Myopia Hunt's Susanna Colloredo-Mansfeld Receives District Conservation Award

The MFHA Foundation created the District Conservation Awards to recognize outstanding conservation efforts and to inspire future land preservation among members of the foxhunting community. This year's recipient for the New England region is Susanna Colloredo-Mansfeld of Myopia Hunt (MA). Terence Hook, MFH, Green Mountain Hounds (VT) and the New England representative to the MFHA board, surprised her with the award at the recent all-New England hunts meet north of Boston. She received an engraved silver julep cup and a one-year subscription to Covertside.

Show and Field Hunter "Finding Dory" Exemplifies Morgan Versatility

Growing up, I rode both hunt seat and saddleseat in equal amounts. My grandmother has a small farm that my mother and I would go to several days a week to work our hunters we used for foxhunting. We often found inexpensive projects to transform and find a new career with someone else, so many breeds came through the barn, teaching me the different talents and abilities of each. At the same time, I was traveling three and a half hours away, several times a month, to a Saddlebred barn out of which I was competing. 

Gallery: Green Spring Valley Hounds' 125th Opening Meet

On November 11, Green Spring Valley Hounds celebrated their 125th Opening Meet with a fantastic day in the field, followed by an entertaining party. Hounds moved off with huntsman Ashley Hubbard from their kennels in Glyndon, Maryland, before a large crowd of spectators from the local community. The celebration that evening included a musical performance by a number of gentlemen, a.k.a. "the Dog Pack," appropriately attired to sing a customized version of "YMCA" by the Village People. The new lyrics played on the letters "GSVH" and saluted the Masters and staff, among others.

Rita Mae Brown Surveys History of Hunt Attire at National Sporting Library & Museum

On October 10, the National Sporting Library & Museum hosted "Cover Your Parts," a lively talk by celebrated author and Oak Ridge Fox Hunt Club (VA) Master Rita Mae Brown. Including images from centuries of sporting art, her presentation followed the practical and cultural origins of the habits worn in the field today. Brown, author of the "Sister" Jane Arnold and Sneaky Pie Brown mystery series, punctuated her remarks with anecdotes from both ancient history (Herodotus) and more recent times (her mother), much to the delight of more than 60 attendees.

Land Trust of Virginia Honored by Scenic Virginia

In September, the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV), a nonprofit holding easements across many hunt countries, was bestowed the 2017 Scenic Vistas and Lands Preservation Award by Scenic Virginia. The annual awards were presented at the Scenic Awards Gala Reception and Ceremony held at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. “Our work has played a part in preserving the pastoral landscapes and vistas that nourish all of us,” commented LTV Board Chairman Chris Dematatis. “It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts and it is a tribute to the hard work of the many professionals and volunteers that have built LTV into the organization that it is today.”

Misty Morning Hounds Come Through Hurricane Irma Intact

Our article on the southern hunts affected by Hurricane Irma was a popular item in last week's eCovertside. More recently, we received this positive update from another pack - albeit with some dramatic photographs. Master Alexis Macauley reports: "Misty Morning Hounds are alive and well in Gainesville, Florida. Lots of flooding and debris, but all horses and hounds and structures are fine. We lost several live oak trees.

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