The weather was brisk and full of the smells of the season, and the misty rain held off until the Orange County Hounds had completed a fabulous day of sport that started early in the morning and culminated with its traditional fall Hunt Breakfast held at Kinross Farm.  Hosted by owners Zohar and Lisa Ben Dov, they opened their doors to the exuberant crowd of hunt enthusiasts, friends and guests eager to enjoy ample culinary delights over talk of the day.

The OCH Field. Photo by Joanne Maisano

The OCH Field. Photo by Joanne Maisano

If this happened to be your first time at this event, as it was mine, you’d have experienced the elegance of the formal attire, the warm hospitality of all those present and the joy of seeing the very young to the old celebrating the traditions at the heart of hunt country.

Nina Fout, Helen Hickson and Andrew Stifler enjoy the bountiful fare overlooking the stunning fields of Kinross. Photo by Elaine Anne Watt

Nina Fout, Helen Hickson and Andrew Stifler enjoy the bountiful fare overlooking the stunning fields of Kinross. Photo by Elaine Anne Watt

Looking out over the fields with the waning fall colors in the background was breathtaking.  Watching the horses and riders returning side by side with the still energetic hounds was a sight to behold.  And, listening to the thrill of the jumps, the fast pace over hill and dale and the camaraderie enjoyed by all made it easy to grasp why being a part of the Field is such a passion.

Zohar and Lisa Ben Dov hosted the OCH Breakfast at-their gorgeous farm Kinross. Photo by Elaine Anne Watt

Zohar and Lisa Ben Dov hosted the OCH Breakfast at-their gorgeous farm Kinross. Photo by Elaine Anne Watt

Julie Weir said it “was one of my best hunting days in Virginia.”  Others said it was as close to a perfect day of sport as can be found.  To me, it was clearly a very special time set aside each year to be thankful for good friends and the opportunity to embrace life to
its fullest. ML