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.

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.

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