Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: A Thanksgiving Day Tradition with the Myopia Hunt

Photo via Myopia Hunt on Facebook.

Since its founding in 1882, the Myopia Hunt of Hamilton, Massachusetts, has gathered on Thanksgiving Day morning to cap off the season in style. Myopia is oldest operating drag hunt in America and they work closely with private landowners and conservation organizations alike to preserve open space in the area. The club additionally hosts events open to the public throughout the year including the annual Myopia Horse show and two hunter paces each year, which are very popular — particularly with local eventers.

The tradition of the Thanksgiving Hunt has since been adopted by the general public as well. Early in the morning before dinner preparations begin, throngs of spectators donning warm winter hats and clutching their coffees congregate at Appleton Farm in Ipswich to watch the spectacle as the hunt departs. This short video by Jay Burnham captures the excitement as the hunt set out this year: