PATRICIA SMITH: Continuing Family Traditions
Cameron Slade is the great-niece of the late Ginnie Moss and the daughter of Tayloe Compton of Southern Pines. Cameron is in her fourth year as a joint Master of the Moore County Hounds, carrying on the tradition started by Ginnie and Pappy Moss in the 1940s.
Since Ginnie Moss' death in 2006 at the age of 96, Cameron has enthusiastically carried on the duties of Master. She splits her time between Charlotte and Southern Pines so that she can hunt on weekends with the Moore County Hounds.
I thought readers might like to know a little more about Cameron, so I invited her to be part of the amateur profile series.
Profession: Vice President of Retail Sales for the Charlotte Region of Kraft Foods. The Charlotte region encompasses the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, plus parts of Tennessee and Georgia. Cameron joined Kraft Foods in May 1988 as a sales representative.
Where did you grow up? Cameron was born in Savannah, Ga., in the late 1960s and grew up with horses. She spent vacations in Southern Pines and began foxhunting with the Moore County Hounds at the age of 6. Between vacations to Southern Pines, Cameron's father, Tayloe Compton, took her hunting with the Middleton Place Hounds in Charleston, S.C. When Cameron was a teenager, her father retired and moved the family to Southern Pines. Cameron graduated from The O'Neal School in 1984, and later from UNCChapel Hill with a degree in business. She was on the equestrian team at UNC.
Equestrian discipline: Foxhunting and trail riding.
How many horses do you own? Four.
Proudest accomplishment: "I try to live by the Golden Rule: Treat other people as you would like to be treated. I'm also very proud of being able to continue the tradition of foxhunting here. I am only the 10th Master of the Moore County Hounds since 1911.
Person or persons who had the most influence on your riding: "My grandmother, Sarah Stillwell, and my great-aunt, Ginnie Moss. They supported me with whatever riding adventures I wanted to pursue."
Best horse ever owned and why? "I don't like to compare horses. They all have their great points. I love them all."
Competition goal: "To have a good time and enjoy the day. I hope everyone else does, too."
Competing with horses: "The Hunter Trials is usually the only competition I take part in." Cameron will be riding three horses in this year's Hunter Trials, including Prompt Surprise. Prompt Surprise, nicknamed Ray, was a gift from Ginnie Moss to Cameron. Ray was the overall Hunter Champion of the 2007 Hunter Trials.
If you could ride with anyone in the world, who would it be? "It would be a lot of fun to ride with my Dad again. He rode with me a lot when I was young. He has retired from riding."
Dogs or cats: A Labrador named Molly and a cat named Domino. "I also visit the hounds at the kennel in the summer."
Hobbies: "Traveling and gardening (when it's not hunt season)." Cameron has hunted around the world, including in Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland with a total of over 50 different hunts.
Future goals: "I want to carry on the tradition of breeding the best foxhounds for our terrain and quarry, and providing first-class hunting for people who hunt with the Moore County Hounds. I also want to continue the conservation of the great longleaf pine forest we have here -- great hounds, great sport and stewardship of the land."
Patricia Smith can be reached at email@example.com
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