HISTORY OF THE MARLBOROUGH HUNT CLUB

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In 1936, Benjamin H.C. Bowie, along with a group of avid horsemen, was instrumental in organizing the establishment of the Marlborough Hunt Club in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In the first years of inception, MHC did not have a clubhouse, kennels or grounds. Meetings where originally held at the founding and charter member's homes. Eventually a search committee was established to find suitable land for the Hunt Club in the P.G. County region.

In 1950, the Patuxent Gun & Rod Club happened to be selling off a portion if their land along the western shore of the Patuxent River near Hill’s Bridge, east of Upper Marlboro. After successful negotiations, MHC was able to purchase this property and establish what is today the renovated and expanded turn-of-the-century clubhouse, extensive kennels, beautiful outside show grounds and hunt course, stables, Huntsman's home and party pavillion.

MASTERS OF THE MARLBOROUGH HUNT CLUB PAST AND PRESENT

Benjamin H.C. Bowie
John D. Bowling

1937-1943
1939-1969

William H. Brooke
Raymond R. Ruppert

1947-1960
1960-1975

Alfred H. Smith, Jr.
Harry R. Smith

1969-1983
1981-1983

Paul L. Herring
Patricia C. Sasscer

1983-1985
1984-1990

Edward L. Coffren, 3rd
John M. Myers

1984-1998
1998-2000

Katherine Kelly Cawood
Patricia C. Sasscer
Christine F. Clagett

1990-
2000-
2000-

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FOUNDING & CHARTER MEMBERS

F. Bowie Addison
James B. Bland

Joseph C. Chaney
Brice Clagett

Mrs. M. Hampton Magruder
Mrs. Effie B. Mahoney

Benjamin H. C. Bowie
John D. Bowling

R. Bennett Darnall
I. Gardner Edelen

Charles C. Marbury
Edward J. Smith

William H. Brooke
George Buchheister

Robert L. Hall, Jr.
Edwin S. Holloway

Harry L. Smith
Talbot T. Spear

James Buchheister

Miss Emily Lyons

Lansdale G. Sasscer

OFFICERS PAST & PRESENT

Presidents

Edwin S. Holloway
Alfred H. Smith
Ralph W. Powers

1936-46
1946-48
1948-51

Jerrold V. Powers
John E. Hayes
Joshua W. Dorsey

1979-80
1980-82
1982-84

John L. Kelly
Cary McN. Euwer
Raymond R. Ruppert

1951-53
1953-55
1955-57

Nancy K. Helmly
R. Graydon Ripley
Carl W. Buchheister

1984-86
1986-88
1988-90

Hal C. B. Clagett
Dr. A. Keene Bowie
Edward J. Smith

1957-59
1959-61
1961-63

Robert J. Summers
John Brooke Kelly
Carroll A. Johnston

1990-91
1991-94
1994-96

William H. Brooke
Alfred H. Smith, Jr.
Harry E. Taylor, Jr.200

1963-65
1965-67
1967-69

Thomas J. McDermott
Wm. John Bunting
E. Steuart Chaney

1996-97
1997-99
1999-01

Donelson Christmas, Jr.
Ernest N. Cory, Jr.
Harry C. Ketts, III

1969-71
1971-73
1973-75

Taylor Yewell W. Calvert Chaney William G. Carter, Jr.

2001-03 2003-05 2005-07

James R. Bucher
Thomas B. Yewell
John M. Myers

1975-76
1976-78
1978-79

Dotty Chaney Mike Peddicord

2007-09 2009-

Secretaries

Mrs. Frederick G.Melchior Mrs. Edward J. SmithMrs. James G. Sasscer

1936-39
1939-43
1943-46

Mrs. James C. Cawood, Jr.
Mrs. Robert A. Hammett
Mrs Stephen L. Alred

1961-90
1990-91
1991-94

Mrs. Hal C. B. Clagett
Mrs. Richard Zantzinger
Mrs. A. Gwynn Bowie

1946-50
1950-52
1952-54

Mrs. Carl W. Buchheister
Mr. Carl W. Buchheister
Mrs. Frances Hill Myers

1994-95
1995-96
1996-1998

Mrs. Effie Gwynn Melchior
Mrs. Hal Clagett, Act. Secy.
Mrs A. Gwynn Bowie

1954-57
1954-57
1957-61

Mrs. Sharon B. Myers
Claire Simpson-Jones

1998-2003
2003-

Treasurers

Mrs. John D. Bowling
William H. Brooke
Mrs. James G. Sasscer

1936-37
1937-48
1948-52

Frances Hill Myers
John B. Kelly
Robert S. Ellis

1986-87
1987-90
1990-92

B. Beale Sasscer
William B. C. Addison
William C. Dorsey

1952-59
1959-60
1960-66

Robin S. Masino
Jane K. Powers
Barbara G. Smith

1992-93
1993-95
1995-98

B. Beale Sasscer
Mrs. Eugene E. Pitrof
James R. Bucher

1966-68
1968-70
1970-73

Jane K. Powers
Hal C. Rich
Carol Summers Stubbs

1998-99
1999-02 2002-05

Thomas B. Yewell
Donelson Christmas, Jr.
John M. Myers

1973-75
1975-76
1976-78

Charles Gil Hill
Mike Peddicord
Steve Alred

2005-06
2006-07 2007-09

Carl W. Buchheister
R. Graydon Ripley
John E. Hayes

1978-83
1983-84
1984-86

Greg Bush

2009-

 

MHC Toots It’s Horn...

MHC_Home_6Over one hundred years ago, November 1905, was The Great Foxhound Match between the American pack of Harry Worcester Smith and the English pack of Alexander Henry Higginson. In 2005 it probably would have been called a performance trial. If you are lucky enough to have a copy of Alexander Mackay-Smith’s book, The American Foxhound, you can read all about the match, including who was the winner, and more.

Interestingly enough, this match was significant to the Marlborough Hunt Club. Way back in 1938, MHC’s second professional Huntsman was a man from Virginia named Claude Hatcher. He was a whipper-in for the American pack. MFH Smith, as a token of his appreciation for a job well done, gave Claude Hatcher a horn. Mr. Hatcher treasured it during his life and gave it to his friend and boss, John Bowling, one of the first MFH’s of Marlborough. In turn, John Bowling’s widow, Rhoda gave this horn, and a number of other horns belonging to her husband, to the Club.