Junior Profile: Andrew Looney, 16, Piedmont Fox Hounds

Middleburg Academy student, Andrew Looney, has been hunting steadily since elementary school. The 16 year old now spends as much time as he can assisting Piedmont Fox Hounds' (VA) huntsman, Jordan Hicks. "Andrew is a great young man and a hard worker," said Hicks. "He works with me in the kennels and helps with the trails and paneling in the summer." The excellent student and top lacrosse player answered a few questions about his path to working and riding with staff.

Woodbrook Hunt Member Wins Silver Medal at USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge

Woodbrook Hunt Club (WA) and Briarwood Pony Club member Kathryn Craig, 20, recently traveled to Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio to compete in the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals. She earned the overall Silver Medal and the High Point Practicum Award.

She describes the competition, how she prepared, and how her Pony Club and hunting background was an asset.

Foxcroft School Welcomes Middleburg Hunt

Foxcroft School, an independent girls' boarding and day school in Middleburg, Virginia, hosted Middleburg Hunt on campus the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This traditional meet, followed by a hunt breakfast for alumnae, parents, faculty, students and neighbors, celebrates the connections between the school and Middleburg Hunt. Foxcroft founder, Miss Charlotte Haxall Noland, was a master for many years, and hounds still meet at Covert, the head of school's home.

Meet Hootie, the Snowman of the JNAFHC

Carissa Duncan and Hootie. Photo by Leslie Ballenger.

Live Oak's Hootie, a paint horse who is barely more than 15 hands, proved to be the Snowman of the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships in Lexington, Kentucky last month. Snowman, the bedraggled gray horse saved from slaughter and ridden to international fame by Harry deLeyer, went on to achieve stardom as a stadium jumper, clearing more than 6 feet under saddle. There is a movie featuring his story in theaters today. 

Juniors Enjoy Championship Weekend in the Bluegrass

Junior foxhunters from 13 states descended upon Lexington, Kentucky last weekend for three days of hunting, competing, sight-seeing, camaraderie, and making new friends at the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships (JNAFHC). Organized by Marion Chungo and Michelle Arnold, and hosted by MFHA President Jack van Nagell, his wife, Betsy, and the Iroquois Hunt, this year's version of the popular contest added a touch of racing glamor to its official events.

Young Riders Impress Judges at Camargo JNAFHC Qualifier

Excitement is building across the country for the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships on October 23 in Lexington, Kentucky. Aspiring competitors at the Qualifier hosted by Camargo Hunt (KY) had a special experience: Camargo huntsman, Danny Kerr, and visiting Green Creek Hunt (NC) huntsman, Tot Goodwin, combined their packs for a total of 25 couple challenging the young riders to keep up! At the end of an exciting day, nine juniors received the green rosettes signifying they had earned a place at the Championships.

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