Red Mountain Hounds Host Obstacle Course Challenge

On Saturday, June 9, Red Mountain Hounds (NC) hosted an Obstacle Course Challenge fundraiser - and challenging it was! Obstacles included several Tractor Tires, a Tunnel, Bridges of multiple descriptions, Pool Noodles in various configurations, a pit full of crunchy water bottles, and some plastic barrels that had been fashioned into a sled that more closely resembles something that the Flintstones drove around.

Professional Development Program Class Hits the Ground Running

Memorial Day weekend and the Virginia Foxhound Show marked the beginning of a year of education for the MFHA's 2018-2019 Professional Development Program. Under the guidance of Andrew Barclay, the geographically diverse participants were invited to apprentice judge at Morven Park, to tour area kennels, and to get the know the MFHA office and website. Covertside Online will follow the class through the year as they share their new experiences. This month, we asked Clare Marie Pinney of Cedar Knob Hounds (TN), to answer a few questions about her busy initial weekend.

Amwell Valley Hosts New Jersey Inter-Hunt Puppy Show

On April 22, Amwell Valley Hounds (NJ) hosted the New Jersey Inter-Hunt Puppy Show, with entries from New Jersey packs Essex Fox Hounds, Monmouth County Hunt, Spring Valley Hounds, and Windy Hollow Hunt (NY). Graham Buston, Blue Ridge Hunt (VA) huntsman, served as judge. The show has run since 1979 and the participating hunts rotate hosting the competition from year to year. Sixteen classes were pinned, including the Junior Handler division in which a four-year-old earned top honors with Windy Hollow's Farmington Brixton '12.

National Beagle Club's Institute Farm at Aldie is Worth the Trip from Anywhere

Many foxhunters grew up following beagles or bassets, but as increasing numbers come to our sport from suburban or equestrian-only backgrounds, it is important to maintain the close connection between mounted and footpacks. We share appreciation for determined hounds, challenging quarry, devoted staff, pre- and post-hunt camaraderie, and the unspoiled natural landscape. The Institute Farm in Aldie, Virginia - the 500-acre home of the National Beagle Club's headquarters - has been maintained for over a century to promote all of these values. 

"Sounds Like a Symphony:" Middleton Place Hounds Build on a Good Thing

Just a short drive from Charleston, South Carolina's colorful downtown, Middleton Place Hounds offer sport across several thousand acres of inviting country. Named for one of the nearby historic plantations open to visitors, Middleton Place combines foxhunting traditions with 21st century fun - all centered around expert huntsman Willie Dunne's happy, hard-hunting pack. A full schedule of social events, trail rides and hunter paces, plus enthusiastic car and foot followers provides year-round opportunities for everyone to participate.

Hardaway Trophy Carries Special Significance This Year

The Benjamin H. Hardaway III Perpetual Cup is awarded annually at the Virginia Foxhound Show to the winner of the Performance Hound Class. Given in 2000 by Edgar S. "Epp" Wilson, MFH, Belle Meade Hunt (GA), this year will mark the trophy's first presentation since Mr. Hardaway passed away last October. We asked Wilson to share the trophy's origins. - Ed.

Well, it is very symbolic. It came about both over a period of years - and very suddenly. Let’s lay the groundwork. There were three MFH/huntsmen who influenced me a whole lot.

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