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Welcome to the Princess Anne Hunt

(est. 1927)
Foxhunting the Historic James River Plantations

Founded in 1927 and recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) in 1937, Princess Anne Hunt (PAH) is located in Charles City County and our Hunt Territory extends from Richmond to Williamsburg and from King William County to Suffolk.

Princess Anne Hunt is privileged to hunt the beautiful farmlands and historic plantations along the James River. We welcome visitors and if you are interested in riding with us or visiting a hunt on foot, please contact one of us.

Princess Anne Hunt meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays (Sundays during the deer hunting season) from October through March.  The Hunt maintains approximately 25 couple  of Old English, English and Crossbred fox hounds with kennels and stables located on the grounds of Sherwood Forest Plantation in the heart of the Hunt’s present day territory.


  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:35 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    John Hinson Memorial John Hinson, landowner, friend, and beloved husband of PAH Board Vice President Jeanine left us last Saturday.  He is pictured here with Lucy who passed that day as well. There will be a service on Sunday, September 26 at 3 pm, honoring his life at their home, Evelynton, at 6701 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, 23030. It will be led by PAH member Sandy Gerardi's husband, Roy. Details of John’s amazing life are in his obituary HERE

  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 5:35 PM | Travis Gibson (Administrator)

    It was warm, no it was hot!  Hounds were eager while crossing the James River on ferry early Wednesday morning, headed to, for some, unknown territory. First day out ( on foot)  with hounds, puppies and staff --- led by Huntsman Martyn Blackmore at local fox preserve.  Fifteen and half couple followed by Masters Ed and Travis, Sue, Jerel, Alison, Sparky and Clinton ready with radios and whips to watch the hounds work while Martyn cheered them on.  It was so hot, that quarry was surely lazing in a cool location and not stirring about.But, new entry puppies Lancer and Hinson maintained eager spirits and didn't mind getting back to trailer to wrap a good day out. 


  • Sunday, August 29, 2021 9:01 AM | Travis Gibson (Administrator)

    FALL HUNTING AND EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 

    Members, guests and landowners can look forward to beautiful fixtures, new twists to time-honored traditions, as well as some new activities. As always, details for each will be shared on the PAH website, through direct emails, and Facebook.  Mark your calendar for the following:

    Stock the Bar party on Sunday, August 29th, 4-8 pm-

    Thanks to all who helped stock Mark Wenger's Landowner's Bar for the Huntyear and Debbie and Doug Hackman for hosting a great party-  Dancing on the James.     

    Festival of Foxhunting on Saturday, September 25th

    An expanded version of our annual Hunt educational seminar includes MFHA Executive Director Andrew as keynote speaker, a tack exchange, and more. This is a great opportunity for riders, hunt supporters and anyone interested in the sport to learn more. Also, that day, we will distribute our first ever ‘21-‘22 Hunt Season Booklet as a reference for the year.

    Newcomers’ Day on Saturday, October 2nd

    A special opportunity for festival participants and others new to foxhunting to become oriented to foxhunting in the field.

    Virginia Hunt Week at Dogham Farm on Saturday, October 16th

    We are honored to be participating in Virginia Hunt week this year for the first time in many years.  It’s even more exciting that we are hosting the opening hunt for the week!  Hunting begins at 9 am preceded by a Stirrup Cup. Guided car hill-topping will be provided with breakfast following, organized by Cherylle Lang and her team.

    Fall Hunter Pace on Sunday, October 31st 

    Word got out about the amazing Hunter pace course that Martyn and the Masters designed at the kennels this past Spring, and we were invited, for the first time ever, to participate in the Virginia Fall Hunter Pace series. 

    Opening Meet on Sunday, November 7th

    Opening meet is at 10 am at Sherwood Forest Plantation. Thanks to Franci Wayland for taking the lead on planning the Stirrup Cup and Hunt Breakfast with the Events Committee.

    Puppy Auction and Performance Trials at Beechland Fox Preserve on Saturday, November 14th

    Buffet lunch with the ever-popular “Flask-Tasting Contest” to follow. This is Martyn and Clinton’s baby.

    Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 11th

    Normal day of hunting followed by a formal Hunt Breakfast at 7 pm in the Hunt Room at the Cavalier Hotel.  Black tie; scarlet if convenient. Dinner, Whiskey tastings, caroling and merrymaking, a la Dr. Charles Bonner.

    Boxing Day Hunt on Sunday, December 26th at Westover Plantation

    Returning to this historic property again this year to raise of cup of cheer at the Stirrup Cup preceding a robust hunt and hearty Breakfast to follow at Cul’s Courthouse Grill, Charles City.  An opportunity to join friends and members to share holiday stories, ring in the New Year, and celebrate Martyn and Sue. 

    Hunting Fixtures

    The Fixture Card will be distributed at the Festival of Foxhunting on September 25th. Ratcatcher dress is expected during Cubbing season in October and on Wednesdays during the formal season, November 7th-March 11. Formal dress is on weekends. This year, we will continue to encourage our fabulous potluck breakfasts following all hunts. Once per month, including Opening Meet, Closing Meet and Boxing Day, Marcy Molinaro’s Events Committee will be offering a Stirrup Cup along with guided car hill-topping. Those Hunts will be a particularly fun, educational, and immersive experience for guests, Hunt Supporters, and non-riders.

    Membership

    The Board formally votes on members the 2nd Tuesday of each month. If you are interested in joining, applications are on the website and questions can be directed to Membership Chair, Christine Sweet at chrissweet3943@aol.com.  


  • Friday, June 04, 2021 8:33 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    HUNTER PACE RESULTS

    Thanks to all who participated in the 2021 Hunter pace held on Sunday, May 30.  Two inches of rain on Saturday night made for a challenging 8.3 mile course.  Results are shown below:


  • Monday, February 15, 2021 9:15 AM | Travis Gibson (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, January 06, 2021 8:02 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    It is with heavy heart and great sadness that we say good by to a dedicated member of our hunt family. Mike was a true animal lover of all things horses, dogs and chickens!  He truly loved PAH and supported our hunt in many ways. His first hunt horse was Chatham who carried him in the hunt field and earned his colors.  Morgan his daughter soon joined him in the hunt field on a lovely mount, Sonny. I know Mike was in his glory to have his daughter hunting along side him in many hunts together. Debbie and Mike was always a delight at our hunt social functions. Mike enjoyed all aspects of our hunt, painting fences, participating in social functions, serving on the board as membership chair.  Mike was a true gentleman and always was properly turned out no matter what function, his signature bow ties were always in order! Please enjoy a life well lived and give great thanks to a man that truly loved PAH!

    I  leave you this quote from Mike:"I hug five horses every day - mostly twice a day. What a joy. Sure beats banking".

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2020 9:34 PM | Travis Gibson (Administrator)

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    Thanks to all the Wonderful Tailgates that made Opening Meet 2020 one to Remember!

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 8:46 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce our Princess Anne Hunt Merchandise Page! The merchandising team has been busy working on a new variety of PAH logo offerings that are ready for you to purchase!

    In the apparel department, we have terrific PAH logo items, including polo shirts made of performance fabric that are perfect for riding. For dining outside this fall, enjoy sweatshirts, vests and two types of insulated jackets that perfectly fit the bill. All apparel items have the PAH logo done in a colorful embroidery by Paddock Threads, purveyor of monogrammed and embroidered linens and custom apparel.

    We also have a smattering of choices in the home décor department! From hemstitched linen cocktail napkins and guest towels to tumblers to wine totes, we’ve got just the thing for tailgates, hunt balls and everything in between!   

    The best part? These items will be shipped directly to you so there’s no need to wait for a meet or social function to enjoy them!   

    So, please indulge in a bit of retail therapy. A portion of every purchase goes to our hound cookie fund! And why not? We’ve got something for every taste!

    For questions or comments, please contact Mary Finney (mhfinney@aol.com) or Franci Wayland (franciwayland@me.com)


    CLICK HERE

    Tally Ho!

  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019 5:40 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    Our Presentation of Hounds at Sherwood Forest drew a good crowd of visitors, some of whom asked great questions regarding hunting and hounds.  It was a very hot and humid morning and "The Dream Team" were in full, formal livery but we survived! The hounds were a credit to us and were unruffled by the large group of people.  As you can see, they also enjoyed their meet and greet with one gorgeous little attendee, Mae Ramsay, who is just the cutest!  Another successful PR opportunity for PAH!

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:33 PM | Christine Sweet (Administrator)

    Charles City County Ruritan Club hosted their annual Steak Feast, September 19th, on the bank of the James River, on beautiful Berkeley Plantation. Established over 60 years ago, this civic organization help lead good causes, such as the Charles City Library campaign and scholarships for high school students. PAH were represented by Robin and Eric Strom and Sue and Martyn Blackmore as volunteer food servers. Eric and Martyn joined the male grillers who all cooked the "man-sized steaks", Sue and Robin had the less smoky and cooler job of dishing out bread rolls and salad! There were many community members and landowners in attendance plus a few PAH members. A fun evening! - Sue Blackmore

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