Radnor Hunt Club

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Radnor Hunt is the oldest continuous fox-hunting club in the United States, recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association America.


Radnor Hunt was founded in 1883 in Pennsylvania.[1][2] A property was purchased on the corner of Darby-Paoli and Roberts Roads in Newtown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and it became the club headquarters.[1]

From its early days, it attracted members of prominent families from Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Main Line, also known as "Old Philadelphians".[1][3][4] For example, Alexander Cassatt (1839–1906), the seventh president of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), was a founding member.[1] The first President was James Rawle of the J. G. Brill Company, and the first Master of Foxhounds was Horace B. Montgomery.[1] Later, Samuel D. Riddle (1861–1951) joined the club.[5]

In 1931, architect Arthur Ingersoll Meigs (1882-1956), who was a member of the hunt, restored the Gallagher Farm on Boot Road (now Providence Road) in White Horse, Pennsylvania as well as new stables and kennels.[1] It became the new club headquarters.[1]

The club is recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America.[1] Memberships are cited in the Social Register.[6]



  • Collin F. McNeil, Bright Hunting Morn: The 125th Anniversary of the Radnor Hunt (New York, New York: The Derrydale Press, 2009)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Radnor Hunt: About Us
  2. ^ Digby Baltzell, The Protestant Establishment Revisited, Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 1999, p. 101 [1]
  3. ^ Miriam Ascarelli, Independent Vision: Dorothy Harrison Eustis and the Story of the Seeing Eye, West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2010, p. 9 [2]
  4. ^ Nathaniel Burt, Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American Aristocracy, Little, Brown and Company, 1963 (reprinted 1999), pp. 285-295
  5. ^ Edward L. Bowen, Man O' War, Lexington, Kentucky: Eclipse Press, 2000, p. 84 [3]
  6. ^ Edward Digby Baltzell, Philadelphia Gentlemen: The Making of a National Upper Class, Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 1989, p. 363 [4]
  7. ^ Abbott Takes Over Reins of Steeplechase Association, The Blood-Horse, January 23, 2007