Blessing of the Hounds

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It is a long-standing tradition in the Worthington Valley for the Greenspring Valley Hounds to meet at St. John’s Church, Western Run Parish on Thanksgiving morning for the annual Blessing of the Hounds. With many riders on horseback, accompanied by a large pack of hounds, it is indeed a very colorful event!

After the 10:00am worship service in the historic St. John’s Church, a procession of flags, clergy, parishioners, and onlookers cross Butler Road to say prayers for the hounds, staff and hunt field.  After the blessing, a horn is blown and the pack departs through a gauntlet of the gathered spectators. All are welcome to attend!

Photos courtesy of Whitney Wasson Photography