The Hunt is On! by Polly Peacock

Chester County Day located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA has become a yearly tradition for generations of Chester County residents and visitors. Listen up and gather around the Master of the Foxhounds as he rounds up his hounds and prepares them for the chase. Then comes the bugle call for the riders and their mounts to start. It truly is a sight to see – about 30 or so hounds and at least 20 -25 riders. After the Hunt, comes a house tour. The “Day”, as it is called, starts with the traditional fox hunt and is the nation’s oldest house tour, with this years Chester County day marking the 73rd year in a row. It is a fabulous sight to see!

This photograph was shot with a Canon 40D, equipped with a 18-200mm lens.


My life is like a well read book that’s never ending, at least for this moment in time. As I continually add new chapters to my book, I find that my photography plays a big part in it. This is most especially true as my great love and fascination with Mother Naure never wanes. It’s my hope that you, too, will share my joy as the pages in my book of life continue to flip forward! My Very Best, Polly Peacock

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Fabulous capture Polly.

  • Thanks Bunny – we’ve been going to Chester County Day for the past 3 years and it never ceases to amaze me – the horses are all gorgeous and the hounds are incredible – glad you like it!! :)

    – Polly Peacock

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    October 8, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Awesome Teresa – thanks so much!! :)

    – Polly Peacock

  • CarolM
    CarolMover 1 year ago

    I would have loved to see this Polly! It looks like a lot of fun. Sounds like you had a great day and came away with a fine photograph of the happenings. Good job!

  • Thanks Carol – yes, this is always so much fun to observe and awesome to see the hounds and riders in action! The horses are drop dead gorgeous and the hounds are a riot!! :)

    – Polly Peacock

  • Sharon Brown
    Sharon Brownover 1 year ago

    Good shot Polly but such a cruel ‘sport’

  • Hi Polly! They don’t actually do anything, if they even find a fox…It used to be that way. Now, they do it for the tradition as well as the show!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 1 year ago

    This is just awesome…love the dog down front…he has his groove on! Great shot!

  • Thanks Susan – yep he’s definitely grooving!!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Awesome and thanks so much Marie!!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Gogo Kong
    Gogo Kongover 1 year ago

    They still hunt foxes and it is very cruel

  • Gogo – your information is from the UK…What we do here in the Chester County, USA is different – they chase the fox until it goes into the ground or the earth and it is not a killing sport. See this link:

    – Polly Peacock

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 1 year ago

    Great shot, love how smart they look

  • Thanks Trudi – It’s so very amazing to watch them all working together!! :)

    – Polly Peacock

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 1 year ago

  • Thanks so much Karen – appreciate it!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Sharon Brown
    Sharon Brownover 1 year ago

    Sorry but it would still be terrifying for the fox. He wouldn’t know they’re not going to kill him.

  • I understand your thoughts…I truly do, but this is also a game for the fox. Please read below:

    The game is not cruel. It is hide-and-seek and the crafty fox knows the countryside like one knows his household environment. When the fox tires of this game he dives into an open earth (his home beneath the ground) and then again, it’s musical, the barking hounds as they “mark” his earth, the note of the hunting horn as their huntsman blows " his fox to ground" all contribute to the pageantry of the hunt.

    – Polly Peacock

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