In 1972 my dad began his career with the Sewickley Hunt. In 1982 he began to hunt the hounds, that's when I got hooked on hunting (riding his hunters and my pony). That year is also when I began to lay drag. In 1990, I moved to Baltimore, MD to begin my professional career as a Whipper-in, after 6 seasons there, I moved to carry the horn at the Farmington in Charlottesville, VA. 20 seasons later (and a few more moves to hunt hounds at different packs in Maryland and Virginia) I came back to my home pack to help bring the Sewickley Hunt back to its glory days.
The whippers-in may change from hunt to hunt, but the designated whips are pictured below.
The Sewickley Hunt hounds are primarily American Foxhounds. They are lighter built, deeper and bigger voiced, strong nosed, and a properly independent yet, biddable hound. I have been outcrossing to the PennMarydel hound recently. This is a strain of the American hound. This increases the voice and scenting ability of the pack tremendously, and can slow them down just a bit (that’s a good thing in our steep, rough terrain). We do have a few crossbred hounds, those are hounds that have some of BOTH, English and American foxhound in their pedigree.