Hugh has spent 53 years in hunt service. Born in England, he knew his calling at age 11. He whipped-in to some of the legendary huntsmen in England—Brian Gupwell at the Eridge (later to become Huntsman for the Duke of Beaufort), Percy Durno and Captain Ronnie Wallace at the Heythrop, and Charlie Wilkin at the Wynnstay.
Upon Captain Wallace’s recommendation to Lord Daresbury, MFH of the County Limerick Foxhounds, Hugh moved to Ireland to take up his first post as Huntsman. There he remained for 27 seasons showing world-class sport to the Irish and visiting sportsmen and women from around the globe.
After parting from the Limerick, he was recruited by Sophie Mellon to come to the U.S. to help rebuild the Rolling Rock Hunt (PA), remaining there as Master and huntsman until 2007. From Rolling Rock, he moved to the Saxonburg Hunt (PA) where he served as Huntsman until coming to the Middleburg Hunt in 2013. We say a fond farewell to him as he retires here in our charming village!
Hugh is madly talented, forever charming and universally loved and it has been my great pleasure to capture some of his attributes and accolades on film and be able to tell his story.
A big thank you to the Middleburg Hunt Masters for granting me permission and entree into this special world of horses, hounds, and Hugh!
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