Now that we’ve taken a look back, over the past two days, at several old coaches attending race meets and hunts, how about a few more modern photos?

Last weekend, A.J. and my parents and I (and a whole bunch of other people, including the governor, apparently) enjoyed the nostalgic and happy spectacle that was the Blessing of the Hounds and opening meet for the Woodford Hounds.

 The weather was glorious and the event took place right in the middle of the main “street” that passes through historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The Woodford Hounds kennel is located at the back of the 3,000-acre property owned by Shaker Village, and so the day’s opening hunt took the hounds and the horses / ponies and riders across fields and meadows and over hills and dry-stone fences.

Here are a few of our photos from the day, all shown in about the order we took them, so you can get an idea of the progression of things. (I’ve marked A.J.’s photos as his but, as usual, any “unmarked” photos are mine.)

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see all those hounds on the steps in the previous photo? Shaker Village costumed interpreters stood guard at each door to try to keep the hounds from running inside; this hound's plans to go in the building were thwarted but she got some lovin' instead

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And once the morning’s festivities were over, it was time to get to work:

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Tomorrow, I’ll share with you a few more scenes from our visit to Shaker Village, including some of the village’s other four-legged residents.