MFH & STAFF
David Smith, MFH
David Smith has been a Master since 2004 and has been whipping-in to WRFH prior to that, since 1996. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, David started hunting with Camden in 1970. He also whipped in to The Mells for 7 years. David started playing polo in 1970 and is currently a member of the Aiken Polo Club.
Frederica 'Freddy' Davis, MFH
Freddy grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and saw the Rolling Rock Hounds perform at the steeplechase, never thinking that someday her first hunt would be with them behind a young Irish huntsman, Joseph Hardiman. She has led first flight at WRFH for four years and was appointed a master in 2016. Her addiction to hunting has gone hand in hand with her love of Connemaras. Freddy spent over 20 years as a Pony Club DC. She is a past Board member of Great Oaks Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center.
Barbara Nelson, MFH
Originally from Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, Barbara has been a Whipper-in and Field Master and was appointed Joint Master in 2012. She is currently CEO and President of the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare (formerly the Aiken SPCA), a former Chairwoman of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission, a former Board Member of the Minneapolis Humane Society, and has been a member of the Board of the SPCA here in Aiken since 2005. Barbara competes in show jumping with her home bred Selle Francais/Hanoverian mare, Peaches and Derby and Hunter Trials with her Hanoverian gelding Schnapps. She is a Sculptor and Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, having received numerous awards and honors for her work which is in private collections and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Mr. Joseph Hardiman, Huntsman
Joseph Hardiman grew up in County Galway, Ireland where he hunted with the Galway Blazers, a hardcore hunt renowned for fast galloping and fearless jumping. Upon coming to the United States in 1984, he worked at two different jobs before he became a whipper-in at the Rolling Rock Hunt, and was quickly hired to be the huntsman. Joseph met and married his wife, Kim, during his 14 years at Rolling Rock. Joseph, with his wife and daughters, Caitlin and Shannon, was the huntsman with the Chagrin Valley Hunt for six years before coming to Aiken.
Mrs. Kim Hardiman, Whipper-In
Kim is originally from Ligonier, PA. She comes from a horse family background, including foxhunting and steeplechase racing. She met Joseph at the Rolling Rock Hunt, where she was a professional whipper-in for 14 yrs. and has also whipped-in to the Chagrin Valley Hunt in Ohio. She has been hunting with Joseph for more than 26 seasons. Along with being a hunting wife and mother, Kim is also a registered nurse, and in her spare time, enjoys golf.