Keeneland Magazine

NO4 2013

Keeneland, Investing in Racing's Future since 1936.

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mAKiNg A DiffErENcE K Hound Welfare Fund believe that you cannot retire a hunt- alone in providing life after the chase ... ing dog because it will break its heart or So the Iroquois, the third-oldest hunt in that they will just run off, that you can America, merits a well-deserved badge never domesticate or housetrain them. of honor for its noble humanitarian ef- There are a lot of reasons people believe forts in providing a safe sanctuary for hounds can't live comfortably in retire- retired hounds, and, hopefully, this may ment. But we've found it's not true." serve as a meaningful challenge for other hunts to achieve." For those who visit the hounds in their That's the plan, say HWF supporters. peaceful kingdom, it's hard to believe that the scene is, in fact, revolutionary, "We've infuenced other hunt clubs to as Keeneland director and former chair- consider the possibility of a retirement man James E. Bassett III points out. Bas- program, and some of them have begun sett was the honorary chairman for the their own because of our experience HWF's fundraising dinner and auction that it can be done and all the positive this year at the Iroquois Hunt's head- aspects of it," Mason explained. "We're quarters, the 210-year-old Grimes Mill. happy to provide information to people He compares the HWF to similar charities in Thoroughbred racing. A retiree enjoys a drink on a warm day at the kennel. who are interested in starting their own program." "What I fnd most appealing about this challenge is that, in the foxhunting Fund is decidedly unique," Bassett said. world, this humanitarian Hound Welfare "For the Iroquois Hunt stands virtually Members of the family It was Miller Trust owner Jerry L. Mill- C A p t i vAt e d b y l o v e Photo courtesy Honey Hart Photography Surrounded by Elegance 86 | (859) 288-4367 C e r e m o n i e s | r e C e p t i o n s | r e h e a r s a l D i n n e r s | s h ow e r s | B r i D a l l u n C h e o n s KEENELAND WINTER 2013

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