The season that was

THE Iroquois hunt season ended in late March, but we didn’t want to let it get away entirely without  looking back on some good days out with the hounds! Personally, the houndbloggers love the summer hound-walking season, but it’s always nice to keep in mind the point of the exercise: preparation and training for the hunt field next fall. So with that in mind, after a long pause, we return to our computers with a look over our shoulders at the hunt season that was in our featured video today (above).

Meanwhile, the focus is on getting hounds ready for the Virginia Foxhound Show this Sunday at Morven Park near Leesburg, Va. Among the hounds Iroquois will take to the big show are members of the leonine HA litter, Baffle’s second litter for us, who have matured into magnificent, graceful, statuesque creatures very much resembling their sire, Hawkeye.

The HAs are featured in the video above, taken back in February, and we have more recent footage of them on a post-season hound walk that we’ll try to post before the show on Sunday. In the meantime, let’s turn on the Wayback Machine, to October 2010, when the HAs were very wee indeed!

And a little video of the little HAs:

My, how they’ve grown! We wish the HAs and all the Iroquois hounds the very best of luck at the Virginia show!

Hounds, hounds everywhere: Virginia Hound Show

Photo by Dave Traxler.

THE Houndbloggers are still working on the video from the 2011 Virginia Foxhound Show that took place at Morven Park last weekend, but we are delighted to be able to share a slideshow of photos (see below) from that extremely picturesque, often elegant, and sometimes humorous event. Most of these photos were taken by roving photographer Dave Traxler, who was attending his first hound show, but we confess that we’re to blame for a few of them!

To see more beautiful photographs from the show and hound exercise before it, also click on over to Karen Myers’s terrific site, KLM Images, here. Pages 9, 10, and 11 feature some informal shots of the hounds at exercise–and at least one of Mr. Traxler at work!

We hope you enjoy this, and we hope to have video available in the next couple of days.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow