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!

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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.

Live Oak Hounds Supports Pony Club with Generous Incentives

USPCbluelogoforwebAugust 1, 2013 (Lexington, KY) - The seventh 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.

 

2013 Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest Winners Announced

USPCbluelogoforwebCongratulations to the winners of the 2013 installment of the US Pony Clubs Hildegard Ritchie Writing Contest!

1st place - Celsie H., C-2 Flat with Middle Tennessee Pony Club Read the winning essay here! 
2nd place - Kathryn C., C-1 Trad with Baywood Pony Club Read here!
3rd place -Ashley A., D-1 with Sandia Creek Ranch Pony Club Riding Center Read here!

Judges were: Nancy Ambrosiano, Linda Hagerman and Mary Pierson.

The annual Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D- or C- Pony Club members. The winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize to be spent on Foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities. Second Place: $100; Third Place $50. The winning entries will be published in Pony Club News and in The Chronicle of the Horse.  Deadline for submissions is May 1. 

Learn more about this and other USPC awards!

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. 

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