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Sky of Fire Hunt Practice

September 19, 2016
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Ro Crosbie welcomes the NHH to her Sky of Fire Farm.  Alison Herr Photo

The Sky of Fire Hunt Practice in honor of Ted Crosbie at his and Ro Crosbie’s farm near Redfield Iowa was a wonderful day all around.  The weather dawned bright and mild with no wind to speak of.  Following is an account of the day in captioned pictures.  Thanks to Alison Herr of Grey Dog Media for some of the photos:

Riders gather together to share a greeting before mounting up

Riders gather together to share a greeting before mounting up

 

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Guests Alison and Matt Herr and their daughter Maddie win the prize for nattiest attire.

 

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Riders mounted up a few minutes before ten a.m. and hacked up over widely-mowed paths

 

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and through fields of wildflowers to the place where we gathered to honor Ted.

 

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Ted’s horse, The Crown Prince, aka “Prince” was decked out in flowers for the day and carried Ted’s tack, whip and scarlet coat during the ceremony.

 

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Ro Crosbie welcomes guests and comments that she despite her not being a rider, she was always made to feel welcome among foxhunters

Ro Crosbie welcomed guests and commented that she was always made to feel welcome among foxhunters, even though she is not a rider.  Alison Herr Photo

 

Jon Crosbie shared some memories and by request, retold the "weed whip and bulldozer" story. Many hunt members shared stories or fond experiences with Ted.

Jon Crosbie shared some memories and by request, retold the “weed whip and bulldozer” story. Many hunt members shared stories or fond experiences with Ted.

 

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Alison Herr Photo

 

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Jon and his wife Kelly, and Ro holding their daughter Maddie spread some of Ted’s ashes on the edge of their wildflower field at the end of the ceremony.

 

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Alison Herr Photo


The Hunt Practice

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The field relaxes while Huntsman Dude and Bre loose the beagles

 

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Beautiful relaxing ride with friends and guests

 

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Whips MFH Dave Keffler and Becca Fellman hard at work on a beautiful day.

 

Beagles!

Beagles!

 

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MFH Monte Antisdel and Diane Antisdel enjoying the day.  After the slow hack, many of the riders went larking over Ted’s natural jumps on the property.

 

The young entry

The young entry with Max and Spike the mule.  Alison Herr Photo of Maddie Herr

 

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Ro’s patio looked like a resort!

 

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Heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella, and also salsa made from the same type of heirloom tomatoes from Ted and Ro’s garden. So yum! (Thanks to Matt Herr, hand model)

 

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Good times!

 

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Ro says a few words of gratitude to people for coming to honor Ted.  Jon grilled beef and chicken, which were delicious

 

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Could this be the shape of Kentucky Derby parties to come? Let's hope so!

Could this be the harbinger of Sky of Fire Kentucky Derby parties to come?

 

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Wildflowers and foxhunters – a natural pair.  Alison Herr Photo