This oral history of foxhunting examines the mentors and influences of fifty people who have dedicated their lives to the sport of horse and hound. From the seventy some years of hound breeding experience of Melvin Poe, to the unusual story of a retired grandmother who decided to overcome her fear of horses and got her colors with Red Rock Hounds on her seventieth birthday, this oral history explores the depth and the breadth of foxhunting through the faces and voices of fifty different people who have been a tremendous influence on the sport or whose lives have been tremendously influenced by foxhunting. These oral histories are accompanied by beautiful black and white portraits taken by photographer Mary Kalergis.The recollected sights, sounds and scents of foxhunting shared within these pages are a feast for the senses and nourish the soul.
Mary Kalergis is a renowned photographer whose photos have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution and The Chrysler Museum of Art. Her documentary photography books include Giving Birth, Mother: A Collective Portrait, and Home of the Brave. She has served on the faculty of the International Center of Photography and has been a "special stills" photographer on movie sets. Mary lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband David.