autumn the fanciers of Borzoi go hunting at their friends’
region. Those places are charming: endless fields are all
around like a sea – it’s Russia!
place is right next to the Bolshoe Boldino village where the
great Russian poet A. Pushkin used to live and write. At those
times there was an estate of Yermolovs whose name was
well-known all around Russia. One of them N. P. Yermolov was a
good hunter of the second half of the nineteenth century. He
contributed a lot to making the Borzoi being the author of the
first standard for the breed. Which is still called “Yermolovsky”.
the village where we usually stay there is a horse-breeding
farm with many horses bred there. So, those who can ride a
horse hunt on horses. Hunters from the whole region come to
the field testing that the Borzoi section of the Nizhny
Novgorod hunting breeding club organises every year. The local
hunters also have Borzois. They are mostly young, Though
experienced in working with dogs. All dogs are well-trained by
always being in a field. Our good friend Petr Polyachkov, at
whose place we stayed there, works at the horse-breeding farm
and when he goes in the fields for training horses he also
takes his four Borzois with him.
people come hunting there: doctors and entrepreneurs,
journalists and artists. Yuri Adrianov, a poet from Nizhny
Novgorod is a frequent guest there. These travels often
inspire him for writing poetry.
weather, fields full of feather, well-trained dogs, exciting
hare-hunting, - all that makes good mood for all the
participants of the tests. Nobody feels tired even having
walked a couple tens kilometres.
jump one after another. Jump! And dogs already follow him, he
goes to the bushes, they don’t let him hide, make him return
to the field and after a two or three tries they catch him.
Such a great hunt! Not only the owners of the dogs that caught
the hare are happy but everyone. Such things you’ll never
two days of hunting three hares have been caught though about
twenty jumped – that is greycing …
Only a well-trained and experienced dog can catch a
hare. There are no wounded games in this kind of hunting -
either the dogs catch the hare or he escapes.
finally the days of hunting are over. The hunters go home, but
soon they again will come to this hospitable corner of the
world, to this picturesque place where hares grow and where
Russian people breed excellent Borzois. Good bye, friends!….
Chairperson of the Novgorod hunting breeding club
special correspondent of
“Photo ITAR TASS”