A Leash of Questions with Sarah and Jack Leannarda

"I love hearing the hounds' music and watching them pop out of the soybeans!" Sarah and Jack Leannarda have been hunting in Maryland with their father and mother, Leslie Deering, since they were seven and five years old. They are the latest recipients of the MFHA's Fairly Hunted Award, recognizing juniors who regularly follow hounds, to answer our Leash of Questions.

U.S. Pony Clubs Honor Hardaway, Ambrosiano with Founders' Awards

The U.S. Pony Clubs (USPC) established the Founders' Awards to honor its most worthy volunteers. Recipients will have made a significant contribution to Pony Club at the Local or Regional and National Levels over a period of twenty years or more. At this year's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, two outstanding foxhunters were among the five recipients: Ben Hardaway, MFH Midland Fox Hounds (GA) and Nancy Ambrosiano of Caza Ladron (NM).

A Leash of Questions with Madeline Mostrom, Green Creek Hounds

"I love to hear the sound of the hounds!" Madeline Mostrom, 10, is a member of Green Creek Hounds (NC), and loves hunting as often as possible with her mother, Anna Featherston Mostrom. Together, they enjoy riding and following hounds at home and on the road. Madeline - who leased this correspondent's pony for the Farmington Hunt (VA) Thanksgiving meet - is the latest young foxhunter to tackle our Leash of Questions.

A Leash of Questions with Madison Staiano, South Creek Foxhounds

Madison Staiano, 10. Jennifer Staiano photo.

"I get out of bed with excitement and joy!" So Madison Staiano, age 10, describes her feelings each hunt morning. She began riding for the show ring, and her first hunt was at South Creek Foxhounds' (FL) Opening Meet on her versatile small pony hunter, Mighty Mouse. Although it was a quiet day, she was instantly hooked. Madison's mentor, Marylu Gallagher, member and past professional whipper-in, has taught her the traditional rules of foxhunting, and Madison has fallen in love with the sport and hopes to always be involved with riding to hounds.

Middleburg Puppies Visit Foxcroft Students Before Final Exams

College-age readers and their parents may be aware of the latest trend in relieving the stress of final exams: Sleep-deprived students taking time out to play, pet, and generally relax with visiting dogs on campus. Gina B. Finn, Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Foxcroft School, heard about this canine study-break therapy, and figured it would benefit girls at the independent secondary school in Middleburg, Virginia, too - so she contacted Middleburg Hunt (VA).

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.

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