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Tallyho! It’s the Mecklenburg Hounds Club

“Huntsman Mary Lib Whelan (center) leads as hounds get their exercise. With her are (from left) Sue Reeda, Ellen Goforth, Jane Bryant.” 1963
“Huntsman Mary Lib Whelan (center) leads as hounds get their exercise. With her are (from left) Sue Reeda, Ellen Goforth, Jane Bryant.” 1963 Charlotte Observer/News

The Mecklenburg Hounds Club grounds were on Tom Short Road off Providence Road-West. According to news reports the group was active in the 1970s and 1980s, hosting competitions, galas, charity functions and fox hunts. (The Hounds “hunted” for fun -- no foxes were harmed.) Take a look at this 1980 Observer story - then jump over to the slideshow!

Mecklenburg Horse Show Starts Today

Top Riders Featured

April 26, 1980

Horses from at least seven states are competing this weekend in the Mecklenburg Hounds Club’s annual horse show. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the club’s grounds, on Tom Short Road off Providence Road.

There are several dozen classes for jumpers and hunters, and the competition has attracted many top riders from around the Southeast.

The show carries an “A” rating (top rating) with the American Horse Show Association.

Top classes include: open-jumper, amateur-owner hunter, green working hunter, plus three top equitation classes -- the E.J. Haun Memorial class, the American Horse Show Association Hunter Seat class, and the South Carolina Hunter-Jumper Association Governor’s class.

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