For a listing of Hounds, Sponsors and Available Hounds,
and/or Gyp Hounds
Glenmore Hunt maintains a kennel of Club-owned Foxhounds
registered with the Masters of Foxhounds Association. They are Crossbred
and American type of Foxhounds. The Master(s) conduct an active breeding program,
occasionally drafting hounds and trading stud services to/from other Hunts.
The Hunt has a veterinarian on a monthly retainer which we have found to be
quite satisfactory since he gets to know the individual hounds and kennel staff
quite well. Members also have the opportunity to "get to know" the
individual hounds through the following programs:
Members are encouraged to sponsor individual hounds. It is a voluntary program
with no obligation. Its main purpose is to stimulate interest and camaraderie,
but financial contributions are also welcome. Again, there is no mandatory obligation,
but some sponsors pay for routine deworming, immunizations, blood work, etc.,
and some furnish a bag of feed or a steak bone from time to time. Sponsors are
occasionally listed in the Glenmore News. A couple of times per year
the hounds are encouraged to write to their individual sponsors. Sponsors are
given the opportunity to "show" their hound at the local Hound Show
on Derby Day in preparation for the annual Virginia Hound Show. When Glenmore
prepares to "retire" a hound, his/her sponsor has 1st "dibs"
For a listing of Hounds, Sponsors and Available Hounds, click
and/or Gyp Hounds
Hounds require daily outings. The kennel staff likes help to accomplish this.
On other than hunting days, volunteer members are scheduled to go to the kennel
for an hour or so and help the staff exercise the hounds. This walking program
is done throughout the year to help the hounds stay fit and happy and to learn
the required discipline. Mostly its done on foot but sometimes bicycles
are used on the roads and sometimes it is done from a combination of footwalkers
and riding horseback. No member is excluded from participating. If someone does
not have the physical or other attributes to help alone, two or more members
may be scheduled to buddy-up, but no member is excluded.
The Glenmore Masters endorse the concept of putting puppies out "on walk"
with members at their homes between six to eight weeks of age (ASAP after weaning)
for approximately three months (until they are about 20 weeks old). The Masters
of Foxhounds approve each putting out with first preference going to members
on hunt status. It is important to place the puppies on walk in a suitable environment,
the ideal being rural, with minimal auto traffic. When puppies are on walk,
they are taught to lead, to come and otherwise resond to their names,
taught not to jump up on people or livestock and become accustomed to being
around people, horses, pets, and livestock. By getting puppies out on walk,
they get a better start on life, rather than having just a few people handle
them at the kennel.
The puppies are received back from walkout and in the
kennels at about twenty weeks of age, at which time they are ready to start
exercise first with the walkers on foot and then through the country on horseback.
They are walked away from roads where they are exposed to horses, farm animals
(incl. sheep and cattle), and people. This gives them experience. After a period
of time, they will start to hunt and run game. Later, puppies will really start
to use their noses. They are picked up before this becomes too serious as they
are prone to get lost. They are not allowed to run riot (hunting anything except
fox) longer than it takes to reprimand them.