Passion and Love of Sport Unite Young Foxhunters During International Foxhunting Exchange

USPC LedburyUSPC members with the Ledbury HuntFor most people, the vacation of a lifetime would take place somewhere warm; perhaps with a sandy beach, turquoise waters and palm trees. For me, my vacation of a lifetime took place in an area known for its cold, wet seasons and muddy fields. Instead of a comfortable lounging chair by the water, I was on the back of a horse. And instead of swimming with dolphins or touring the local attractions, I was galloping behind a pack of foxhounds. All of this because instead of Bali or Mexico or the Caribbean, where most "normal" people choose to spend their vacation, I was in England, riding with distinguished hunts such as the Bicester with Whaddon Chase, the Vale of the White Horse, and the Ledbury. 

US Pony Clubs Announces International Foxhunting Exchange Participants

The International Foxhunting Exchange is USPC Foxhunting Exchangean invitational cultural exchange between Pony Club members from Ireland, United States and Great Britain.

The Exchange is all about meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and having a wonderful time with new Pony Club friends. While
the cultural portion of the Exchange is a primary focus, riding and Foxhunting are involved. The Hunting will be across the country, with a variety of hunts, all recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association. In addition to hunting, there will be planned trips for sightseeing, kennel tours and many opportunities to socialize.
Team members for all Pony Club International Exchanges are selected through an application process, based on numerous specific questions about their involvement in Pony Club, educational goals, riding experience and Ambassadorship. In addition they submit a video of their riding on the flat and over fences.

For Love of the Sport

Ashleigh and D2 croppedThree years ago, I never thought I would be galloping through open fields, flying over coops, watching the hounds, or saying, “tally ho!” when I saw a fox. But now, I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m always planning the next time I can go foxhunting. I read foxhunting books, draw foxhunting pictures, and decorate my room with hunting décor. I have found what I want to do for the rest of my life.

When I turn 17 this December, I will have been riding for 10 years. Up until I tried foxhunting, I did mainly hunters and jumpers with a little eventing here and there. A couple of years ago when I decided I wanted to get serious with my riding, I needed to choose one of the two disciplines to focus on: hunters and jumpers or eventing. It was a real struggle for me to decide which one—both had positives and negatives in my eyes. After a while of contemplation, I finally chose hunters and jumpers as my focus. I love to go to shows and compete, but I got to thinking, is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?

Who Says You Have to Ride Fast to be Part of the Action?

Dianna Romanick photoDianna Romanick photoThe Moingona Hunt of Iowa-Kansas hosted its Annual Invitational Hunt on the weekend of September 22-23, 2012, with the Sunday hunt being dedicated to the Pony Clubs of Iowa.

Members from three clubs, Prairie Jumpers, Silver Bits, and the Timber Ridge Pony Club, arrived on Saturday at the home of MFH Tommy and Jessica Ghrist in southern Iowa. After settling in they were treated to an afternoon trail ride through hunt country to get a feel for what they could expect on Sunday.

Temperatures dipped to near freezing Saturday night which offered spectacular hunting conditions for Sunday morning: crisp, cool, and no wind, which is something we have not seen in many months.

Proper Preparation Promotes Peak Performance

Juniors in_hunt_field_2A smartly turned out junior member who is capable and skilled in the hunt field makes any hunt proud.  The Tennessee Valley Hunt loves it when a hunior grows up foxhunting with us. There are several adults who are hunting with us now that started out years ago as juniors. They are now valuable members of our hunt, ready to teach or encourage any young or old new member. 

TVH Junior Maggie Vick. Photo by Gretchen Pelham.

 

Foxhunting has a long tradition with Pony Club.  Many of the skills learned in Pony Club are the exact riding skills needed to ride in a hunt safely with maximum fun.  The local pony clubs are encouraged to hunt with TVH as often as they can.

Taylor Tops World in Games Championships

What do foxhunting kids do in the off-season? If you are Mackenzie Taylor, you spend it vaulting, weaving, popping Mackenzie taylorFleet on her feet, Mackenzie Taylor is 17 & Under World Games Champion. Photo by J. Ryan Crowley.balloons and dropping socks from the back of your pony, travelling all over the eastern half of the United States, and then boarding a plane for a few weeks of international competition in the United Kingdom, Australia or other venues in Europe.
Mackenzie is tied very closely to the foxhunting community and the Goshen Hounds, where her father Robert Taylor, MFH is also huntsman. Her mother Kathy Jones Taylor rides regularly to the hounds, and her grandmother, Karen Jones, whips in to Robert. Grandfather Rick Jones, ex-MFH, served Goshen Hounds for 13 years as a Master and additional decades as a whipper-in.

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