Full Cry is all about hounds, from ancient history to the modern age, and covers almost any hound-related topic, including training, breeding, hunting, and the wonderful personalities of hounds. This hound blog is affiliated with the Hound Welfare Fund, a first-of-its-kind program that provides retirement care to hounds from the Iroquois Hunt Club in Lexington, Kentucky, once their careers in the hunt field are over.

The HWF is a registered non-profit foundation that gives 100 percent of all donations directly to the feeding and veterinary care of the retired hounds. Donations to it are tax-deductible. For more information on the HWF and how to support it, visit www.houndwelfarefund.org.

The regular blog authors are Lilla Mason and Glenye Cain Oakford.

Lilla Mason is huntsman of the Iroquois Hunt and is the first woman to carry the horn for that hunt since its establishment in 1880 by Gen. Roger D. Williams. Mason has hunted with Iroquois as field member, whipper-in, and then huntsman, and is a highly regarded horsewoman who has competed in three-day eventing, dressage, and showjumping.

Mason is co-founder and president of the Hound Welfare Fund.

Glenye Cain Oakford is a hound lover and writer who lives in Lexington with her husband. She is the senior bloodstock business correspondent for Daily Racing Form and is the author of The Home Run Horse: Inside America’s Billion-Dollar Racehorse Industry and the High-Stakes Dreams That Fuel It (DRF Press, 2004). She received a 2012 Eclipse Award in the Audio/Multi-Media Internet category for her short online video and accompanying feature story at DRF.com about night-watching before the birth of a foal; that multi-media piece, titled “Zenyatta: Wait for First Foal Combines Science, Art and Anticipation,” can be found here. In 2009, she received a John H. Daniels Fellowship at the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Va., where she researched the legendary “golden thread,” the close communication developed between huntsmen and their hounds, and the general history of working pack hounds. The research will contribute to a proposed book about the rarely-seen lives of a working foxhound pack and the people who train and care for them. Oakford has been writing about sporting subjects since 1986. Her writing has been published in Horse and Hound, Daily Racing Form, Covertside, Racing Post, Sporting Life, and The Chronicle of the Horse,  among others. She also is a co-author of Champions: The Lives, Times, and Past Performances of America’s Greatest Thoroughbreds and a contributor to the annual American Racing Manual.

She is co-founder of the Hound Welfare Fund.

You can e-mail Glenye at beagle52@aol.com. (No, she doesn’t have 52 beagles … yet.)


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