Meet Hootie, the Snowman of the JNAFHC

Carissa Duncan and Hootie. Photo by Leslie Ballenger.

Live Oak's Hootie, a paint horse who is barely more than 15 hands, proved to be the Snowman of the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships in Lexington, Kentucky last month. Snowman, the bedraggled gray horse saved from slaughter and ridden to international fame by Harry deLeyer, went on to achieve stardom as a stadium jumper, clearing more than 6 feet under saddle. There is a movie featuring his story in theaters today. 

Juniors Enjoy Championship Weekend in the Bluegrass

Junior foxhunters from 13 states descended upon Lexington, Kentucky last weekend for three days of hunting, competing, sight-seeing, camaraderie, and making new friends at the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships (JNAFHC). Organized by Marion Chungo and Michelle Arnold, and hosted by MFHA President Jack van Nagell, his wife, Betsy, and the Iroquois Hunt, this year's version of the popular contest added a touch of racing glamor to its official events.

Young Riders Impress Judges at Camargo JNAFHC Qualifier

Excitement is building across the country for the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships on October 23 in Lexington, Kentucky. Aspiring competitors at the Qualifier hosted by Camargo Hunt (KY) had a special experience: Camargo huntsman, Danny Kerr, and visiting Green Creek Hunt (NC) huntsman, Tot Goodwin, combined their packs for a total of 25 couple challenging the young riders to keep up! At the end of an exciting day, nine juniors received the green rosettes signifying they had earned a place at the Championships.

A Leash of Questions with New Market-Middletown Valley Juniors

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.

Get Ready for the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships

Young riders, mark your calendars: The 2016 Junior North American Field Hunter Championships (JNAFHC) are right around the corner! The first qualifying meets take place next month (see developing schedule below), and the finals will be held on Sunday, October 23rd. This promises to be a big year for the JNAFHC. The number of qualifying meets has grown to 27, including five new states, which will allow an increasing number of juniors to participate in the expanded program.

Smithtown Hunt Visits Long Island Boy and Girl Scouts

Nearly 50 Boy and Girl Scouts enjoyed a presentation by members Christa Duva, Craig Boehner and Cathy Springer on August 9, 2016 at the Schiff Boy Scout Camp in Wading River, New York.

After a brief history of hunting on Long Island and the organization of Smithtown Hunt, scouts offered questions concerning hounds and scent hunting.

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