St. James Academy is an Episcopal parish school.

Thanksgiving Day Fox Hunt

Spectators sip apple cider and inhale the scent of horse musk as the hunting horn calls. The Elkridge Harford Hunt Club riders and hounds are off to the Thanksgiving Day fox hunt. St James Episcopal Church in Monkton, Maryland, has hosted the Blessing of the Hunt, Blessing of the Hounds, since the 1920’s. This tradition is a family event that begins with a 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day church service.

Blessing of the Hounds at My Lady's Manor
On Thanksgiving Day, St James Episcopal Church hosts the Blessing of the Hunt at the Pony Ring in Monkton, Maryland.

Those that don’t attend the service, tailgate near the Pony Ring where the priest blesses the hunt at 11:15 a.m. This year, St James is requesting $20 for parking to support the Historic Preservation Fund.

The Blessing of the Hounds
Elkridge Harford Hunt Club equestrians prepare for the Thanksgiving Day hunt.

Mixing with family and friends while witnessing this blessed event is an excellent way to start the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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