AGM Sunday May 14, 2pm
at Aar Koemans
29095 Marsh McCormick Road
Election of governors and general discussions for the good of the club.
All members and friends anyone else interested in riding with us and seeing the club carry on welcome to attend.
Alas, the fields of Kent are still too frozen for us to hunt safely on Boxing Day; we are rescheduling for January 2.
Fraser Valley Hunt Update:
We’re hunting on Saturday October 20 in Lynden – check the Calendar/Fixture list for times and locations
We’ll be manning a booth at the Mane Event in Chilliwack on the weekend – If you’re attending the tradeshow, drop by to say hi, to chat, and to have any questions answered.
Pemberton – Hunt Saturday October 29 – We’re looking forward to this great hunt. Thanks very much to Riverlands Equestrian for the opportunity to ride across their spectacular property. For those travelling to Pemberton, boarding is available in Riverland’s beautiful facility. To make arrangements, contact them directly at 604-894-1500 (www.riverlandsequestrian.com). Note that to board overnight, you must have certification that your horse’s vaccinations are up to date.
The hunt will start at 11:00 am from the Red Barn on the Riverlands property. The entrance is about 1km past the main Riverlands entrance at 8084 Pemberton Meadows Rd. Please arrive early enough to sign waivers, groom and tack up and be mounted prior to 11:00.
After the hunt, we’ll have breakfast at the Pony in Pemberton at 1392 Portage Road. Join us for camaraderie and to relive the day’s events.
The Hunt Society will be hosting a reception at Drumkereen house on Friday evening, starting about 8:00 pm (7599 Linda Road, Pemberton – www.drumkeeran.ca). We’re looking forward to seeing all the regulars, and newcomers there. This is a fantastic facility with bedrooms for about 12, and there’s still a few spaces left for those looking for accommodations for the Friday and Saturday evening. Contact Aar Koeman at 604-835-0845 if you’d like to book a room.
As usual, don’t forget to call Kennels the night before every hunt to confirm 604-308-6352
The Hunt will meet tomorrow at 11am at the Kilby Museum, Harrison Mills. We will go to Lynden next week, when the floodwaters subside …
We have reserved Drumkeeran House for riders and guests for the weekend of the Pemberton house. $150 for Friday and Saturday night per person. Leave a comment here or contact the Secretary Aar Koeman at 604-835-0845 to reserve.
As most of those involved with the Fraser Valley Hunt Society are aware, the organization has arrived at a crossroads with all three existing joint masters, Ray Wise, Kathrine von Trebra, and Karen Hatch resigning their positions and with Karen also retiring as our long-term huntsman. This of course leaves the Hunt in a difficult position, and accordingly a special meeting of the members was held on Sunday May 1, 2016 to consider the future. The discussion centered around the practicality of continuing the society at all, and the safety and liability issues of riding to hounds. The following resolution was passed unanimously at the meeting:
To continue the Fraser Valley Hunt Society, finding alternative homes/accommodations for the hounds currently in kennels. The intention is to continue hunting without hounds until such time as it becomes feasible and responsible to reinstate hunting with hounds.
This resolution provides for the continuation of the club, although at least in the near term, and possibly permanently, in a modified manner. As well, everyone involved recognizes that losing the collective experience of these long time contributors will create a void which will be extremely difficult to fill. The society owes a huge debt of gratitude for the contributions these individuals have made over the years.
By acclamation, a new board of directors was appointed at the meeting with the task of carrying forward the business of the society. The new board consists of Aar Koeman, Carol Champion, Anna Strangway and John Strangway. In the coming weeks and months this group will be working to set a new course forward, grappling with issues and priorities such as, how and when it will be feasible to again ride to hounds, recruiting new members and finding new territory in which to ride. Overriding all of the issues will be the requirement to balance the budget and generate additional revenue, as maintaining the pack and obtaining the capable and competent help required to safely and enjoyably ride to them, is the societies biggest expense. The board will require the assistance and commitment of everyone who would like to see this tradition continue.
Stay posted for more information. For questions, suggestions, or offers of assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to contact any of the board members.
The Board of the Fraser Valley Hunt Society
July 30, 2016 – The Fraser Valley Hunt Society is pleased to announce the hiring of Alysha Baxter as the Society’s new Kennelsman. Alysha will start working with the hounds in August, and will assume full time duties in kennels in September. Alysha brings with her considerable experience, and a lifelong interest, in both horses and canines. She’s previously hunted with, and whipped in for, the Fraser Valley Hunt. The expectation is that Ms. Baxter will not only maintain and manage our pack, but will develop the experience and ability to successfully and safely hunt our hounds in the future.
After more that two dozen seasons our huntsman Karen Hatch is retiring.
Let us send her off in style!
Party with the Hunt!
The Fraser Valley Hunt invites you to join us for a
Barbeque and Garden Party
We will roast a pig. You may bring a side dish or a dessert.
Please bring what you like to drink
Sunday, June 12th, 2016,
at Kathrin von Trebra’s, 13132 Cresent Rd., Surrey.
From 15.30 hrs until?
Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend
We will not be hunting on Easter Weekend.
There are two hunts left in the season – April 2nd in Harrison Mills and April 9th @ Riverlands in Pemberton. Our Hunt Ball will also be held on April 9th.
For more information on the Riverlands hunt and the hunt ball please contact Corinne @ Riverlands 1-604-894-1500.