Wolcott and Cadbury  win at Virginia Show

Caroline Wolcott and the Aiken Hounds' Cadbury at the Virginia Hounds Show. (Submitted Photo)

A dynamic duo from Aiken distinguished themselves on May 30 at the Virginia Hounds Show at Morven Park at Leesburg, Va., as Caroline Wolcott and the Aiken Hounds' Cadbury were champions in the Junior Handler division ages 11-17. The class featured nearly 30 entries, said Georgianna Conger Wolcott, Caroline's mother. Caroline's parents, Randy Wolcott and Georgianna Conger Wolcott, encouraged their daughter to become involved with showing hounds. "Linda Knox McLean was very influential in getting a number of kids involved with the showing of hounds and fox hunting," said Conger Wolcott. Aiken Hounds huntsmen Katherine Gunter and Mary Taylor Miller worked with the kids who hunt with the Aiken Hounds, teaching the finer points of showing hounds, said Conger Wolcott. Caroline is going to be a Junior Whip for the Aiken Hounds. "Mary Taylor Miller has just about aged out of the junior division," said Conger Wolcott. "Last year, Caroline was showing Gossip, an English Hound who went into heat, so she got Cadbury at the last minute. Cadbury turned out to be a star. He's a crossbred." It was bittersweet for Wolcott and Cadbury as the Aiken Hounds have made the transition to hunting with Penn-Marydel Hounds. Since they are no longer hunting with cross-breds, the Virginia Hounds Show was Cadbury's swan song. It was his last competition, but he was able to go out a winner. Caroline Wolcott and Cadbury won the 11 and under junior handler division at the 2009 Carolinas Hound Show. "He hunted this last season," said Conger Wolcott. "He's been retired and lives with us. It's wonderful because he's a house hound. We put him in the car, drove eight hours to Virginia, and he slept in the back seat. It was a wonderful experience for all of us."