A few months ago, we featured a trio of young riders from New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds (MD) responding to our "Leash of Questions," and this month, we have another triumvirate of up-and-coming juniors to highlight. The Masters, staff, and dedicated members who encourage these young people to ride in the field are building a solid foundation for our sport into the future. The MFHA's Fairly Hunted Award, including a certificate, bumper sticker, pin and subscription to Covertside, recognizes children who hunt at least five times each season.

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Lola Grozbean, age 8, earned the Fairly Hunted Award for the first time last season.

1. Who is your favorite hunt horse or pony, and why?

Answer: Pokey is my favorite pony to hunt, because he's the only pony I've hunted and he's AWESOME! [Lola's MFH provides this cute side note: "Lola has hunted at least two other ponies but doesn't remember because she was very young!"]

2. In one sentence, what is your favorite thing about hunting?

Answer: My favorite thing about hunting is cantering through the fields.

3. Getting up super early to go hunting: Do you jump out of bed, or try to roll over for another five minutes?

Answer: Jump out of bed!

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Our next young foxhunter is Josie Grozbean, age 5. Aboard her 35-year-old Shetland pony, Seabiscuit, Josie attended three meets last season, staying out each time until hounds came in. She aspires to earn the Fairly Hunted Award, and then some, this season.

1. Who is your favorite hunt horse or pony, and why?

Answer: Biscuit is my favorite hunt pony because I love her.

2. In one sentence, what is your favorite thing about hunting?

Answer: My favorite thing about hunting is riding Biscuit.

3. Getting up super early to go hunting: Do you jump out of bed, or try to roll over for another five minutes?

Answer: Jump out of bed.

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Rounding out the trio from New Market-Middletown Valley is Henry Nylen, age 13. Henry has already earned the Fairly Hunted Award three times!

1. Who is your favorite hunt horse or pony, and why?

Answer: Cassie because she is a great hunt pony and she is very good for me out in the field.

2. In one sentence, what is your favorite thing about hunting?

Answer: The thrill of the chase.

3. Getting up super early to go hunting: Do you jump out of bed, or try to roll over for another five minutes?

Answer: I am normally very excited when it's early because I can't wait to get hunting.

Many thanks to Grace Pariso, MFH, for contributing information about these accomplished young riders. New Market- Middletown Valley's kennels are located in Middletown, Maryland, and their country includes portions of western Maryland and West Virginia. For more information about the MFHA's Fairly Hunted Award, click here.

 

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