▼ 2021 NEWS ▼

MUSEUM OF HOUNDS AND HUNTING NORTH AMERICA INC.
END OF YEAR 2020 LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

The last year and a half have certainly turned out to be unprecedented! While so many restrictions on our lives and events, the great outdoors, equestrian sports and riding to hounds have been possible for so many.

The Museum's spring events that included the Induction Ceremony to the Huntsmen's Room, the Sam Savitt Art Exhibition, the Bronze Sculptors Exhibit and Sale, and the Annual Art Sale, are all postponed until May 2022.

The Museum's board and committee are working to expedite updating our wonderful website at MHHNA.ORG and are currently adding new content under the NEWS heading. If there is real membership interest and participation, we hope to fund a complete update to this old engine, thereby facilitating publication of new articles, news and photos. BUT, we need you and are looking for your 'clicks' on our site to know you are with us and reading NEWS. More financial support from the membership is vital for this project. THE PLACE TO BE is with your MUSEUM, so go to our site at MHHNA.ORG or Museum of Hounds and Hunting and visit the topics often!

Thank you all for renewing your memberships this year. Thank you to donors who have been so supportive of the Museum. We will endeavor to bring you both newsworthy and educational content, but let's have fun as well. Photos and articles of interest and are welcomed! We would love to hear your suggestions and input for the site.

Please submit to:

MHHNA
2598 Five Points Rd.
Marshall, VA 20115

- or -

email Mhhna.org@icloud.com
Museum Phone 540-717-1228
Nancy at 540-454-1257

Stay tuned. Soon you will be able to renew memberships and donate online directly from the MHHNA website.

Keep well and keep safe.

We cherish our countryside and Hunt Country and feel so fortunate to have them at this time.

Onward and upward Museum friends; let me hear from you with your clicks and visits to

HAPPY NEW YEAR to YOU, Nancy G. Bedford, Chairman

MHHNA.ORG!

▼ 2020 NEWS ▼
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▼ A Recent Donation ▼

On display at The Museum of Hounds and Hunting NA Morven Park, Leesburg, VA

British Foxhunting and Racing Scenes on walnut screen
Donated by Susan M. Ely

This screen was originally from the home of her grandfather, Sir Ashley Sparks at Northaw, near Syosset, Long Island, New York.

Susan remembers it in his dining room when she was a child.

The lovely prints are mounted behind glass and are in excellent condition.

Please find details on a few of the prints below.

Foxhunting panel picture from the screen.

Foxhunting panel picture from the screen.

Sir Ashley, who was Thomas Ashley Sparks before he was knighted in 1919, guided the American affairs of one of the largest shipping lines in the world during a flourishing period in trans-Atlantic travel and commerce. During this timeframe the Cunard lines Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, two of the largest liners on the seas, were built. In 1947, Cunard named him deputy chairman of its board of directors. He was the first man living in this country to hold that position, retiring in 1950.

Served in the Wartime Ministry

In World War I, he served as director general of the British Ministry of Shipping in the United States, allocating ships for Canadian and United States forces. In World War II, he was named to a similar post as representative of the British Ministry of War Transport. Sir Ashley was knighted in Britain for his services in moving troops and supplies overseas during both World Wars. The Netherlands decorated him for his cooperation with its shipping ministry in World War II.

Racing panel picture from the screen

The Sir Ashley Sparks Screen on Exhibit in Morven Park

▼ Recent Donation ▼

Charles H. Thieriot's - Hand Hooked Runner

From a painting by Benjamin Herring

Donated by his granddaughter – Julia Thieriot

Size 13.8 ft. X 3 ft.

This lovely hand hooked runner was made for Julia's grandfather's tack room located at Cedar Hill, Locust Valley, Long Island, New York, where he stabled his hunters, thoroughbred breeding stock and coach horses.

See this runner on display at The Museum of Hounds and Hunting NA (in the first floor gallery) at The Morven Park Mansion, Leesburg, VA.


Detail from Runner


Detail from Runner


Detail from Runner

Charles Henschel Thieriot, after graduating from Harvard College in 1937, joined R.H. Macy and Co. From 1941 to 1943 he was in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Amarillo, Texas where he served as a flight instructor. From 1943 to 1945 he was First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. His service included flying ''The Hump'' in the China-Burma-India Theatre. Thieriot was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal and The Chinese War Memorial Medal.

In 1945, Charles H. Thieriot joined the NY securities firm of Carlisle & Jacquelin, where he served as senior partner of its successor firm, Carlisle, DeCoppet & Co., until its sale in 1976.

In his retirement he was, with his wife, Edna T. Thieriot, an enthusiastic owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses. He was a Trustee of The New York Racing Association and The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, NY.

He was a sportsman and collector of racing, foxhunting, and coaching art with his collections hanging in several museums. Mr. Thieriot was a generous benefactor and trustee of several schools, The Hospital of Special Surgery, NY and numerous other organizations.

▼ ART MARKETPLACE ONLINE ▼

This Art Marketplace is available to Artist Friends of the Museum who have participated in exhibition events and to Artists who wish to join the Museum.

To make a purchase:

For inquiries and sales, please contact the Museum of Hounds and Hunting N.A.

Payment by mail-in, Check is preferable, but Credit Card over the phone is also available.

Contact:     Tel: 540-717-1228     Email: mhhna.org@icloud.com

Makes checks payable to MHHNA and mail to:

2598 Five Points Rd. Marshall, VA 20115

Fox's Gap

by Leslie Sorg

Size: 27 X 32     Medium: Batik     Price: $1,800

"Batik is an ancient Asian method of decorating fabric. Hot wax is applied then the fabric is dyed. Any area covered with wax will resist the dye. The wax cracks & dye seeps in, covering the image with the distinctive cracking. This is repeated until the desired effect is achieved. My goal was to transform this process from decorative to fine art. I wasn't the first to do that, but as far as I can find, I'm the only one batiking sporting art in the world. In this piece I was trying to push the medium as far as it would go. The setting is Fox's Gap on South Mountain in MD, scene of heavy fighting in 1862. Now it's a peaceful beautiful place. I thought the riot of color & textures would be the perfect background for a hunting picture." – Leslie Sorg (Note: The fabric is stretched and framed thus looking like a painting under glass.)

Full Cry Hounds

by Gail Guirreri-Maslyk

Size: 48 X 30     Medium: Oil on Canvas     Price: $2,800

"This image is of Snickersville Hounds, a private pack owned by Eva Smithwick in Middleburg, Virginia. On a warm late summer morning walkout, somehow, I was able to capture an old faithful Hound with the biggest voice ever. From my pallet I used hot and cold colors to describe the day where shadows were cool and deep, but sun and energy were plenty warm." – Gail Guirreri-Maslyk

▼ Recent Donation ▼

Pair Black Pottery Plattters

Donated by Diana Dickstein

The Platters are of unknown origin. They are believed to be "Thumbprint" Work, which means that the original clay was shaped and then indented with thumb prints on the rims by the artist. These are foxhunting scenes, signed, artist unknown, and thought to be about 100 years old. They are cleverly mounted on Plexiglass panels for wall hanging purposes.

The donor stated that they were a gift from a friend who was an antique dealer member of the Wedgewood Society. He knew we were both Foxhunters and collectors of hunt prints.

▼ Photo of the Week ▼

Photo by Liz Callar

▼ Recent Donation ▼

Royal Doulton Hunting Bowl and Cups

Donated by Cindy Piper ex.MFH

Please read the fascinating articles about the History of Royal Doulton.

There are other Hunt patterns and also a similar Coaching series.

READ MORE

▼ Photo of the Week ▼

Photo by Liz Callar

▼ Recent Donation ▼

John Emms (1843-1912) Hours of Idleness

Framed Print

donated by Bruce McCashin

Emms was born in Blofield, Norfolk, the son of artist Henry William Emms. He became an avid hunter and became famous for his paintings of horses, and of dogs, particularly foxhounds and terriers. He exhibited at the Royal Academy several times, beginning in 1866 and...

READ MORE on John Emms

▼ Photo of the Week ▼

Photo by Cynthia Benitz

▼ Thanking Peggy Haight ▼

The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America announces the July 29, 2020 retirement of a Founding Board Member, Peggy Haight.

Thank you, Peggy, for 35 years of tireless service on our Board, on all our committees, and as the hostess at our many events. We thank you for your 'black and red journal' where you meticulously recorded the donations and loans, the ins and outs, of the art and artifacts that have been entrusted to the Museum, since its very first days.

We truly wish you many Happy Years in Unionville, PA with your family and friends and look forward to your visits back here to Virginia.

Peggy, as you have always represented the Museum and hopefully will continue to do so, the Board wishes to appoint you as its very first titled; MUSEUM AMBASSADOR AT LARGE.

We so hope you will accept this special appointment.

Nancy G. Bedford, Chairman

▼ Featured Article ▼

Mr. Newton's 1906 American Hound Portraits Ranta and Stafford '99

Author, John J. Head


Ranta
 
Stafford '99

Over 100 years after they were painted, recent research by the MHHNA led to the surprising discovery of both portraits, in a private collection near Savannah, GA. They are unveiled to you virtually at this time. We hope to arrange for an exhibition of these important works, and perhaps a future bequest to the Museum.

From our current vantage point, summer 2020, the three names mentioned above will likely have little significance. To underscore the importance of all three, the Museum in its mission to preserve and promote hunting history, is showcasing two unique foxhound paintings and paying tribute to the painter, Richard Newton, Jr.

Read More Here

▼ PHOTO OF THE WEEK ▼

Photo by Liz Callar

▼ Recent Donation ▼

Victorian Sterling Silver Hunting Horn

Treadwell and Higginson
Dorsetshire Hunt

Donated in Memory of A.H. Higginson by his niece, Mary G. Clark

Read more!

 

▼ PHOTO OF THE WEEK ▼

Photo by Joanne Maisano

▼ BACK ON THE MARKET ▼

** This site features re -sale items for members of the Museum **

Commissions to the Museum of Hounds and Hunting N.A.

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▼ Alexander Mackay Smith & Sherman P. Haight Introduce the Museum (1995) ▼

 

▼ FAVORITES AT HOME ▼

Sidesaddle bronze of Cornelia Averell Harriman Gerry by Charles Cary Rumsey

If you wish to read more about the artist and the subject click the link below!

Read more!

 

▼ PHOTO OF THE WEEK ▼

Photo by Jerry Mastny

▼ KERMIT THE FOXHOUND ▼

Orange County Kermit 2015, shown by huntsman Reg Spreadborough, is Grand Champion at Virginia Foxhound Show. / Liz Callar photo

“He's probably the finest American foxhound I have ever seen,” said Martin Wood, MFH of the Live Oaks Hounds and one of the most foremost hound judges in the country.

To read more about Kermit, click here to read Louisa Woodville's article on him!

▼ PHOTO OF THE WEEK ▼

Photo by Nat White

▼ RECENT DONATIONS ▼

"The Chase"

This Capodimonte Porcellane Principe "The Chase" (24" x 20" x 18"), was gifted in 2017 by current member, Mrs. Jill Nangeroni.

The Story of Capodimonte

Capodimonte porcelain, sometimes "Capo di Monte", is porcelain created by the Capodimonte porcelain manufactory (Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte), which operated in Naples, Italy, between 1743 and 1759. It is a style accredited to the very finest Italian porcelain, and its fascinating origins date to the eighteenth century when Charles VII took Princess Maria Amelia Christina of Saxony for his bride. These pieces are identifiable by the Capodimonte mark, a fleur-de-lys in blue, or impressed in relief inside a circle.

A portion of the Princess's fabulous dowry consisted of extraordinary examples of Meissen porcelain produced in her father's royal workshop. An enlightened supporter of the arts, Charles immediately resolved that such beauty should be produced in Italy as well.

In 1743, The Royal Manufactory of Porcelain was erected on the grounds of the royal place. It stood high atop a hill, and it soon became known to all as Capodimonte, translating to top of the mountain.

A school, The Academia del Modello, was also established to train talented young artists in the painstaking techniques of ceramic sculpting. Many years passed, and Charles was granted his wish as exquisite Italian-made tea sets, coffee services, statues and tureens began to appear at court. Unable to enjoy the beauty of flowers in bloom because of his allergies, he directed his workshops to create delicate floral arrangements in porcelain, each a precious tribute to nature's real, but all-too-fleeting beauty. Soon the royal palace overflowed with porcelain bouquets of incredible artistry and sumptuous color. The tradition of Capodimonte flowers had begun.

The crowning artistic achievement of Charles VII remains the porcelain room he created for his bride in their summer place at Portici. The ceilings, walls and floors were constructed entirely of porcelain and mirrors. This dazzling display of artistry was to inspire his son, Ferdinand IV, to inherit his father's passion for porcelain.

Ferdinand's love of the outdoors and sport provided new inspiration for his artisans who captured him and his merry friends and followers in their pursuit of frolic. These delightful figures, originally produced between 1790 and 1800, still evoke the light-hearted spirit of the time.

In 1803, Napoleon ousted Ferdinand IV from the throne, and without the firm hand of its patron, the factory fell into debt, and eventually was sold to a French firm. Ferdinand returned to claim his throne in 1815, but sadly times had changed, and the factory, now in a severe state of disrepair, closed its doors in 1817.

While this could have been a sad ending, it was not. As the artisans made their way back to their towns and villages, they brought with them their spirit, resolve and their skills. Soon hundreds of small shops and factories all over Italy were making available to everyone that which was once reserved for Kings and Queens.

▼ PHOTOS OF THE WEEK ▼

Photos by Douglas Lees

 
▼ RECENT DONATIONS ▼

"Hacking Home" (1970) by Marilyn Newmark (1928-2013)

Marilyn Newmark's sculpture reflects her close association and love of horses. It is her intimate knowledge of both horses and riders combined with a real talent that results in a detailed realism that is a delight to connoisseurs of both sculpture and horses. Every muscle and tendon as well as posture of horse and rider could be matched only in real life. Her composition is a true reflection of the horse and rider at the height of action, or at rest. Nine months are usually required in the many step process involved from the original wire frame (the armature), through clay, plaster, and wax casts before the bronze is poured. Even then there is still some remodeling and finishing the piece before it is colored to produce the patina and finally mounted on marble. Her models are produced in limited numbers sometimes even as a unique edition. "Hacking Home" was presented to the Museum of Hounds & Hunting NA in 2019 by Mrs. Hedda Windisch von Goeben in memory of Sherman P. Haight, Jr.


"Going to Ground" by Unknown Artist

The miniature mosaic "Going to Ground" (5½" x 3½"), artist unknown, was gifted in 2019 by life member, Mrs. Hedda Windisch von Goeben, originally given to her by her grandmother.

Read below to find out more on miniature mosaics.

A Micro History of Miniature Mosaics
by A La Vielle Russie

After Napoleon's 1814 defeat, Europe became open to tourism once again. Italy was the most popular destination, where tourists flocked in pursuit of works of art. Souvenir purchases often included copies of masterpieces and also jewelry in the form of cameos, intaglios, and, most notably, miniature mosaics.

A miniature mosaic is a composition of tiny, glass tesserae cut from pieces of glass known as smalti filati. Some tesserae are not glass, but stone. Miniature mosaics are also known as "micromosaics," a term coined by avid collector Arthur Gilbert. His collection of mosaics, among other treasures, were originally housed at LACMA, but have found a permanent and prominent home in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Making a micromosaic entailed arranging tesserae in mastic or cement on glass panels with tweezers. Once the composition was complete, the gaps within the arrangement were filled with colored wax and the surface polished. Some of the finest miniature mosaics can have as many as 5,000 tesserae per square inch.

Micromosaics date to the eighteenth-century, inspired by the larger, interior mosaics of ancient Rome. They are still made in the Vatican workshops to this day. Earlier micromosaic pieces lacked perspective and revealed visible spaces between tesserae. Later artists achieved more realistic works, like the renowned Antonio Aguatti. His technical improvements made more realistic micromosaics possible and he is considered one of the leading Roman micromosaic artists from the early nineteenth-century. He made the micromosaic mounted in this snuffbox:

Many micromosaics were purchased as panels and mounted into box lids or jewelry upon a traveler's return home. The most popular motifs were the buildings and ruins of Rome, landscapes, animals (mostly birds), and flowers. They ranged in scale, from snuff boxes and jewelry, to large tabletops and replicas of full-sized canvas paintings.

▼ PHOTOS OF THE WEEK ▼

Photo by Liz Callar

Photos by Douglas Lees

 
▼ FEATURED ARTIFACTS FROM THE MUSEUM ▼

Ladies' Folding Boot Jack
Loan of Nancy G. Bedford

Synger - Tool used to synge hair on horse's ears and muzzle
Loan of Nancy G. Bedford

Silver Stirrup Cup Tray with Handle for Serving Mounted Hunters
Note Towel Holders on the sides
c. 1900
Donated by Dr. J. Lee Sedwitz, ex-MFH
Triangle Hunt, North Carolina

A Combination Hunt Flask and Sandwich Case
Donated by Joan Theile

▼ THREE FOXHUNTING MUSEUMS: SOME CONFUSION ▼

Courtesy of FOXHUNTING LIFE MAGAZINE

Click here to read

▼ History of Hunter Whiskey Comes out of Hunt Country, Baltimore, MD ▼

Favorites

Hunter: First over the Bars

A favorite of Marion Maggiolo

This popular statue, made for the Hunter Whiskey Company, has been in my living room for 20 years. I have another, made as a lamp, in the office at Horse Country. It reminds me of Paul Brown; anyone would want to ride, hunt or show the horse. Plus, the rider is beautifully turned out.

In searching for information about the piece, I read an artist named Shepherd did the original print ad for the company but am unsure if he did the statue. It's white metal, done in the 1940s. The tail has been repaired so we move it carefully. There are lots of antiques in the room, but this vintage advertising piece grabs the eye. It's been easy to live with all these years.

Museum note: To learn more, click here

▼ 2019 NEWS ▼

Click here or on the image below for photos of our May 25th Event


CLICK HERE FOR THE SPRING LETTER



CLICK HERE FOR THE RSVP CARD WHICH CAN BE PRINTED AND MAILED



 

Remembering Albert O. Poe

Born 7/8/31 ; Deceased 5/18/19

Served as Huntsman for Piedmont, Fairfax, Middleburg and Foxwood Hunts

Inducted into the Huntsman's Hall of Fame at the Museum of Hounds & Hunting at Morven Park in 2011

Breeder of American Foxhounds

Laid to Rest at Leeds Cemetery, Markham, VA


January 2019 Online Winter Art Show and Sale
See a sampling of the current pieces available!

 
▼ 2018 NEWS ▼

 

Call to Art
Thanksgiving Hunt Art Show - Submission Deadline Oct. 21
Christmas Art Show - Submission Deadline Nov. 18


 


MHHNA Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale through Jan. 3 2019!
Come visit one of four exhibition sales at Salamander Resort and Spa, any day 10-5, no fee, no appointments!
Make a day of it - have lunch at Salamander, tour the grounds, and then stop in the stables!

Visit the Stable Lounge to benefit the MHHNA
SUMMERTIME IN VIRGINIA HUNT COUNTRY - August 4 - August 28
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PRINTS, August 31 - September 25
HOUNDS, HUNTING AND RACING through October 30, 2018
THANKSGIVING HUNT SHOW, October 31 - November 27
CHRISTMAS SHOW, November 28 - January 3, 2019
 
Some samples currently on display:

Washington and Liberty by Booth Malone
 

Playtime by Joan Macintyre
 

Gypsy Boys by Leslie Sorg
 

The Swoope Creek Draw by Sally Moren
 

Tree Fox (batik) by Leslie Sorg
 
Artist, Gail Guirreri-Maslyk
July / August Display

Show Jumping at WEG

Combined Driving WEG, study I
oil on gallery wrap canvas

Fox Study
oil on canvas

Powers Family, Upperville
36" x 36" oil sketch on canvas, 2018
 

Jumping at WEG, study I
oil on board
 

Friesians, four in hand
oil on canvas

Hunt Landscape, V
oil on canvas

Grand Prix Jumper

Memorial Weekend Exhibit and Sale
Three important pieces sold at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting Memorial weekend Art Show to benefit the MHHNA! Thank you to the artists who contributed their pieces!

Burland Road by Booth Malone
 

Piedmont Foxhounds I by Rev. Michael Tang
 

The Way a Lady Rides by Kathleen Friedenberg

 

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2018 Museum Exhibition and Sale at Morven Park May 26-June 26.
Grand Opening Exhibition and Reception May 26th. 4-7 pm.
   
Sculptures in Papier Mache by Sarah Holmberg, Tryon, NC

 

▼ 2017 NEWS ▼

 

Benjamin H. Hardaway III, MFH
1919-2017

A member of the Huntsmen’s Room of the Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America in 2009, Benjamin H. Hardaway passed away on October 19, less than a month after celebrating his 98th birthday.
Hardaway served as living proof the hunting gene exists in human DNA. He certainly possessed drive, and no doubt many enthusiasts remember his cry when Midland hounds were all on and singing their distinctive July hound-inspired chorus. His name is recognizable throughout the hunting world and his legacy will live on with cry, drive, and biddability in the Hardaway Crossbred Foxhound.
A passion for foxhounds and ars venatica made him a man with an enthusiastic mission, which led to him founding the Midland Fox Hounds in 1950 with territory around the home base in Columbus, Georgia, with additional country in Alabama. The advent of deer in his hunting country in 1966 prompted him to develop the Hardaway Crossbred. “It was a necessity—do something or quit hunting,” recalled Mr. Hardaway.
“July hounds gave me the greatest thrill and my goal was to keep that cry and that nose, but cross him out so he would be biddable enough to break off deer,” said Mr. Hardaway. “That’s what I spent the rest of my life doing. I’m proud of what I’ve done. We’ve sent our Crossbreds to England, Ireland, Australia—all over.”
 



  
FEATURED EXHIBITION:
FOX HUNTING ART ON CHINA DINNERWARE MAY 27- JULY 2



 

 ▼ 2016 NEWS ▼


Sherman P. Haight, Jr, ex- MFH

It is with great sadness and tremendous respect that we report the passing of Sherman P. Haight, Jr, ex- MFH and founding director of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting of North America.  He was Past President of the MFHA, and responsible for the foxhound conformation standard still in use today.  He was a founder of the US Pony Club, and was passionate about the sport of foxhunting and sharing it with as many as possible.  Sherman was inducted into the Huntsmen’s Room in 2015 for his remarkable contributions to our sport.  He was a true sportsman and Gentleman, in every sense of the word.



 
Visit the Art Exhibit at
Salamander Equestrian
May 27-31, 10-5

 
Fox Kit and Hound Puppy exhibition/sale
Morven Park, May 28 and 29th
Join us from noon - 5pm
 
 
DECEMBER 1, 2015 - JANUARY 3, 2016
Sporting Art Show and Sale, Middleburg VA




 

NOVEMBER 24, 2015 - JANUARY 2, 2016
**RANDOM DOOR PRIZES AND GIFTS GALORE TO WEEKEND VISITORS**


 

  2015 NEWS

The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America, Inc. which occupies the north wing of the stately Mansion at Morven Park, has acquired an impressive collection of art, artifacts and memorabilia related to mounted hunting in the US and Canada. The Museum of Hounds and Hunting NA is a 501(c)3.


We would like to encourage you to stop by the Stables at Salamander Resort & Spa this weekend in Middleburg, Virginia, to enjoy the incredible equestrian and hunting art work on display beginning Friday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 25th from 10 to 5 daily.
All of the work is beautiful and there are some truly spectacular pieces!
http://www.artgallerydata.com/gallery/museum-of-hounds-and-hunting.htm


 


Copyright Museum of Hounds & Hunting NA, Inc. 2015


HOUND SHOW AND MHHNA ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
MEMORIAL WEEKEND, 2015
Morven Park, Leesburg, VA
ART SHOW and SALE
SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA EQUESTRIAN CENTER
Middleburg, VA

  2014 NEWS


 

Melvin Poe, a Legend in His Time

     The MHHNA, Inc. sadly notes the passing of Melvin Poe, an American foxhunting legend. He died at his home in Hume, Virginia, on September 13, 2014, at the age of 94. Born into a large family of hound breeders and hunters, Melvin began his career as a professional huntsman after military service during World War II. Starting in 1948, he served as huntsman for Old Dominion Hounds, then carried the horn for Orange County Hunt from 1964 to 1991. Not ready to retire, for the next 15 years he hunted a private pack, the Bath County Hounds. To the last year of his life, he kept hounds and continued to hunt the area around his home in Hume.

     He was inducted, along with his younger brother Albert, into the MHHNA Huntsmen’s Room in 2011.

     Melvin Poe was universally known for both his uncanny skill as a huntsman and his gentle, unassuming nature. The foxhunting world has lost a man who, for more than 60 years, was a leading light within the sport.

     To honor Melvin’s memory, the family requests that donation be made in his name to The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America – the Huntsmen’s Room, Attn: Nancy Bedford, Chairman, 2598 Five Points Road, Marshall, VA 20115.


 

Annual Reception Held at Museum
On May 24th, The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America hosted its annual reception at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA. in conjunction with The Virginia Hound Show that followed the following day in the lovely gardens, under the stately cooling trees. Sporting Artists exhibited on the Mansion portico while elegantly turned out carriages paraded by, offering rides to the attending museum members and their guests. These events were an added attraction to the Museum Tour and Reception that this year honored the Moore County Hound’s 100th anniversary. It was a glorious evening!

 

 

 


 

Celebrating Moore County Hounds 100th Anniversary
The MHHNA Member/guest Reception honored the MOORE COUNTY HOUNDS (NC) 100th Anniversary on May 24th at the Morven Park Mansion. Special events included a Parade of Carriages by the Piedmont Driving Club and a Sporting Artists Exhibition/Sale on the Mansion Portico. The Museum was open both days. The Artists featured at The MHHNA INC. Museum Reception were: Anita Baarns, Mary Cornish, Sandra Forbush, Julie Kirk, Nancy Kleck, Gail Guirrei-Maslyk, Dana Lee Thompson, Teresa A. Duke, Cathy Zimmerman, Leslie A. Sorg, and Sculptors: Betina Sillars, and Mary Phillips Coker.

To attend see details here.




 

  2013 NEWS

Satellite Museum in Middleburg a Success!
MHHNA would like to thank the following Artists and Sculptors for exhibiting and/or selling for the benefit of The MHHNA at it's satellite gallery in Middleburg in Oct. thru Dec. 2013.

Artists: Anita Baarns, Cynthia Benitz, Mary Cornish, Sandra Forbush, Julie Kirk, Nancy Kleck, Gail Guirrei-Maslyk, Dana Lee Thompson, Teresa A. Duke, Cathy Zimmerman, Leslie A. Sorg, Michelle Robbins, and Sculptors: Betina Sillars, Jean Clagett, Mary Phillips Coker

 
December 8th - Christmas Gathering


 

Nov. 15th - Art Benefit Sale for the MHHNA
The artists are selling to benefit the MUSEUM OF HOUNDS AND HUNTING! We hope to see you here! Come meet the artists and view their work! Friday, Nov. 15th, 5-8pm at our Satellite Museum in Middleburg, VA -- 112 West Washington Street, Middleburg VA. We hope to see you there!  -- View Poster --
 
Oct. 27th - Come see the OCH Championships!
     MHHNA memberships will be awarded at the OCH Event to the Junior Champion and the Genuine Hunter CH. on Sunday, October 27, 2013. Come and compete or enjoy a lovely day with a great view..   the location is: OLD WHITEWOOD FARM, THE PLAINS, VA (from 55 west take Rt.704, Whitewood Rd. At bend in Rd stay right onto gravel rd. to entrance on left 1/2 Mile) Start time 9am.
 
Oct. 25th - Satellite Museum Opening in Middleburg
     MHHNA , Inc is opening a Satellite MUSEUM OF HOUNDS AND HUNTING NORTH AMERICA on October 25, 2013 at 112 West Washington St., Suite 101. MIDDLEBURG, VA (opposite The Middleburg Bank) on route 50. The first Exhibition/Sale will be of Contemporary Sporting Artists. Please visit and view some lovely Art. Gifts, Memberships, Hunt Videos, Children's books, are here. Drop in soon, we are here for two months! Featured artists are: Anita Baarns, Mary Cornish, Gail Guirrei-Masylk, Julie Kirk, Sandra Forbush, Nancy Kleck, Cynthia Benitz, Dana Lee Thompson, and Jean Clagett.

     As a reminder, the MHHNA Galleries are open five days a week in the Morven Park Mansion. Please come and visit to view our 2013 Exhibit. (Closed Tues. and Wed.)
 
Oct. 6th - National Field Hunter Championships
     The Museum of Hounds and Hunting NA will award Free One Year Museum Memberships to the Champions and Reserves at the National Hunter Championships on October 6th, 2013 at Glenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia. The two highest placed Juniors to make the cut will also be awarded Memberships. Come and enjoy the Championships, followed by the 2nd day of racing. The Museum invites you to its BOOTH where you will find gifts for all ages and sporting art by Gail G Maslyk. The Squishables will be there!

Address location is 36787 Glenwood Park Ln, Middleburg, VA 20117
 
2013 On Exhibit
     Museum of Hounds & Hunting NA Opens the New Season

     The Museum of Hounds & Hunting NA opened the 2013 season with a reception for members and guests Saturday evening , May 26, 2013. Visitors viewed the new exhibits which featured art and artifacts of the Warrenton Hunt now celebrating its 125th anniversary. Warrenton’s three current Masters of Fox hounds, Kim Nash, Celeste Vella and Rick Laimbeer, graciously sponsored the Member’s Reception.

     On display were original Wesley Dennis drawings of comical hunting scenes created for the Warrenton Hunt map. Portraits of Masters Julian Chilton Keith by Murray Black, Bambe Wilson by Joseph Abbrescia, Russell M. Arundel by Michael Lynes and Viola Winmill, driving her 6-in-hand, by E. Tuckerman Biays. Nineteen watercolors of Warrenton Hounds and one Jack Russell by Michael Lynes were displayed. Mr. Maddux, first Master of the Warrenton Hunt, by Richard D. Newton, done in 1908, was the centerpiece of the exhibit.

     Virginia Gold Cup memorabilia from the 1920s including a 1922 Stewards Badge, course maps and programs for the 1930 and 1931 race meets; a 1929 menu proposal for guests of the Gold Cup was of great interest.

     Eclipse award winner Douglas Lees’ black and white photographs from the 1960s until 2010 highlighted members, huntsmen and hounds in the field. Two enlarged photos of Mrs. Robert C. Winmill, First Lady of American Fox Hunting, caught everyone’s attention; Mrs. Winmill in a photo finish racing sidesaddle and Mrs. Winmill, riding sidesaddle, with three riders, one being Eugene C. Cunningham, in front of a seemingly two story high hay stack. Other black and white photographs by sporting photographers Marshall Hawkins, Doug Hayes and Pooch McClanahan enhanced the exhibit. The hunting horns of huntsmen and masters of the hunt with the Warrenton including Sally Tufts, Baldwin Day Spilman, W. Henry Pool, Russell M. Arundel, and Jim Atkins

     In the Huntsmen’s Room, guests watched the Warrenton Hunt DVD showing vintage hunting footage in the 1920s by Pathe News. The second half of the DVD shows the Warrenton Hunt today with interviews of the masters, huntsmen and whips explaining the whys and where fore’s of mounted hunting with hounds. Well-known fox hunter Francis Green’s hunting diary entrees printed in the local Fauquier Democrat were recreated for easy reading in the Huntsman’s Room, as was the 1932 Washington Post pictorial spread of Julian C. Keith’s eightieth birthday celebration where he donned his scarlet coat to celebrate the day.

     Other interesting memorabilia included Warrenton very own Hunt Song by W. B. Streett, point-to-point programs, trophies and diaries.

     The exhibit will run until next year with the some of the Warrenton exhibit retiring June 15, 2013.

     The Mansion at Morven Park is open most days of the week, 11 to 4. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays and some holidays. More information is available at www.mhhna.org or on our FACEBOOK!
 
2013 Foxhound Show
   A Great Day for the Virginia Fox Hound Show  

     A successful Virginia Fox Hound Show was enhanced by "the best weather in 17 years." The Grand Champion was Mooreland Wary 2012, Potomac Templeton 2012 was Reserve and Ciaran Murphy won the Horn Blowing Contest. Jim Meads signed his latest and final book, Good Night, Master, at the Horse Country tent. The show ran perfectly and the grounds at Morven Park never looked lovelier. Individual hunt club hospitality tents were set up throughout the gardens and along the tree lined avenue by the show rings, each with lovely late spring flowers and fabulous food. The Museum of Hounds & Hunting NA tent was manned by Nancy Bedford, Chairman of the Museum, Judith Tartt and Peggy Haight. Two three-seat shuttle carts, compliments of the MHHNA, decorated with fox, hound, banners and big red tulips, shuttled visitors to and from the Museum in the Mansion. The 2013 Museum Exhibition opened with a Members Reception the night before. It was a grand day as large groups of enthusiasts circled the rings and cheered favorite hounds. While men wore Panamas, the women turned out in beautiful hats adorned with colorful flowers and bows, making the day a charming and idyllic country sporting event.

     The Warrenton Hunt, celebrating it's 125th anniversary, sponsored the Member's Reception in the Mansion, Saturday evening, May 25, 2013. The MHHNA appreciates their sponsorship and wishes them the best Anniversary year ever.
 
     New Membership Announcement
 
The Museum is announcing a A NEW JUNIOR LEVEL MEMBERSHIP for $10.00. Check back here on the news page for a MHHNA Sponsored JUNIOR EVENT.

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