Spirited start

By Grosvenor Merle-SmithGrosvenor Merle-Smith

At Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds’ opening meet Sunday morning (Nov. 1) at Bill Fletcher’s Thornton Hill in Sperryville, Joint Masters Jeffrey LeHew (in red) and Beth Opitz (and Joint Master Erwin Opitz, not visible in the photo) stood by as the Rev. Jennings W. Hobson II conducted the traditional blessing of the hounds. Early-morning rains had let up (and stayed away) as many friends and landowners gathered to see the 50-plus riders move off.

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