The Tryon Hounds has named Beth Blackwell as our new Huntsman as the hunt club starts its 90th season of riding to the hounds. Beth was previously the Huntsman at the De La Brooke Foxhounds in Maryland.
Beth began her career in mounted foxhunting after spending many years as a professional hunter/jumper rider and trainer.
"I was convinced by the Master of Cedar Way Bassets, Herb Schneider, whom I had been 'basseting' with, to go on a foxhunt in rural Alabama. I have spent the seventeen years since as staff for both mounted and foot packs of foxhounds and basset hounds", commented Blackwell .
"Herb passed away in 2004 and I inherited the Cedar Way Bassets and a horn. I have hunted hounds as either a visitor or resident in eleven states and served as both honorary and professional whipper-in for five packs and hunted foxhounds professionally at Tennessee Valley and De La Brooke Foxhounds", added Blackwell.
Beth will be hunting a pack of Bassets on foot as well as the Tryon Hounds American Foxhounds pack. And, will take over the day to day duties of managing the Tryon Hounds hunting activities.
"We are extremely pleased to have someone as accomplished as Beth join us as the Huntsman for our hunt", said Joint Master Bonnie Lingerfelt. "She will bring many years of experience to our hunt as we start this most historic year celebrating 90 years of riding to the hounds".
Beth will be moving into the Huntsman's House on September 1st and the cubbing season will begin on September 10th.