Every Hunt Needs a Henry

Junior hunters often find their way to the field through family members or friends who hunt, but 12-year-old Henry Nylen paved his own way. He is a staple with the New-Market Middletown Valley Hounds in Maryland, and with two years of hunting behind him, young Henry looks to a future career with hounds.

“I love everything about the sport,” Henry said. “I like the speed and I like observing the hounds. I like seeing what the hounds are doing, which hound is speaking the loudest and what kind of voice the hound has.”

Henry started taking riding lessons at age 4 and had progressed to cantering and jumping when his instructor suggested he might enjoy hunting. His parents got information about the local hunt and after a season of cubbing Henry decided this was the sport for him.

Brooklyn Currier's Only Hobby is Hunting

Brooklyn Currier and her 15-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse mare Callie have done everything together. They have ridden in gymkhanas, horse trials, 4-H shows, and the mare is even teaching Brooklyn’s mom to ride. Five years ago they added another feather to their cap by joining the hunt.

Brooklyn’s trainer had started foxhunting and took Callie out to see how she would do. “My trainer rode her that one time and said ‘Okay, this horse is perfect. You have to go foxhunting,’” Brooklyn said. “I tagged along one time and never stopped.”

Now 17, Brooklyn and Callie are regulars with Vermont’s Green Mountain Hounds, where she has made many new friends and made her mark on the field. She was awarded Fairly Hunted in 2014.

“Callie loves going out. She loves watching the hounds work and loves the whole get up and go excitement,” Brooklyn said. “I like the open fields. I like jumping...who doesn’t like jumping? The best part about watching the hounds work is when they all scatter and work together to find the scent. The thing that keeps me foxhunting is the friendly atmosphere that our group gives and the thrill of the chase!"

Brooklyn rides in a ring at home, so going foxhunting is like taking a vacation. “In the fall it’s beautiful because sometimes we go through woods and you see the beautiful scenery and the leaves turning. It’s gorgeous.”

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.”

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