Representing Potomac Hunt (MD), Huntsman Brian Kiely extended his streak to five years running as National Champion Horn Blower on May 28 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. Six other entries challenged him before a blind jury of past MFHA presidents (seated at a distance, with their backs to the blowers), Daphne Wood and Marvin Beeman, and current First Vice-President Tony Leahy, in addition to a large and encouraging crowd.
MFHA Executive Director, Dennis Foster, emceed the event, asking each huntsman first to step forward and blow "Finding the Fox," followed by "Gone Away," and then "Gone to Ground." Two ladies and five gentlemen held the crowd's attention and won robust applause for each effort.
Finally, after some deliberation, the judges indicated that three finalists (identities still unknown to the judges) should return to blow "Going Home." This final group included Kiely, Andy Bozdan of Loudoun Fairfax Hunt (VA), and Codie Hayes of Golden's Bridge Hounds (NY). To hear all the entries, visit our Facebook page videos and click through the different clips.
Ultimately, Kiely was again selected the overall champion. The MFHA encourages sanctioned hound shows to host horn blowing championships, both as a crowd-pleasing event and to promote the skill and art of calls on the horn. Results from earlier competitions at other shows this year are included on our website's Results page.