All Roads Lead to Hunt Night at Harrisburg

The glamour of indoors and the grit of qualified foxhunters combine every autumn for the celebrated Hunt Night competition at Pennsylvania National Horse Show. This year's iteration, set for Monday, October 17th, at the Farm Show Complex, promises a terrific evening for spectators and competitors alike. With a reception including buffet and desserts and a variety of contests in the ring, it's worth the trip to watch our good field hunters take center stage under the lights.

Polo Classic Benefits National Sporting Library, Honors 9/11

"Great Expectations at Great Meadow," the sixth annual Polo Classic to benefit the National Sporting Library and Museum (NSLM), took place September 11, 2016 under scattered clouds and comfortable temperatures at Great Meadow in the Plains, Virginia. With elaborate tailgates ringing the field across from the elegant Pavilion - and a smattering of Ferraris on display a reasonably safe distance from the sidelines - there was plenty to entertain the Sport of Kings enthusiasts and the general public alike.

Third Annual Piedmont Hunter Trials Offer Divisions for All Riders

From first flight thrusters to dependable hilltoppers, the Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Trials offer everyone an exciting and fun-filled day of competition on October 2, 2016. The third annual edition of this beautifully staged and smoothly run event returns to the historic Salem Farm Show Grounds in Upperville, Virginia, courtesy of Shelby Bonnie, MFH. Open to all riders, foxhunters and non-foxhunters alike, each division's classes include the opportunity to exhibit both in the Grand Prix field on established, undulating turf, and over impeccable all-weather footing in the Grand Prix ring.

Keswick Hunt Night Showcases Local Riders

Drawing on its multitalented membership, Keswick Hunt Club hosted a fun Hunt Night Show on Saturday, August 20, at its historic showgrounds adjacent to the kennels in Keswick, Virginia. Judged by Alisa Berry, the friendly atmosphere offered morning warmups over the inviting course, followed by classes ranging from Future Foxhunter for the ten-and-under set, to the traditional Family Class, to a Sidesaddle Division, and finally Hunt Pairs and Hunt Teams.

Kindred Spirits: Beagles Compete at Triple Challenge Event

The National Beagle Club held its annual Triple Challenge Event at Aldie, Virginia last May. Combining Bench (conformation) and Stake (performance trials) competition, the five-day gathering included great camaraderie among the beagle enthusiasts, including many foxhunters in their ranks. The Stake judges, who followed on horseback to make their selections, were Hazel Hannon and Loudoun Fairfax Huntsman Andy Bozdan. A fundraising auction also took place.

Marty Wood's Hound Judging Seminar Inspires Attendees

A capacity crowd of huntsmen, Masters, professional staff, and foxhound devotees filled the Carriage House at Morven Park the morning before the Virginia Foxhound Show to hear Marty Wood, MFH, Live Oak Hounds (FL), deliver a comprehensive presentation on hound judging. Wood, a former MFHA President and current member of the MFHA Foundation Board, has spent more than four decades breeding hounds, more than three decades judging hound shows, and countless days in the field observing conformation in action. The seminar inspired conversations and rave reviews through the weekend, as MFHA Executive Director, Dennis Foster, observed, "To say it was a huge success is an understatement. Marty really put together something special — even experienced judges benefited."

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