A Leash of Questions with New Market - Middletown Valley Juniors

Three young riders from New Market - Middletown Valley Hounds (MD) shared details about their hunting experiences, favorite mounts, and answered questions for our continuing series about young people who have earned the MFHA's Fairly Hunted Award. Masters may nominate junior riders (under age 18) who participate in at least five hunts per season. Qualified children receive a pin and certificate and a year's subscription to Covertside.  These young women are also members of Frederick Pony Club.

A Leash of Questions With Polly White, Myopia Hunt Club

Polly White. Susan Decker photo.

The Masters of Foxhounds Association presents the Fairly Hunted Award to riders under age 18 who participate in at least five hunts per season. Qualified children, nominated by their Masters, receive a pin and certificate and a year's subscription to Covertside. This series profiles recipients and asks them to answer three hunt-related questions (in hunting terminology, a "leash" refers to three foxes). Polly White, 12, of Myopia Hunt (MA) is our first featured junior.

Brady Cully Remains Focused on Hunting

At 13, Brady Cully has more experience riding to hounds than most foxhunters his age. His family breeds and raises hounds for the Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt, for which his dad Sean is the master. Brady began hunting around six-years-old, and he hasn’t missed a single weekend of hunting nor a day of school ever since.

The kennels are at the Cullys’ farm, so the entire family, Brady, Sean, his mom Maryann, and his 10-year-old sister help out on the farm taking care of the hounds and the horses. They are a close family, bonded by their love of the animals and the many years of labor they have put into building their foxhunting club from the ground up.

Mother-Daughter Team Tally Ho Together

Seventeen-year-old Morgan Gracey and her mom, Christine, can often be found hunting together on two Appaloosas, who also happen to be related. Marty, the dam, was one of Morgan’s first regular hunting mounts when she was a pre-teen. Marty’s offspring, Pride, doubles as Morgan’s hunting and eventing horse.

“Hunting with mom is nice because we can both ride together. We pull up to the hunts and get out of the truck and everyone says ‘Good morning, Graceys!” Morgan said. “With eventing, mom is more grooming for me and helping me out. She did her first event this year and I was her groom!”

Junior North American Field Hunter Championships Expands for 2015

The 2015 edition of the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships (JNAFHC) has experienced tremendous and exciting growth with the addition of four new qualifying meets for the November 8 finals, hosted by Old Dominion Hounds in Hume, VA.

Newly added qualifying meets will be hosted by Belle Meade Hunt (GA), Long Run Hounds (KY), Woodford Hounds (KY), and Iroquois Hunt (KY). Returning hunts include the Virginia packs of Orange County Hounds, Deep Run Hunt, Loudoun Fairfax Hunt, Piedmont Fox Hounds, and Bull Run Hunt, as well as Maryland’s New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds, Elkridge-Harford Hunt, and Potomac Hunt, and Cheshire Hunt, Radnor Hunt, and Andrews Bridge Foxhounds will host meets in Pennsylvania.

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