History of LRH

Historic precedent

1700s settlers & farmers who came from Virginia & Pennsylvania brought with them the love for sporting animals: horses, hounds and game. Soon, the National Fox Hunters Association was formed to host field trials, establishing the standards for hound conformation, scenting and running ability.

  • 1880 Iroquois Hunt Club was founded.
  • 1895 The first field trail was held in Owingsville, Kentucky.
  • 1912 The Kentucky Fox Hunters Association was formed, with a field trial held each fall.
  • 1941 Oldham County Hounds
  • 1961 Long Run Hounds
  • 1981 The Woodford Hounds

NOTE: The Camargo Hunt was established in 1925 and is registered in Ohio, though this hunt also hunts in northern and central Kentucky.

The United States of America currently boasts about 175 registered or recognized clubs.  Kentucky, the horse capital of the world has three recognized foxhunting clubs. The Long Run Hounds is the second oldest recognized hunt club in this state.

LRH Huntsman 1961 to present

  • 1961 – 1975: Roscoe R. Dalton, MFH
  • 1967 – 1988: Robert M. Nash, MFH
  • 1975 – 1988: Walter H. Millard, Jr., MFH
  • 1991 – 2011: Charles W. McLaughlin, MFH
  • 2001 – 2011: Sally C. McLaughlin, MFH
  • 2011 to present:  Joseph A. Caldwell, MFH

Currently, the club is managed by three “Joint Masters.” The senior Master is Dinwiddie Lampton III, MFH (President), thereafter Paul Bickel, MFH (Vice President), and Alf Caldwell, MFH (Huntsman) making up the rest of the leadership team. LRH had been under the senior leadership of Master Ned Bonnie who retired November 2013. Mr. Bonnie had served as Joint Master for 25 years (1988 to 2013).

Foxhunting is one of the few sports that can be equally enjoyed by both genders and by all ages. The Long Run Hounds has members who range over 80 years of age, to members under 10 years old, riding to the hounds. LRH members are a community of teachers, farmers, physicians, technicians, salesmen, soldiers, barristers and bankers.  The Hunt’s objective is to partake in the Countryside chase over “Hill and Dale” while watching the hounds perform:  with the hope of catching a view (or glimpse) of the wily coyote or fox.  The stated reward is to enjoy the chase and not to capture or harm.  It is virtually impossible (with our slower moving hounds) to catch the running coyote or fox, as they are fitter and a little cleverer than our hounds.

LRH has always been a club focused on the sheer love of the hounds, the sport and stewardship of the land. The club members continue through today to uphold the responsibilities required by this stewardship in order to sustain their sport.

References:

The Long Run Hounds (1992), by  Robert M. Nash
Article: Hunting Finds a home in Kentucky’s Bluegrass, Covertside Magazine (Summer 2010),  Betsy Burke Parker