A group of fox hunters is trying to block the sale of the 77-acre farm that has been home to the Howard County Ironbridge Hunt Club and its hounds for 60 years.
Howard Hunt Properties Inc. plans to sell the land for $1.6 million to Triangle Howard Corp. But seven Howard Hunt shareholders -- including wealthy businessman and former Ambassador Kingdon Gould Jr. -- claim that the board is not authorized to sell the property and that a majority of shareholders has not approved thesale.
The group is seeking an injunction from Howard County Circuit Court to prevent the sale.
The farm, on Route 32 and Triadelphia Road, has been the site of an annual horse show and pony club operation, said E. Alexander Adams, the attorney for the plaintiffs.
Ronald Maher, an attorney and a board member, said that "the board is legallyconstituted" and authorized to execute the sale. He added that more than two-thirds of the shareholders approved the sale.
The hunt club could move, Maher said, adding that foxhunting could continue further west in Howard County.
Judge Raymond J. Kane has refused to issue an immediate injunction. The case will go to trial.
The suit, filed by Gould, his wife, Mary, Adelaide Riggs, C. Olive Goldsmith, Martha Ann Crist, William Bryson and the Howard County Ironbridge Hounds Inc., names as defendants the Howard Hunt Properties board. Board members are Asa Sharp Jr., M. L. Dawson Lee Jr., Wilford C. Wright, Michael Knight, Ronald Maher, Charles Merrick, George Bayless and MarkHandwerk.