nelson County, Virginia. ORFHC web site says, “We respect the traditions of this greatest of sports without being haughty.”
Though the morning started rainly, but afternoon the sun peeked out from time to time with the rain ending.
The ORFHC web site says formal season usually begins the first Sunday in November: Sundays are formal and Fridays are informal. We now go out two Wednesdays a month which are also be informal. The season ends on the Sunday closest to March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day. (Lots of Irish blood in our human pack!) Cubbing will begin again the first Friday after Labor Day.
ORFHC on the web at: www.oakridgefoxhuntclub.com