Marocha and Me

Marocha and LuLuSpencer Moore photoI was four years old and I was dreaming of seeing this big black and white horse with me on its back. I knew when I opened my eyes that morning I was going to have fun.  I was saying the whole car ride there,”Are we there yet?”The moment I was about to explode we pulled into this dirt road with an old swing set and white house with the paint chipping off of it. It didn’t seem the slightest bit welcoming but you could hear the cows mooing and the hens clucking.
“This is Windswept Farm, LuLu," my dad said. 

St. James Pony Clubbers Take to the Field

St James PC 1Michelle Larsen photoOn a sleeting windy November morning the cast and crew of St. James Pony Club saddled up in ratcatcher attire at Richardson Farms in Wayne, Illinois to learn how to fox hunt. Atop their steeds 17 Pony Clubbers enthusiastically gathered at the stone wall fence near the windmill pasture waiting to learn about the sport of foxhunting -- new to most of them. Art Richardson, having grown up foxhunting from a young age, shared his knowledge with the young riders; how to be safe, the terminology, what to look for when riding on various terrain and on how to be courteous to both horse and fellow riders.

Meet the Incredible Super Cricket

Cricket and ValentineMy name is Madeline Hartwell and I am the huntsman Eleanor Hartwell's daughter. We hunt with the Bridlespur Hunt.

I want to tell everyone about my pony Super Cricket. He is a little red roan pony that jumps anything, even if he can't see over it. He is twins with another pony in A field named Valentine, who is ridden by my friend Caitlyn Wright. We love to jump and race each other and we also collect Breyer horses. We got Cricket from a place that used him as a show pony and a lesson pony. Unfourtunately for his old owners, he got too strong for the ring and was sent to us! I now hunt him almost every Saturday wih Caitlyn and all of the amazing people of Bridlespur!

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Super Cricket

 

Everyone is a Child on Their First Opening Day

Nov 13 Kids opening aTwo new foxhunters joined our ranks on Opening Day 2013 with the New Market - Middletown Valley Hounds. Henry Nylen, 10, and Brian Childs, four decades his senior, formally opened their hunting careers with this meet. Seeing the day through their eyes brings a fresh perspective to hunting veterans.

Brian has had a lifelong fascination with hunting, culture, and rode a bit as a child. As a Washington insider, he grew to know many foxhunting enthusiasts, but never took the time to ride or to engage in the sport. After following hounds during opening meet a year ago in the back of a pickup truck, he decided to pursue this dream.

US Pony Clubs Festival 2014: Is Your Hunt Involved?

USPCbluelogoforwebTypically held every three years, the Pony Club Festival is a week-long celebration of Pony Club that brings together more than 4,000 Pony Club members (and their families) from across the country. Its purpose is to provide a National Championships competition combined with a unique educational learning experience.

Mark your calendars for July 14 - 21, 2014, and plan your route to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY!

Sponsorship Opportunities abound: Click here for more information.

The future of our sport depends on junior involvement today! Get involved and pass on the traditions of hunting to the next generation.

Blue Mountain Pony Club Triumphant in National Challenge

Blue Mt PCMaryann Cully photoThe Blue Mountain Pony Club recently won 1st place in the national “Live Oak Hounds 2013 Foxhunting Challenge”. The club was awarded $3,500 for their efforts. The winners are chosen based on the United States Pony Club that has the highest percentage of active members participating in the challenge. The rules dictate that first time mounted foxhunters must actively hunt a minimum of three times and seasoned hunters must hunt a minimum of six times during the season.

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