MFHA Biennial Staff Seminar: Hunting the Red Fox

MFHA Staff SeminarAs part of the much anticipated morning session of the 2012 Masters of Foxhounds Association Biennial Staff Seminar, held April 21 and 22 at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA, was an intense, in depth discussion of the red fox. Moderator Tony Leahy presided over panelists Tommy Lee Jones (Casanova), Tony Gammell (Keswick) and Bob Ferrer (Caroline).

Stonewall Commands Carolinas Performance Trials

Once again, the folks from the Sedgefield Hunt put together another memorable Carolinas Foxhound Performance Trials, also known as the Sedgefield Cup, at the J. Robert Gordon Field Trial Grounds in Hoffman, North Carolina at the end of March.  The whole event takes on a “larger than life” cast - from the 60,000 acres of the gamelands, to vast amounts of delicious food and beverage, to the cast of characters that might even be a bit more extreme than those found in the usual foxhunting population. Not to mention the hunting...

Moingona Hunt Hosts Flint Hills Invitational Performance Trial

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The first annual Moingona Invitational Performance Trial and Joint Meet was held March 7th-11th in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas near the historic town of Council Grove.  Early settlers traveling on the old Santa Fe Trail passed through this area and there are multiple historic markers pointing to sites where the old wagon ruts are still visible.  The country is mainly comprised of cattle farms and boasts small coverts, open rolling hillsides, and excellent footing.  It appears to be perfect habitat for coyotes and perfect terrain for following hounds on horseback.  The weather ranged from sunny and warm to cold with freezing sleet over the course of the total 5 days of hunting.  Despite the varying weather conditions there was great hunting and hound work on each day.

The trial took place over 3 days (quite a precedent given that the majority of Performance Trials are typically held over 2 days) followed by 2 days of Joint Meets.   It would be a true test of the hounds’ (and the horses’ and riders’!) endurance.  The participating packs were the Bridlespur Hunt (Missouri), the Full Cry Hounds (Alabama), the Grand Canyon Hounds (Arizona), and the Mill Creek Hunt (Illinois). 

National Beagle Club of America Spring Pack Trials

NBC Old Chatham 8 CoupleOld Chatham's Eight CoupleApril 4-8, 2012  Institute Farm, Aldie, Virginia

Judges: David Vore, Lewisburg, TN, Dan Jones, Bridgewater, VA, MFH and Huntsman for the Glenmore Foxhounds                        

Apprentice Judge for Eight Couple Class: Bennet Barclay

The Third Maury River Hunter Trials

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Judge: Sandy Rives, MFH Keswick Hunt Club To be held at the beautiful Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA on its world class cross-country course coordinated by Penny & Brian Ross, organizers of the Virginia Horse Trials in association with and for the benefit of local hunt clubs. A Hunter Trial is a great way to introduce your horse to foxhunting conditions, school for hunter derbies, or show off your seasoned field hunter! Foxhunters and non-Foxhunters welcome! Hunt membership not required! Flat and jumping classes School similar course at  the Starter Horse Trials XC schooling March 24! Tailgate competition!

For more information: www.vahorsetrials.com or email vht@cfw.com

Bull Run Hunt March Madness, March 25-31, 2012

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The week begins on Sunday, March 25, with the BRH  Point-to-Point Races followed by 6 consecutive days of hunting and ending with The Annual BRH Hunt Ball.  Hunting will be from a different Bull Run fixture everyday.

There will be a Breakfast in the field following each hunt or a Cocktail Party in the evening.  Come for a day or the entire week!

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