Charles’ impressive career as a professional huntsman spans four decades with Whiskey Road, Live Oak, and Bull Run. His depth of experience and knowledge is a great asset to The Mells. He is a huntsman's huntsman and a scholar of all things hounds and hunting.
Boo began her hunting career with The Mells when she was a student at Sewanee, and went on to whip in professionally to Whitworth-Hardaway, Midland, Live Oak, and Bull Run. A consummate horsewoman and hound mom, we are so pleased that she has returned home to The Mells.
Clare began hunting at the tender age of 6 weeks in her mum's arms at South Wold hunt in Lincolnshire. She has been a whipper in for Full Cry and Cedar Knob where she went on to become huntsman. She graduated from the MFHA Professional Development Program in 2018, and was honored to be the Huntsman for the Belle Meade Performance Trials in 2021.
Photo Credit: Allison Howell
Bill Haggard, 1st Flight
Brian Johnson, 2nd Flight
Sonja Esslinger, 3rd Flight
Bruce Cheever, 4th Flight
Gerald Robeson, Treasurer
Cheri Thomas, Honorary Secretary
Lei Ruckle, Chair
Fall Hunter Pace: Dede Bailey and Marie Bass
Closing Meet: Bill Haggard, Gerald Robeson
Hunt Ball: Theresa Menefee, Lee Baskerville, Sharon McNeely, Joe Rankin, Ann Webber
Hound Crier (literary publication): Sherry Paige
Merchandise: Sonja Esslinger
Hosted Breakfasts: Mary Lynne Walker
Mells Handbook: Stephen Heard