Frequently Asked Questions

How many fields do we have and who are the Field Masters?

Answers to Frequently Asked or Perhaps Infrequently Asked But Interesting Questions.

We usually have 3 fields.

  • Sanna Neilson takes the first field.
  • Remy Winants takes the second field.
  • Judy Jefferies, John Wilkowski, and Kirstie Grabosky lead the hill-toppers field.

We ask all riders to stay with the field-master of the field they have chosen to ride with for that day. Permission to leave a chosen field (whether to change fields or to call it a day) should be requested from the named field-master prior to leaving the field. Please introduce yourself to your field-master if you do not know them.

These rules are intended to provide the best sport for all Subscribers of our hunt, and to support the hard work that hounds and staff engage in to provide us that sport.

  • If a post or rail is broken during hunting, the rider responsible for breaking it must stop and make every effort to fix it  - even temporarily, especially if livestock are turned out in the area.
  • The rider then must inform their Fieldmaster and find Michael Beeson, who kindly follows the hunt with materials for fixing broken fences, and notify him of the exact location of the break.
  • Additionally, if a notification to the landowner is required, the rider must personally contact the landowner and explain the both the breakage and the repairs made to the landowner's satisfaction.

If a member wishes to invite a non-member for a day of hunting with Cheshire, permission is required from one of the masters and communicated to hunt secretary. Any individual non-member is limited to a total of 5 days of "Capping", and must sign a waiver and pay the Cap Fee ($200) before mounting at the meet.

We currently have 71 entered hounds, with 82 in total in our kennels. Our hounds are bitches and dogs;  3 purebred American, 2 purebred Penn-Marydels, and 66 Cheshire Crossbreds.

Our Cheshire Crossbreds, mostly half English and half Penn-Marydel represent the best of both lines..  they have the voice and the nose of the Penn-Marydels along with the speed and endurance of the English. In recent years the American foxhound has been introduced into the pack as well. 

Like any good team, the mixture of purebreds and crossbreds in our pack tends to provide us with the best sport as each brings different talents to the field and thus different types of performance under the varying  circumstances we enjoy while hunting our country.

We currently have 15 staff horses, 14 thoroughbreds and 1 who thinks he is a thoroughbred.

The staff horses are mostly ex-racehorses from both steeplechasing and flat racing, or from an eventing background. We look for:

  1. Soundness - will need to withstand hard work in all ground conditions.
  2. Jumping ability - will need to jump extremely well to keep up with hounds.
  3. Mental attitude - the transition from racing or eventing can be difficult.

We work hard to make our horses up to be good staff horses, and they contribute a great deal to the success of our hunt. They are often quite young.

Contact Information

Cheshire Hunt Conservancy
Post Office Box 528
Unionville PA 19375-0528

Secretary: 610-347-1918
Hunt Information Line: 610-347-1918

CHC Board of Directors

  • Phoebe D. Fisher, MD, MFH
  • Sanna Pell Neilson, MFH
  • W.B. Dixon Stroud, Jr., MFH
  • Chairman Emeritus:
    John B. Hannum, Jr., Esquire
  • President: Jennifer Jones Arms
  • Treasurer: Missy Shaffer
  • Richard Buchanan
  • Michael Bucklin
  • Phoebe Fisher
  • Jamie Hicks
  • Judy Jefferis
  • Ann LaPides
  • Buddy Martin
  • Wendy Powell
  • Sally Reed

CHC Staff

  • Huntsman: Ivan Dowling
  • First Whip: Mackenzie Wertman
  • Honorary Whip: Celia Goodall
  • Groom/grounds: Michael Beeson
  • Hunter Barn Manager: Remy Winants
  • CHC Secretary: Kelley Ford