Photo Gallery from Junior Handlers Show at Keswick

Seventeen youngsters had a great time at the May 13th Junior Handlers Hound Show, hosted by Keswick Hunt Club (VA) on the grounds of historic Montpelier. Entries represented Keswick, Farmington (VA), and the Farmington Beagles (VA). Hounds, beagles, children and spectators alike enjoyed a friendly competition, with a little education about presenting hounds and learning horn calls. Judges Charles Montgomery, huntsman at Bull Run, Elizabeth "Boo" Montgomery, and Charlotte D. Buttrick, ex-MFH, MBH, assisted by Ring Steward Barclay Rives, were cheerfully patient and good-natured through the afternoon, often giving advice and demonstrating correct technique to the juniors.

Kids Take Charge at Arapahoe Junior Meet

Arapahoe Hunt's (CO) Junior Hunt Day on April 8 was a marvelous day of "firsts" for the young members of the Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club! There were huge smiles on the faces of both kids and adults. From following hounds off the leadline to keeping up with whippers-in, many Pony Club members checked goals off their foxhunting wish lists.

Seven-Year-Old Reports on "My Favorite Day - the Hunt"

Colette "Coco" Barnicoat, age 7, recently enjoyed a day out with Santa Ynez Valley Hounds (CA) for their closing meet. She kindly submitted this recap of her day's sport with joint Masters Bonnie Hayden and Paul McEnroe and huntsman Claire Buchy-Anderson: "I am racing to my room to start packing for my favorite place, the ranch. It is a very good trip but it is two hours. And once we get there, we have dinner and then dessert and then we go to bed. But it's very hard to fall asleep.

Hunting is Doctor's Orders for Evan Dombrowsky

Riders often joke that going hunting is more effective than therapy to escape the stress and pressure of daily life. For 11-year-old Evan Dombrowsky, though, hunting is genuine physical therapy. Born with one hip out of socket, Evan just came through his sixth surgery to manage this condition. His doctors believe horsebackriding places his hips in a beneficial position and contributes to his gradual improvement. In addition to hunting Pete the pony with Loudoun Fairfax Hunt (VA), Evan has faithfully walked hounds out, helped around the kennels, and twice won Best Junior Handler at the Virginia Foxhound Show.

Metamora Hunt Junior Describes Her Thoroughbred Makeover Experience

My name is Emily VandenBerghe and I am a freshman at Oxford High School, in Oxford, Michigan. I have ridden horses since I could pretty much hold on (about two years old, my mom says). I join Metamora Hunt II Pony Club at the age of eight, which introduced me to foxhunting. I quickly fell in love with the sport and joined Metamora Hunt later that year.

U.S. Pony Clubs Announce Foxhunting Writing Contest Winners

The United States Pony Clubs (USPC) announced the winners of the 2016 Hildegard Neill Ritchie Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest. The competition is open to all D- or C-rated Pony Club members. The winner receives a $200 cash prize to spend on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or related activities, with smaller awards to second and third places. This year, judges included Nancy Ambrosiano, former USPC Foxhunting Committee chair and a USPC graduate; Mary Pierson, a lifelong USPC supporter; and Norman Fine, foxhunting expert and author.

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