North Hills Hunt Big Fun Weekend 2018

August 25 and 26, 2018

The North Hills Hunt is hosting Big Fun Weekend 2018 including:

  • Saturday
    • Beagle hunt and a lovely brunch in the country at Cedar Run, near Tipton, IA
    • Group trail ride at the same location following lunch
  • Sunday
    • Hunter pace at Catalpa Corner, near Iowa City, on Sunday, followed by brunch on site

New this year:

  • Discounted hunter pace pre-registration available
  • Dedicated time periods for different hunter pace speeds

You can participate in one event, two events, or make a weekend of it. Overnight stabling and camping is available at Catalpa Corner Horse Park, details below

Saturday August 25th

11:00 a.m. Beagle Hunt (cost-free, and a pleasant ride in beautiful country with the cutest beagles you have ever seen or heard.  You won’t even believe it.)
12:30 lunch ($7 donation covers lunch, if you feel moved to donate more than that in gratitude for the day’s fun, your donation will help feed the beautiful NHH beagles and hounds)
1:30 Trailride through the spectacular Tipton country ($25 donation to NHH, please, for non-members. NHH members gratis.  (Join the hunt here!)

Group dinner location TBA
RSVP required by Tuesday August 21 for all Saturday events.

Sunday August 26th

Hunter Pace – a fundraiser for the North Hills Hunt, a 501c3 organization.

New This Year: Dedicated times for pace speeds.  This will allow the slow pacers to enjoy the scenery without a race passing through, and the fast pacers an uninterrupted gallop.

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Slow pace
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Medium pace
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Fast pace

Stabling/Camping

Stabling available at Catalpa Corner for $25 per night for Friday and/or Saturday night. Bring your own shavings and strip stalls upon departure. Stabling reservations required, email Camie Stockhausen.

Camping available at Catalpa Corner for $25 per night for Friday and/or Saturday night.  Camping reservations required, electric available, email Camie Stockhausen


Event Details Saturday

Beagle Hunt

(Saturday 11 a.m., Cedar Run, Tipton)

If you have ever wanted to learn about or try riding on a foxhunt in a controlled environment, a beagle hunt is for you!

Beagling is just plain good fun, and anyone who can ride a horse can do it.  The beagles hunt at a slow pace and provide much entertainment with their antics.  It is a very sociable time!

We hope anyone who can ride a horse in walk, trot and canter comes out and plays. English or western tack appropriate and welcomed. Attire is casual. Helmet and hard-soled shoes required. We encourage riders to arrive around 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. start. A stirrup cup is provided before the hunt, and brunch to follow ($7 donation for brunch, please, anything more than that is gratefully accepted and will support the NHH hounds.  NHH is a 501c3 organization and donations are accepted with gratitude.)

Riders will need to sign a North Hills Hunt waiver. Please print it out, sign it, and present it to the hunt secretary upon your arrival.  Please pay for lunch ($7) or the afternoon trail ride ($25) with cash or check at lunchtime.

RSVP for the Beagle Hunt and brunch here.  Please contact Lyse Strnad for further information or directions to the hunt country Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Pleases print out, sign and bring a North Hills Hunt waiver to the event. 

Lunch

(Saturday 12:30 p.m., Cedar Run, Tipton)

$7 donation covers lunch, if you feel moved to donate more than that in gratitude for the day’s fun, your donation will help feed the beautiful NHH hounds.)

Trail Ride

(Saturday 1:30 p.m., Cedar Run, Tipton)

Come out and ride some of the loveliest property in eastern Iowa, with the most interesting group of fun-loving people you are likely ever to meet. Arrive early enough for the 12:30 lunch and meet like-minded people. We’ll ride the country at a relaxed pace, taking in the scenery, crossing streams and having fun.

The fee to join the trail ride is a $25 donation in support of the North Hills Hunt, a 501c3 organization.. No fee is required for NHH members. Riders will need to sign a North Hills Hunt waiver. Please print it out, sign it, and present it to the hunt secretary upon your arrival.

RSVP for the Beagle Hunt, lunch and/or Trail Ride.  Please contact Lyse Strnad for further information and directions to the hunt country,   Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!


Event Details Sunday

Hunter Pace (A day of fun in the country!)
(Sunday 9 a.m., Catalpa Corner Horse Park, Iowa City)

The North Hills Hunt is sponsoring a Hunter Pace at the spectacular Catalpa Corner Horse Park near Iowa City on Sunday August 26, 2018. A hunter pace is a fun competition where riders ride a marked course individually or in a group. There are jumps on the course, which are entirely optional. Attire is neat and casual, hard hat and hard-soled shoes are required. The riders ride in any or all gaits and try to match the secret pace set by experienced fox hunt riders who included walk, trot and canter when they went around the course to set the pace. The idea is to simulate the pace of a typical day out hunting – thus the term “Hunter Pace.”  There are slow, medium and fast course times set.

A course will be marked with beginner novice and novice level fences, and all jumps are completely optional, just like on a hunt.

New This Year: Dedicated times for pace speeds.  This will allow the slow pacers to enjoy the scenery without a race passing through, and the fast pacers an uninterrupted gallop.

  • 9:00 – 10:00: Slow pace
  • 10:00 – 11:00: Medium pace
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Fast pace

Entries: $50 pre-registration for non-members, $40 pre-registration for members.  Day-of-event registration: $60 non-members, $50 members. Registration includes up to three, timed, hunter pace rounds; lunch with other fun horse people; and ribbons and prizes.

Your pre-entry is complete when you have completed the below form and sent a $50 check, made out to “NHH” to Camie Stockhausen, 57560 Highway 210, Cambridge, IA 50046-8583 is received. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Tuesday August 21, 2018.

In the event of cancellation, refunds to pre-registrants will be given upon request to Camie Stockhausen. Questions about weather or other concerns near the time of the event, please check our home page.

Directions to Catalpa Corner

Please direct questions not addressed on this page regarding Sunday’s events to Camie Stockhausen.

Directions to Catalpa Corner

IMG_4210We encourage everyone to bring lawn chairs and hang out to have lunch and to learn if they won an award or prize. It is a fun day in the country!

Tentative schedule: The park welcomes trailers as early as 7:30 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m.  Riders may mount their horses after their signed NHH and Catalpa Corner waivers have been presented to the secretary.

Directions to Catalpa Corner

North Hills Hunt and Catalpa Corner waivers

Entry form for discounted hunter pace pre-registration.  Hunter pace entry also available at the gate.

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 4th

Welcome the Hark Forward Tour Group by hunting with them as our guests
10:30 a.m. Stirrup cup, Hosted by The Farm at Butterflat Creek
11:00 a.m. North Hills Hunt and Red Rock Hounds, hunting as a mixed pack
Location: Packard’s Fixture              Attire: Ratcatcher
5:30 p.m. Cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres at Fox Tail Farm

Thursday, April 5th
9:30 a.m. Stirrup cup, Hosted by-Royal Fox Stables & MFH Marcella Norman
10:00 a.m. Mission Valley Hunt
Location: Fox Tail Farm        Attire: Ratcatcher
Brunch following, served at the fixture
5:30 Welcome party at the Rodeo Grounds

Friday, April 6th
Bye day- No hunting
11:00 a.m. Trail ride to Calamus Lake from Fox Tail Farm is available
3:00 p.m. Parade, Be mounted in formal attire and ready to ride from the Rodeo Grounds by 2:30.
No Host Dinner
8:00 p.m. Live Band, “Flyover” performing at the 83 Grand Event Center in Burwell

Saturday, April 7th
9:30 a.m. Stirrup cup, Hosted by Becca’s Barrel Horses & OPUS
10:00 a.m. Fort Leavenworth Hunt
Location: Packard’s Fixture              Attire: Formal
Brunch following, served at the fixture
6:30 p.m. Cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres at Fox Tail Farm

Sunday, April 8th
8:30 a.m. Stirrup cup, Hosted by NHH Military Members
9:00 a.m. North Hills Hunt and Red Rock Hounds, hunting as a mixed pack
Location: Fox Tail Farm                    Attire: Formal
Box lunch provided at the fixture

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Hunt Fixtures and Contacts

Fox Tail Farm

Owned by Dr. Luke & Sam Matranga
45914 Fox Run Rd.
Burwell, NE 68823

From the Rodeo Grounds, Turn right on Hwy 91 then left on L Street (by Pump & Pantry). Turn Right and take the Calamus Dam Road (Hwy 96) to the Calamus Dam. Cross over the dam road on the south side of the dam (S Lake Road.) From the south west corner of the dam, proceed 3.7 miles to the county road (460 ave) that turns south. This is just opposite to the entrance of the Nunda Shoals boat docking area.  Proceed south .35 miles to the second gravel road on the right- this is Long Horn Lane but the sign is missing.  Proceed .3 of a mile to Fox Run Road. Then turn left into Fox Tail Farm. (308) 346-4951 Matranga’s Burwell home number

 

Packard’s Fixture

Owned by Troy & Laura Packard and Fred & Faye Packard
46108 826th Road
Burwell, NE 68823

From the Rodeo Grounds, Turn right on Hwy 91 then left on L Street (by Pump & Pantry.) Go Straight to the T intersection and turn right on Hwy 96 or 13th Ave. Stay on (Hwy 96) for about 3 miles to 826th Rd (NHH Hunt sign on the corner).  Turn left on 826th Rd. Continue straight on 826th Rd. for about 3+ miles until you come to 461st Ave. Turn left and proceed .4 of a mile. Turn right into the pasture.


Contacts:

Joint Hunt Coordinator- Bre Orsborn 402-657-5566

Honorary Secretary/Check in booth official – Carine Stava 402-981-9826

MFH Dr. Luke Matranga 402-679-6211 and Sam Matranga 402- 679-6212

MFH Monte Antisdel 515-249-3580

MFH Dave Keffeler 402-670-2529

Safe Rider Program 2017

We hope to see many people out there, it’s always a great time! Start time will be 5 or 6 pm depending upon daylight!

Each night will start out with 30 mins of hunt training, different tips to help you become a stronger/safer rider. Following that will be 30 min of open practice time. Then a rabbit hunt to end most nights!

  • August 30 The Farm at Butterflat Creek SRP and Rabbit hunt to follow
  • September 6 NHH Kennels SRP and hound walk to follow
  • September 13 Quail SRP and Rabbit hunt to follow
  • September 20 Rawhide Creek SRP and Rabbit hunt to follow

It should be an action-packed time, we hope to see everyone out! Remember to please bring $5.00 for food and RSVP to Bre by the Monday before so she can buy enough! tel:(402)%20657-5566 bredana@hotmail.com

Thank you to all the barn/land owners for opening up your facilities for us to continue this program. We could not do it without you! Also big thanks to Carine Stava and Bre for all the help getting this organized!

Thanks Everyone!! Tally Ho!!

Huntsman Dude

TED Ride

tedrideTED Ride = Tack, Educate and Dine!

Saturday October 15, 10 a.m.
A laid back day of horses and riders enjoying Ted and Ro Crosbie’s beautiful property near Redfield, IA, and carrying on in Ted’s inclusive and cheerful way of going.  The pace of the ride will be relaxed and suitable for green horses.  At the end of the relaxed hack, riders can choose to join a jumping group.  Experienced foxhunters will be on hand to answer questions or help.  Free for members, $20 donation requested from non-members, who are heartily invited.  Members of the Irish Run Pony Club will also be joining us.
Ro Crosbie and the Stockhausens will host a brunch following the ride.  With questions or to RSVP, please contact Camie Stockhausen.  Thank you and hope to see you there.

Sky of Fire Hunt Practice

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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

Sept 17, 2016 Hunt Practice

If you have ever wanted to have a gentle introduction to foxhunting, here is your opportunity! Ro Crosbie has graciously invited riders to her Sky of Fire Farm near Redfield on Saturday September 17th for a hunt practice. Riders should plan to be in the tack at 10 a.m. We’ll have a brief, mounted commemoration celebrating the life of Dr. Ted Crosbie in the beautiful setting of his farm. Following that, we will hack out over the many trails on the property at a suitable pace for young horses and those starting to leg up for foxhunting, carrying Ted’s joyful spirit with us as we prepare for another fun season of fox hunting. There are natural jumps on the property as well. There will be several experienced hunt members on site to help with any aspect of hunting or horsemanship.  
Ro will be hosting what promises to be a delightful brunch after the ride. We are requesting a donation of $20, which includes the Hunt Practice and brunch, from non-NHH members. To RSVP and receive directions to the farm, please send an email to Camie Stockhausen.

Jasmine

Jasmine

Jasmine and one of her boys

Jasmine and one of her boys

Jasmine in her hunting days, when she had four legs

Jasmine in her hunting days, when she had four legs

Jasmine was Handy‘s companion for a few years. Jasmine, unlike Handy, was an avid hunter. So avid that she was off hunting away from the pack when she got caught in a trap. She was missing for 13 days in a cold snowy February and finally turned up in a nearby town with a ruined hind foot. After leg amputation, she was adopted.

Jasmine sleeping amongst the toys

Jasmine sleeping amongst the toys

She lived with a family with two little boys who were less than a year old when she arrived. She learned house training quickly and became friends with the longhaired barn cat who would wait at the house door for Jasmine to come out in the morning.

She tolerated the toddlers and never chewed on the trains, blocks or rubber duckies that were scattered everywhere. She quickly became friends with Handy and lived to a very old age. The master would feed her handfuls of shrimp at hunt brunches because he loved her too.

Jasmine and her kitty

Jasmine and her kitty

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Jasmine enjoying some relaxation

 

Handy

NHH Handy

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I love to snuggle with my people and my kitty.

Walks with my boys are way fun.

Walks with my boys are way fun.

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My first night together with the boys

Hi!  I’m NHH Handy!  I am living my retirement with a fun couple who have two teenage boys!  They are all the greatest.  They take me on walks and love me a lot.  I always stay with them whether hiking or riding horses. They say I am so sweet and I have not had one “oops” in the house. I sure love those boys and they love me right back!

I love my crate!

I love my crate!

Some foxhounds look for retirement homes because they need a place to rest when they are older.  I just flat out didn’t really like to hunt, so I stayed with the riders in the field during hunts. That didn’t sit well with the other hounds, so the huntsman started looking for a new place for me to live when I was about 4 years old. With learning about my crate, my house training went fairly smoothly.  I love my crate and sleep in it at night in my people’s bedroom.

I like to go to soccer games and meet new friends and lie in the grass with them!

I like to go to soccer games and meet new friends and lie in the grass with them!

I’m not the first foxhound that my people have had.  When I first came, they had another retired foxhound, Jasmine, that lived with them too.  She showed me the ropes and lived out her days in happiness and with a grateful heart.  Before I came, when they had only her, she was so good that they wanted another one, and that’s me! They tell me all the time that I have a very kind, sweet personality.

Being the foxhunting ambassador at a baseball game.

Being the foxhunting ambassador at a baseball game.

I get to go to baseball and soccer games where I am joyously mobbed by small children who love to take me on walks. What fun!  I am so obedient and gentle on a leash that several people have asked who trained me! Trained me?  Nope, I am just a polite girl, thank you very much.  I am beloved by all who meet me!  I hope you’ll consider adopting a foxhound!

Here I am with my boys on a hike! Good fun!

Here I am with my boys on a hike! Good fun!