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.

2014 Live Oak Hounds US Pony Clubs Foxhunting Challenge Winners Announced

USPCbluelogoforwebMay 12, 2014 (Lexington, KY) - The eighth annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA. The Award is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. $10,000 in awards will go to the top six Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting.

My First Foxhunt

Olivia FavrettoClaudia Favretto photoThis picture is of me on my pony, Jelly Bean, half way through my first hunt at our farm in Dunham Quebec.

My mother and I had just come out of the woods, and my father was standing, waiting for us. He looked very happy to see that I was in one piece! He gave me a little kiss because he was so proud of me.

My father, Maurizio Favretti, is a master with the Montreal Hunt Club, but he wasn’t riding that day because he had four broken ribs from a bad fall while out hunting.

I was nervous at first, but then I really enjoyed myself. My pony is so much fun. I felt very proud at the end of the hunt, and I cant wait to go again!

Walking Drakko and Drastic

Drakko and DrasticAmy Higgins photoImagine two adorable hound pups. Imagine your ten year old daughter is asked if she would like to take them home for a while. Imagine saying “No”.

Impossible! My daughter Lucy and I were delighted and honored to be asked to take care of two hound puppies. We knew nothing about these pups; not their age, gender or even how long we might have them in our possession but nonetheless we agreed to the task. Even though we could not pick them up for a couple of weeks, we felt this would give us plenty of time to prepare a new home for them.

A Hunting We Will Go!

Alivia CotterIt’s 5 am and I arrive at the barn. The fog is rolling off the creek, and the birds are beginning their songs. We walk into the barn and all the ponies are vocal and excited to see me. As they nicker, mom does the morning feeding and dad hooks up the trailer while I get the greatest hunt pony alive ready for our adventure. It’s hunt day and we are eager to see the hounds.

We have a long two and a half hour drive ahead of us.  As we head over the mountains I think about my first foxhunting experience on my 12 hand POA.   I became addicted immediately. I think about my hunt family and, I wonder how many of my friends will join me today. I think of the hounds and hope that Bob, my favorite hound, will make a good showing. But most of all, I think of my pony Sprinkles. She is a 14 Hand Registered POA and I have owned her for 4 years. I reminisce about how I trained her, our ups and downs over the years. I smile as I remember all of the grand adventures we have been on. Such as our success in the show ring, the pony race at the Block House steeplechase. And finally, discovering and becoming members of the greatest hunt club ever, Green Creek Hounds. I remember past hunts and the thrill of racing across fields and jumping as we follow 85 speaking hounds. By the time I reach the fixture, I am eager to see what adventures await us.

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