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Tally Ho! Fox Hunting Season Opens in Georgia's Lake Country

The ceremonial fox hunt in Thomson, Georgia, celebrated its 48th anniversary on Saturday.
by Hope Philbrick 

For 48 years, Belle Meade has ceremoniously opened fox hunting season in Georgia Lake Country with the world’s largest opening meet.

horseTo the uninitiated observer, when horses gallop over the hilltops carrying riders in traditional formal wear, it appears to be an English invasion: The red coats are coming!

But even the foxes and coyotes are safe on this day. It’s all for show.

A can’t-miss event for foxhunting enthusiasts, the opening meet is a day filled with pomp, circumstance and miles of opportunity to ride across the rolling fields, through pecan orchards and under the skies of McDuffie County.

Tally-ho wagons line up to caravan alongside the horses and hounds, turning the event into a grand introduction to the sport for anyone who’s interested in learning more but prefers sipping bourbon and eating barbecue to riding a horse or holding a gun.

It’s a mobile tailgating party. A hay ride for grownups. A day filled with horses, hounds, fresh air, camaraderie, and even flavor since tally-ho wagon riders bring coolers and baskets filled with food and beverage treats to enjoy and share.

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