James E. Faber

Professional Huntsman in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

James E. Faber

Professional Huntsman in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

I am a Professional Huntsman seeking a new opportunity that will allow me to use my skills, passion, and expertise for the sport in a support role with a hunt club and the MFHA Association.

I discovered my passion for the sport in 1974, and it has led me on an amazing journey. I first started hunting with the Litchfield County Hounds with Sherman Haight and Franklin McColgin as Joint Masters.

In those early years I was working for hardware stores and lumber companies. I was hired by the Marback Hardware Company in NJ, and built their sales territory from $0 to over $1,000,000. While at the time this work did not seem to advance my hunting goals, the sales expertise, business management, and handyman skills I learned have proven invaluable in my career.

During this period I continued to stay involved with hunting, joining the Middlebury Hunt in Connecticutt in 1980. It was during this period that I started working the hunt country, in order to pay my dues.

In 1981 I was asked to whip in to the present huntsman, Keven McGrath. This gentleman did not last as huntsman, and I was asked to carry the horn in 1985 by Mrs. Franklin McColgin, MFH. I hunted the pack as an honorary huntsman until 1987 when I became a professional huntsman for Middlebury.

In 1987 and 1988 I had the opportunity to make two trips to Ireland, hunting with the Galway, Scarteen, Limerick, County Clair and the Muskerry Hunts. This was an incredible learning experience.

I hunted Middlebury's pack until 1995. At this time I took a position with the Yadkin Valley Hounds. I became their first professional huntsman hunting a pack of crossbred hounds. I took charge of landowner relations, expanding our hunting country by over six thousand acres - crossing fords and marshes never hunted before. I became Junior Master in 1997 for Yadkin Valley and continued to expand the clout of the club and our hunting territory.

In 2000 I was asked by John Jeffers to judge the Western Challenge along with Tony Leahy and John Ike, traveling from Georgia to California. In 2000 I also made another change in my career, taking on the position of professional huntsman for the Marlborough Hunt Club in Maryland, hunting a pack of Penn Marydels. I have now been with Marlborough for seventeen seasons.

I serve as President of the Friends of the Penn Marydel and am an active member of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. I am passionate about all the aspects of hunting - and building a strong and lasting legacy for the sport.