That is how I learned about Bobby's love of fox hunting. He is not your ordinary fox hunter. He has been inducted into the Fox Hunters Fall of Fame. Traveling from Virginia to Louisiana, he judges fox hunts. Sarah commented that he is Master of The Hounds and is in charge of the other judges.
Before talking with Bobby and Sarah I knew very little about fox hunting. I had seen pictures of Jackie Kennedy dressed in a beautiful red jacket riding an equally beautiful horse at a fox hunt. I knew some members of Great Britain's royal family have been fox hunters.
Bobby reminded me that the father of our country, President George Washington, was a fox hunter, too.
I knew fox hunters listen to the dogs running a fox and learn to identify their own dogs by the sound of their barking.
I asked Bobby what a hunter does with a fox after the dogs catch it. The answer was a big surprise. The hunters do not want the dogs to catch the fox. They just want them to chase it.
Bobby grew up in a family of fox hunters. His father, R.J. Cleghorn, a retired Georgia Highway Patrolman, passed his love of the sport to both of his sons.
Bobby got home from the army in September of 1957. Before he arrived, Sarah had found them a place to live in Woodstock. She had already moved them in and everything was in place.
But that first evening in their new home did not go exactly like she had planned. Bobby's brother, Billy, suggested they go fox hunting. Bobby accepted.
In spite of that, they have been married for decades. Joking about it, Sarah said she may divorce him over that yet.
Some of you may remember the acreage in the Woodstock- Acworth-Oak Grove area called the "Thousand Acre Woods." That is where Bobby, Billy and the dogs went that night and many other times. At that time, there were no highways and no houses.
Of course, that is no longer the case. What was the Thousand Acre Woods is now Towne Lake with its houses, offices, stores, movies, restaurants, golf courses, churches, schools, etc.
For years the Cleghorn family lived on Mill Street inside the Woodstock city limits. As well as Kim, there are four sons - David, Jeff, Tom and Ryan. Believe it or not, Bobby had 40 fox hounds. Getting food for them was not a problem. He got the leftovers from both Woodstock Elementary School and Riley Medley's restaurant.
Years ago, a picture of Bobby, Sarah, the children and some of the hounds was on the cover of a national fox hunting magazine. The story they tell about when that picture was taken is hilarious.
They were going somewhere else right afterward. Sarah had to rush to get ready. She hurriedly threw on a Dolly Parton-worthy wig and fancy white boots. Sarah admits she looks like a go-go dancer in that picture.
When the family moved away from Woodstock, they built a beautiful new home in the Salacoa Valley area of Cherokee County. It is located on the property where Sarah and her twin sister, Mary Lou, were born.
Bobby explained that fox hunting in our area is dying out. One reason is because of deer that were brought here. A dog will get the scent of a deer and chase it for miles. The hunter may never see his dog again.
Another reason for the decline of fox hunting is there is so little undeveloped land in Cherokee County. Like the Thousand Acre Woods, much acreage is now covered with streets, highways and subdivisions.
Thus, fox hunters have gotten large tracts of land and put high fences around them. Neither a fox, coyote or dog can go over the fences. Like many of us, Bobby and Sarah are not as young as they used to be. Bobby is not traveling to judge or participate in hunts as often.
Sarah recalls when they were talking about moving to the country they talked about how they would sit on the porch of their new house. Thus far, that has rarely happened.
However, there is hope for the future. And I can guarantee those who sit on the porch with them that they will have a good time. Bobby and Sarah Cleghorn are good, salt of the earth and fun loving people.
Marguerite Cline is a former superintendent of Cherokee County schools and former mayor of Waleska.