The Thanksgiving morning tradition continued Thursday as the Moore County Hounds gathered on Buchan Field in Southern Pines as they have done since 1914.

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Hundreds of spectators gathered to see dozens of huntsman in formal red and black riding coats and white pants accompanied by scores of hounds enter the field.

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Then, Reverend Dr. John Jacobs from The Village Chapel blessed the hounds in a centuries-old tradition before the hounds dashed off into the woods, followed by riders on a mock fox hunt.

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Sandhills_Sentinel~Article and photos by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter John Patota.

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