If you’re looking for something new to add to your Thanksgiving tradition, then consider the Myopia Club Fox Hunt at Appleton Farms. Located in Hamilton and Ipswich, Massachusetts, Appleton Farms is the perfect setting for this exciting event.
The Essex National Heritage Organization provides a bit of history about this beautiful location…
“Established in 1638 as a land grant to Samuel Appleton, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States. Scenic views of rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, ancient stone walls, tree-lined carriage paths, and historic farm buildings are all part of the legacy of nine generations of Appleton family members kept alive through the work of The Trustees of Reservations.”
It’s no wonder why the Myopia Club favors this location for its Thanksgiving Day Fox Hunt.
Prior to the 10:00 a.m. start of the hunt, spectators are afforded the wonderful opportunity to meet both the horses and riders in person. The true stars of the event, however, are the magnificent sporting dogs. Smart, devoted and attentive, these dedicated animals are truly impressive.
Reflecting a respect for all animals, it’s important to note that the Myopia Club Fox Hunt is a “dry event.” This means it does not actually feature a live fox. Instead, a scented pad is dragged through the fields to provide a scent for the hounds.
Steeped in tradition, the Myopia Club Fox Hunt officially beings with a speech by the Master of Ceremonies.
Then… the hunt is on!
Riders follow the dogs across the fields, into the woods, and even over stone walls. The sounds of thundering hooves, and echoing barks, fill the air. The excitement is almost palpable. Once experienced, you are sure to have a worthwhile memory.
Whether you’re a photographer, horse lover, dog lover, sports lover, or simply a lover of the outdoors, The Myopia Club Fox Hunt at Appleton Farms offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Held early in the day, you’ll have no trouble being home in plenty of time to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Better yet, if you feel the need to stretch your legs and burn off that pumpkin pie, you can always head back to Appleton Farms to walk the trails and enjoy the beautiful scenery.