Here’s my feature on the 2017 Master National Hunt Test in the October edition of Texas Parks & Wildlife. You’ll see more of Earl Nottingham’s great photos in the print edition. Looking over this piece again brings back great memories. I can’t believe a year has passed. Those few days at The Big Woods on the Trinity raised my opinion of what makes a finished retriever.
HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Martial Arts, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell
October 3, 2018
October 2, 2018
May 22, 2018
Great event last night featuring Horses to Ride Cattle to Cut. Wonderful crowd. Signed a bunch of books. Wyman strategically positioned himself so that I would have to write all the personal notes. Payback time. I did the same to him at the last signing. Our thanks to the the East Foundation, TWA, and our great hosts at the Houston Country Club. We finished the evening with Brandy Freezes. I'm afraid I could be a 400-pound lush.
May 22, 2018
We put away seven quarts tonight to make sixteen for the season and we’re just getting warmed up. We had our second cobbler of the season last night. People ask me if I’m growing one of the thornless varieties. Never! I’m certain that fine flavor is proportional to blood loss and number of chigger bites. These are Brazos variety, native to the Blackland Prairie.
May 1, 2018
You’ll find more fine shotguns and rifles at Gordy & Sons in Houston than at Purdey, Rigby, and Boss in London. Russell Gordy invited me into his vault. I’ve got your story.