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The Middleburg Hunt held its opening meet at Groveton Farm Nov. 4. Groveton Farm is one of many beautiful farms in the countryside surrounding the town of Middleburg and one of the hunt’s many fixtures.

The country of the Middleburg Hunt is approximately 10 by 15 miles extending largely to the north and east of Middleburg, and as a consequence of being the hunt that surrounds the town, the Middleburg Hunt is always featured in the town’s Christmas in Middleburg celebrations.

The origins of this hunt began with the great international foxhunting match arranged in1905 concerning the superiority of the English and American packs of hounds. Since the match took place largely in the area near Middleburg, the town received the publicity, and the town became known as the axis of the nation’s hunt country.

Jeffery Blue, MFH, and Mrs. John (Penny) Denegre, MFH, shared the work as Joint Masters of Middleburg Hunt for 24 years, and in 2016, the Board of Governors of the hunt elected Timothy Harmon to be a partner and work as a new joint master. Timothy Harmon, MFH, has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2009 and was instrumental in the design and construction of the hunt’s new kennels.

Harmon, his wife, Therese, and their three children have hosted the Middleburg Hunt’s Thanksgiving Meet and many other additional activities for the hunt since the family bought their farm, Wind Fields, on Snickersville Turnpike in Middleburg. This year the Harmons also hosted the Governors’ Opening Meet Breakfast which is given each year in honor of the landowners.

The Middleburg Hunt meets Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from early September until mid-March. More information regarding the hunt can be found on its website and on the hunt's Facebook posts.

Christmas in Middleburg:
The town has begun releasing news about one of its annual events, the famous Christmas in Middleburg, which begins the first week in December. The Christmas parade is the main feature of the celebrations and is always the first Saturday in December at 2 p.m. However, there are many other activities included in the town’s holiday celebrations that precede and follow the Middleburg Christmas Parade.

Also on Dec. 2, the annual Breakfast with Santa and silent auction will begin at 8:30 a.m., hosted by the Middleburg Community Charter School. The Middleburg Hunt will ride in review at 11 a.m., a spectacular sight with horses, riders in hunting attire, and hounds who go through town on Washington Street.

Throughout the day, the town’s shops and restaurants are always ready to entertain and accommodate visitors, and the Community Center will host the Christmas in Middleburg Craft Show. As usual, the Christmas Parade, the highlight of the holiday celebrations, will have an assortment of floats and groups representing the town and the surrounding communities. The parade also includes horses, ponies, llamas, alpacas, and many different dog breeds, which make the parade very special.

Joining in the town’s celebrations is a wonderful way for families to begin their own holiday celebrations. Many families have made attending Christmas in Middleburg celebrations a family tradition and return year after year.
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