Alivia Cotter Celebrates Her Sweet 16 with Hounds

Alivia Cotter celebrates a birthday this month, and she will be spending it with her hunting family, Green Creek Hounds in Tryon, North Carolina, and this won’t be the first time. On her 13th birthday, she was invited to ride up front with MFH Tot Goodwin. For her upcoming sweet 16, the huntsmen have organized a “hound walk party.”

Alivia and her mom found Green Creek through Facebook a few years ago. Alivia had hunted with a friend in Tennessee and, naturally, got hooked and wanted to continue. They drove two hours to a cubbing hunt with Green Creek and never looked back.

“I consider Green Creek Hounds an extended family of mine,” Alivia said. “I’m two hours away from them and everyone has offered their barns and houses overnight. They’ve offered to let Sprinkles stay at the kennels a couple times.”

South Creek Foxhounds Juniors Start Early!

Getting an early start: Sarah Sears, Honorary Huntsman for South Creek Foxhounds (FL), pushed her son, Keller, in the stroller on a hound walk.  How many Huntsman who walk their hounds while pushing their son in a stroller? The pack walked approximately three miles and Keller led the way!

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.

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