About The Hounds Foundation
History of hunting with hounds
English colonials imported red foxes from their homeland once they had established land holdings in the new world. Lord Fairfax and George Washington were avid sporting gentlemen. Both had their own kennels and the father of our country kept highly detailed journals of his foxhunting exploits. Philadelphia spawned the first organized foxhunting club in the colonies.
Now Captain Morris led the foxhunters into the eventual conflict, as part of the hastily organized First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry. The ardent horsemen became the initial cavalry unit of the colonial army. Upon the British surrender, and, as everyday life returned to the norm, various hunting enterprises sprung up. Many foxhunting enterprises continue today.
Who We Are
Collin F. McNeil, MFH, Chairman
Michael G. Tillson III, MFH
Alex Wiecek Warzecha
Anna DiFrancesco Kreuzberger
James E. Jordan, Jr.
Erin Dougherty, Executive Director
“The Hounds Foundation is an essential and inspiring donor of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, (BRC). The long-standing tradition of fox hunting in this region has served as a catalyst for much of the land that is permanently preserved in the area. The generous support of the Hounds Foundation has enabled BRC to continue to preserve and enhance our natural areas, restore and protect our precious streams and introduce today’s youth to the great outdoors”.
– James E. Jordan, Jr. Executive Director and CEO, Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.