We had the pleasure of interviewing our friend, Jennifer Hansen, the Huntsman of 98 year old Woodbrook Hunt Club! Here Jennifer gives us a look inside the world of hunting hounds, tradition and her role as Huntsman.
"I am the Honorary Huntsman. I have the pleasure of working for the MFH. My responsibilities include hound care and training, hunting, management of our hunt country, organizing other honorary hunt staff (whips, drag layers, and field masters), and keeping members informed as to when hounds will exercise and hunt."
"The hounds walk out 6 days a week year round, they are exercised from horseback 3 days each week during August and September, and go out 3 times each week (including hunt days) from October to late April or early May."Training the Hounds:
"My years of experience training both dogs and horses fuel my desire to train and entire pack of hounds to work together. My goal is to develop and train a pack that understands and loves the sport of drag hunting. "
"We have 61/2 couple (13 hounds) in our kennel, 3 couple drafted from other hunts (Kent, Gearhead, Ketchup, Cece, Kitcat, and Nuno) and 31/2 couple bred at Woodbrook (D’Artanian, Dianne, Godiva, Gigi, Galahad, Gretchen, and Gwenever)."The hounds and their personalities:
"Our drafted hounds are quite outgoing and have been a great influence on the rest of the pack. Godiva, Kitcat, and Ketchup are all business in the hunt field. Kent is the youngest of the bunch and still quite a puppy, Gigi and Gearhead will always be puppies at heart!"
"For the club and sport to flourish for many future generation. Fox hunting is a wonderful lifestyle and just one of the many ways families can spend time together, in the great outdoors, with the animals they love. "Jennifer's Goals for the future of the Woodbrook Hunt Club:
"The Hunt Ball is a wonderful social evening, a chance to dress up and dance the night away. It includes a festive silent and live auction, proceeds from the auctions benefit the hunt club and hounds."Upcoming event: The Hunt Ball
Jennifer wore O'Shaughnessey's Bronte Hacking Jacket. Get Jenn's classic look here!