Foothills Field Hunter Trial Results - Fall, 2021

Our Tryon Hounds members had an outstanding showing at the Foothills Field Hunter Trials on September 19th to benefit the Sporting Hounds Foundation of Tryon.

Tryon Hounds was the most represented hunt and won the show cash award.

Check out the amazing results for the Tryon Hound riders below:

  • Amanda McDonald and Clear View Farm's "Quiet" - 1st in the over fences and under saddle Ratcatcher (Amateurs) class
  • Peter Shanahan and "Buddy" - 4th in the over fences Ratcatcher (Amateurs) class
  • Harriett Lewis and "Franklin" - 5th in the under saddle Ratcatcher (Amateurs) class
  • AlexGoins and Clear View Farm's "Eddie" - 6th in the over fences and under saddle Ratcatcher (Amateurs) class
  • Gisele O'Grady and Towles Napper's "Jack" - 6th in the over fences Tally Ho (Professionals) class
  • Karen Benson and "You Betcha" - 1st in the under saddle Tally Ho (professionals) class, 2nd in the over fences and the under saddle Future Field Hunter class and 6th in the over fences Carolina Performance Field Hunter class
  • Wendy Wipperman and "Clementine" - 3rd place in Handy Future Field Hunter and 5th place in Carolina Performance Hilltoppers
  • Sophia Martin and Monkey - 5th place in Handy Future Field Hunter and 2nd place in Carolina Performance Hilltoppers (Juniors)
  • Harriett Lewis and "Franklin" with Jane Herman and "Wesley" - 2nd in the Pairs class
  • Amanda McDonald and "Quiet" with Towles Napper and "Jack" - 3rd in the Pairs class
  • Beth Hardee and Clear View Farm's "Eddie" and Emily Van de Merwe on Clear View Farm's Artie - 4th in the Pairs class


A big thank you to Carolyn Cadier and her team for a spectacular job coordinating the event. Mark Jump captured the day with his amazing photographs, Jeanne Smith and Chuck Stark were the superb judges, John Napper was the announcer and Tom Cadier, Piper and Jeff Close were invaluable volunteers.

Many thanks to the generous Class sponsors: Courtland Farms, Tryon Builders, Remax Advantage Realty, Horse Scout, NC-CRF Equestrian, Pagan Gilman-Lisa Seger Insurance, Devine Equine, Horse Country Saddlery - Warrenton, VA, Mountain Property Group and Hare & Hound.

Due to our participation in the competition, volunteer and sponsorship support, a portion of entry fees will be donated to Tryon Hounds.

Tryon Hounds Board of Directors' Report on Membership Survey


The Membership Committee conducted a survey of the Tryon Hounds’ current, past and prospective members in August of last year to gather insights and information on topics the Board identified as strategically important to the organization. The survey initiative was based on the tenet that membership-driven organizations are most successful when their members’ input is valued, and the leadership takes effective action to build on successes and address challenges. The survey established significant data and comment on those subjects and many others.

The Membership Committee prepared its formal report on the survey results to the Board in October. Due to Covid restrictions and scheduling challenges, the Board and the Masters were not able to meet until earlier this spring.  On March 28th, the Board and the Masters met for several hours to review the findings and identify action plans on several key topics including Membership Growth, The Foxhunting Experience, Membership Engagement and Social Events, and Financial Matters.  You may view the full report to the membership here.

The Board thanks the Membership Committee for its hard work to develop and produce the survey. We appreciate the members’ participation to voice their concerns and aspirations about their hunt and we look forward to improving the Tryon Hounds experience for all of our members, staff and volunteers. 

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Tentative 2021-2022 Schedule of Events

Event Dates:  

September 4 – Season Opening “Beach Dance Party”
September 11 - First day of Cub Hunting
October 10 - Fall Hunter Pace (10/17 rain date)
November 6 - Barn & Art Tour
November 25 - Opening Day - Thanksgiving Day Pitch-in
December 18 - Christmas Party & Gift Auction
January 11 - Rita Mae Brown presents 'Cover Your Parts!'
March 19 - Last day of Hunting
March 19 - Hunt Ball
April 3 - Spring Hunter Pace (4/10 rain date)
April 23 – “The Traditional Tryon Brunch” at TRHC Hunter Derby                   

Game Nights:

July 6 - Mexican Train Night
August 10 - Trivia Night
September 14 - Bingo Night
October 12 – Dice Games Night
January 11 - Card Games Night
February 9 - Word Games Night

Time to Schedule Your Hunt Breakfast!

The Tryon Hounds hunt schedule is set to be a big fun one! We are scheduling breakfasts as soon as you select a date and form your group. 

  • Please limit your group to 4 couples (singles can pair up with a buddy to make a "couple".) The September dates are limited to 2 couples or two singles as they are simple to do.
  • The early September dates can be a light breakfast in the field after the hunt. These will start usually by 9-9:30 as the hounds don't stay out long in the cubbing season in the heat. 
  • You may host your breakfast in the field after the hunt or at a location (home, farm, clubhouse  or other location) 
  • You may make the food yourselves or hire a caterer. There are probably other caterers  -  some of the regulars in the past are in alphabetical order tbelow.


Cribbs Catering (864 585 7397 Contact Bekah, Steven or Renea
Amanda Jones (561) 339-0388?
The Hare and Hound Catering/Patti Otto  (864) 457-3232?
Mary Prioleau (828) 899-9699
Rural Seed (Karl) (828) 802-1097
Michael Stahakis  (864) 266-8380?
Pat Strothers (828) 817-0829


Karen Benson  (954) 394-2378? (best to text her for quickest response)
Skip Leck  (828) 817-3140 (calls only no texts)
Most caterers have options also... just ask.

The dates are as below. Please Contact Ivey Sumrell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 704-516-6518) when you are ready to schedule your breakfast. Please feel free to call and discuss your plans with her 

Looking forward to a GREAT FUN Tryon Hounds Hunt Season! Please organize your group early!

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Tryon Hounds and Foothills Humane Society Announce Partnership to Rehome Retired Foxhounds

Tryon Hounds is proud to announce the formation of a new and unique partnership with Foothills Humane Society to work together on the important mission of rehoming retired hounds. (Please see our new website,

Through Tryon Hounds' Homeward Hounds training and socialization program, our retired hounds will be prepared for the transition from pack life to family life.  

As graduates of the Homeward Hounds program, our hounds will be offered for adoption through Foothills Humane Society. Look for them on the FHS website and during the popular Sunday Stroll feature of the FHS Facebook page.  

We are grateful for the opportunity to benefit from the experience and social reach of FHS for the management of the adoption process.  

Together we are working to find wonderful forever homes for these special animals. 

Please read the full joint press release here.


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