Plans for New Headquarters Include Education and Outreach

Our future headquarters building in Middleburg, Virginia, will serve many important purposes for our organizaiton. Its primary functions will be to provide offices for the MFHA executive director, as well as the staff of the association and foundations; to provide space for a large board room which can also be used for educational seminars; and to present selected items reflecting the history and art of American foxhunting, which will be informative both to those interested in the sport and the general public. The headquarters will be open to visitors at least three days per week, giving us a unique opportunity to tell the story of our cherished sport.

Before we can move in, the property will require major renovations and we are asking for your support to help raise funds. Whether you give $100.00 or $5,000, you can be a part of our new headquarters, foxhunting visitors’ center, educational facility and office space. Find more information at our website.

Nominate Juniors for Our Fairly Hunted Award

The success of the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships this fall is a reminder that children are the future of our sport. All youngsters taking part in hunts are eligible to receive the Fairly Hunted Award from the MFHA. There is no fee or skill requirement — just have a Master confirm that the child has gone out at least five times this season. Recipients will be sent a large certificate and pin from our office. For more information, visit the Fairly Hunted Award page on our website.

David Twiggs Named Next MFHA Executive Director

After a thorough review of the search process and the candidates who applied, the Executive Committee of the MFHA Board of Directors voted to hire David Twiggs as our future Executive Director. David will officially begin on January 1. He will serve a three-month transition period with Dennis Foster, before assuming the sole responsibility of the position on April 1, 2017. His mission will include growing the sport and our subscribing membership, supporting existing hunts, and increasing our financial base and endowment. David, his wife Ashley and their two daughters, Salem and CeCe, are all avid equestrians and all foxhunt. David will attend the January MFHA Annual Meeting in New York and we hope you will make every effort to welcome him. Read the full Press Release here.

Plan Now to Attend the Masters' Ball in January

Following the MFHA Annual Meeting, New Masters' Seminar and Masters' Dinner, the Masters' Ball caps off our festive weekend in New York City. All Subscribing Members are invited to the scarlet-if-convenient gala at the Pierre Hotel, featuring cocktails, dinner and dancing to the live band into the early morning hours. Special room rates are available, but for a limited time only. To reserve your place now, click here.

Support Our Juniors Competing in Kentucky October 23rd

The Junior North American Field Hunter Championships, which will take place October 23, 2016 in Lexington, KY, are part of an important program to encourage and recognize children who are the future leaders of our sport. This fall, young riders have been hunting with packs across the country, with mounted judges selecting those competent to continue to the finals. A full weekend of social activities, hunting, and the final competition has been organized not only to reward the top riders, but to build a sense of community and camaraderie among young foxhunters from all different areas. See the accompanying article for one judge's impressions of the entries at a qualifying meet hosted by Camargo Hunt. For more information about the program, visit www.jnafhc.com.

Field Hunters Return to Thoroughbred Makeover in October

Support finding a second (or third!) career for ex-racehorses as foxhunters by attending the Retired Racehorse Project's $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, on October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Along with Show Hunters, Barrel Racing, Polo, Dressage, Freestyle, Competitive Trails, and Eventing, the field hunters will compete for the title of "America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred." Seminars and presentations by top trainers, along with demonstrations, shopping, and opportunities to network with other OTTB enthusiasts are offered throughout the four days, and many of the entered horses are for sale. For more information and tickets, visit www.retiredracehorseproject.org.

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