Forty-seven riders enjoyed the cool, glorious weather on Saturday, November 5 to participate in the Blessing of the Hounds ceremony. Following the ceremony and hunt, 106 riders and friends enjoyed a delicious brunch. Thanks to Kate and Melissa, Blessing and Brunch Organizers, and Kate’s assistants Linda Mosbacher and Dennis Brandon, together with the 20 other volunteers who helped make this event a success.
blessing2016-16Officiating at the Blessing were the Reverends Drs. Susan Smith, recently-retired rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bexley, and Kai Nilsen of Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna.

This was our bagpiper Scott Caputo’s first Blessing and he did not disappoint, adding an historic and elegant touch to the ceremony.

Our official photographer was Chuck Miele, whose photographs can be viewed here.  Additionally, John McKean, another professional photographer who rode in the Blessing took candid photographs as well as a video of the hunt from horseback.   Several more photos and videos can be found on the Rocky Fork Hunt Facebook Page.