Benjamin H. Hardaway, III, MFH Midland Fox Hounds, Passes Away

Dear Members:

It is with great sadness I inform you that Benjamin H. Hardaway, III, MFH, past president of the MFHA passed away this morning. Ben served as the MFHA President from 1981-1984 and as a member of our Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation Board of Directors for seven years. As a Master of Foxhounds for 67 years, he had a profound influence internationally on foxhounds and hunting. As we are saddened by our loss, we equally celebrate a life well lived. Mr. Hardaway was a true icon of our sport.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 24th, 2:00pm at St. Paul Methodist Church (2101 Wildwood Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31906). All are invited to join in the wake at Hardaway Hall (8301 Big Shinn Road, Midland, GA 31820) immediately afterwards.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Masters of Foxhounds Association of America Foundation or Sportsmen's Alliance.

David Twiggs  Executive Director/Keeper of the Studbook

Save the Dates for Our NYC Events in January

Save the dates for our traditional Masters' Dinner, Annual Meeting, and Masters' Ball in New York City! The dinner will take place on Thursday, January 25, at 8pm. On Friday, January 26, the membership meeting begins at 9am. Later that evening, the Masters Ball gets underway at 8pm. Watch our website for registration details coming soon.

Plan to Support the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation

While it seems like the season is just getting underway, it will soon be time to begin planning for the holidays, and many hunts ask their members to consider supporting the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation. This fund provides financial assistance to professional hunt staff and their families facing urgent financial need. Grants are considered on an individual basis determined by need. For more information on how to support this important foundation, please click here.

Hark Forward Series Charges Ahead

Our season-long celebration of foxhunting in support of the new MFHA headquarters in Middleburg is off to a great start. Enjoy this month's eCovertside articles about the Hound Performance Trials and Field Hunter Trials from the past few weeks. Mark your calendars for the coming month's events: Hound Performance Trials at Bull Run and Rappahannock, Field Hunter Championships at Arapahoe and Keswick, and the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships at Belle Meade. To see all of the year's activities, visit our Hark Forward page.

Southeastern Hunts Survive Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma tracked up the length of Florida and into the southeast, many of our hunts were impacted by the wind and flooding that accompanied the storm. Fortunately, staff and supporters across several states prepared ahead of time to reinforce kennels, stockpile supplies, and coordinate cleanup efforts.

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