Hounds in Full Cry Bring Ashleigh Dove Home

When Ashleigh Dove entered high school at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, she discovered the upper classmen were going foxhunting and wanted to give it a try. It wasn’t until her sophomore year that she finally got the chance, and the experience set her on the path of a lifelong passion.

“I’m pretty sure I cried when they said they would let me go. I don’t know why. I was just ecstatic,” Ashleigh said.

Her first day in the field with the Middleburg Hunt was rainy and cold. Laurie Feickert, Riding Instructor at Foxcroft, thought Ashleigh might be disappointed. She was wrong.

A Young Eventer Gets Caught Up in Hunting

Mikensey Johansen of Hamilton, Georgia thought she would go hunting just once, but she ended up getting hooked.

Carden Burdette, an active member of the Midland Fox Hounds and fellow student of Werner Geven, tried to convince Mikensey, who is a competitive eventer, to come try following hounds.

“I was 12 competing Beginner Novice and I had no interest [in hunting],” Mikensey said. “When I was in Pony Club I did a few junior hunts, but we never actually hunted. As a 10-year-old I thought that was all we did.”

Sister Act: The Boucher Twins Know How to Have Fun in the Field

Fraternal twins Mary and Mell Boucher are 12 years old, and while they don’t look exactly alike, they share the same passion for foxhunting.

Mary and Mell were introduced to foxhunting as youngsters. Their mom, steeplechase trainer Lilith Boucher, and dad Richard, a jockey, would take the kids to meets on the lead line as 3- and 4-year-olds. Sometimes they rode double bareback to see the hounds off.

At six they started foxhunting on ponies, but with low expectations, Lilith said. “When your parents are in the business, they don’t start out for the love of it, but because it’s a chance to spend time with you,” she said. “We’re so lucky in our hunts they have a third field, which is great to take the children on.”

They still hunt on ponies that they also ride in horse shows on the Camden Equestrian Circuit in South Carolina. Mell rides a 14.2-hand Appaloosa named Root Beer Float. “I love him to death. He’s really amazing. He’ll jump whatever you point him at,” she said.

Ottawa Valley's Carmen Powell Excels in and Out of the Saddle

carmen boyHeather Swan photo“She is a very accomplished young lady, if I do say so myself,” Vicki Powell said of her daughter, Carmen.

At 15 years old, Carmen Powell is a junior whipper-in to the Ottawa Valley Hunt in Canada, hunts her two horses at least twice a week and participates in working and showing hounds.

“I came to foxhunting through one of the Ottawa Valley Hunt’s hunter paces,” said Carmen, who got her first pony at age 10. “It’s always a well-attended event where anyone with a horse can come and ride marked trails across the hunt territory.

“I was excited to take my Quarter Horse, Boy, to the event. We both had so much fun that when I found out I could join a real live hunt as a junior, I leapt at the opportunity!”

At their first hunt in fall 2013, Carmen and Boy spent the hours trying not to pass the second flight field master.
“The next hunt the Master politely kicked me out of second field and into first. I never looked back. By then I was hopelessly in love with foxhunting,” Carmen said.

Old Dominion Dominates Junior Field Hunter Championships

Connor PoeStephen Vorpahl photoOld Dominion Hounds' siblings Connor and Casey Poe proved to be unbeatable at the 2014 Junior North American Field Hunter Championships, held November 9 and hosted by Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds in Unionville, PA. The panel of judges deemed Connor and  Liberty Bell the winner of the First Field 13 and over division, while his sister, Casey, took top call in the First Field 12 and under group riding Mickey Mouse. Lilia Sharp of Blue Ridge Hunt won the Hilltopper championship aboard Conway Cymbel.

2014 marks the 12th year of the event, modeled after the North American Field Hunter Championships. The JNAFHC was established in order to emphasize the connection between foxhunting and land preservation and create awareness of this relationship among junior foxhunters.

US Pony Clubs Foxhunting International Exchange Program Applications Now Available

USPCbluelogoforwebBecome a member of the 2015 USPC Foxhunting International Team! Applications for Team Members and for their Coach/Chaperone are available through the International Exchanges page of the USPC website.

Team Member applicants must be between 16 and 25 years of age on January 1, 2015, with a minimum certification of C-3 at time of application. Applicant must be currently hunting with first (jumping) field. Chosen participants Team Member applicants must be between 16 and 25 years of age on January 1, 2015, with a minimum certification of C-3 at time of application. Applicant must be currently hunting with first (jumping) field.

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