With the arrival of fall comes the return of the time-honored tradition of the Blessing of the Hounds. The tradition, which dates back centuries, signifies the start of the formal season for The Hillsboro Hounds, when masters trade their tweed suits for scarlet jackets and head out to the countryside. The group held their ceremony on a crisp autumn morning at Time Out Farm in Giles County. They concluded the festivities with a beautiful al fresco lunch to toast another season of sport and camaraderie.