National Sporting Library and Museum Appoints New Executive Director

sportinglibrarylogoThe Board of Directors of the National Sporting Library and Museum has appointed Melanie Leigh Mathewes as its new executive director.

Mathewes served as the executive director of the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk, Va., for the last eight years. During her tenure, she oversaw the first strategic plan for the Hermitage, which resulted in numerous improvements in the physical plant and a dramatic increase in membership and visitation.

Prior to coming to the Hermitage, Mathewes was the events and exhibition specialist at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. In addition to leading the Hermitage, Mathewes joined the Virginia Association of Museums as council director for the Tidewater and Eastern Shore region in 2011. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Tidewater Community College, teaching courses in art history since 2010.

Survey Shows Thoroughbreds Find Second Careers as Foxhunters

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Dennis Foster (540) 955-5680
Emily Esterson (505) 553-2671

Results of Masters of Foxhounds Association survey show that hunt staff horses are overwhelmingly thoroughbreds.

Millwood, Va.—The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) has released the results of its Rescue and Unwanted Horse survey of foxhunters in North America. The survey shows that two thirds of MFHA members ride formerly unwanted horses while foxhunting, and 77% of those are thoroughbreds.

The survey, conducted online and through Covertside Magazine with members of the MFHA, the governing body of mounted foxhunting in North America, showed that thoroughbreds are by far the most popular breed of rescue foxhunter. About 77% of respondents answered that they own and hunt rescue or unwanted horses hunt thoroughbreds. And 58.7% of those respondents currently own and hunt a former racehorse with a Jockey Club tattoo. The next most popular breed is the draft cross (18.6%), followed by the quarter horse (10.6%).

MFHA News for September

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Registration is Open for 2014 Biennial Staff Seminar
The Biennial Staff Seminar is scheduled for April 12th & 13th in beautiful Lexington, KY. Register before December 31st and receive a 5% discount (Discount Code: ER2014SEM). Click here to register!

MFHA News for August

Thouroughbred Incentive Awards Deadline October 1, 2013

The deadline is just a few weeks away! Click here for more information!


2014 Biennial Staff Seminar
Save the Date - the 2014 Biennial Seminar will be held April 12th & 13th at the Griffin Gate Marriott in beautiful Lexington, KY. Click here for details!


Discounts for MFHA Members

Viaguard/Accu-Metric is offering MFHA Member Hunts a discount on their Microchip Program. Click here for more information.

Point Two Air Vests is offering $100 discount to MFHA members through the end of August. Call Point Two at 888-729-4442or email and tell them you're an MFHA member.

MFHA News for July

Show Your Support
Never before has it been so important for foxhunters to look toward the horizon. If we do not take steps to help ensure our sport carries on for future generations; then other misguided forces will almost certainly try to ensure that it does not. Click here for a list of ways you can help
MFHA OTTB of the Year Award Nominations Due October 1, 2013 


Discounts Available to all MFHA Members

Viaguard/Accu-Metric is offering MFHA member hunts a discount on their microchip program. Click hediscount Point Two re for details. 
Point Two Air Vests is offering $100 discount to MFHA members through the end of August. Call Point Two at 888-729-4442or email and tell them you're an MFHA member. 
Save The Date for the Biennial Staff Seminar
The Biennial Staff Seminar will be held April 12-13, 2014 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in beautiful Lexington, Ky. Click here for details!  


Legislative News, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), ran a full page ad in Roll Call in Roll Call and Politico detailing the controversies and scandals that surround the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its CEO Wayne Pacelle.
Sportmen's & Animal Owner Voting Alliance (SAOVA) is another very good source to keep you up to date on animal rights legislation and has good information on the AR movement. Click here to read more.  
Covertside Magazine, Now Also Available Digitally:

The Summer edition of Covertside has been shipped!  If you did not receive yours, please let the MFHA office know.  For those of us who enjoy reading online, click here for your complementary digital edition!


Pre-Order Your 2014 MFHA Calendar Today! 

The 2014 MFHA Foxhunting Calendar is available! Fabulous foxhunting and foxhound photography makes this a calendar you will be proud to display or give as a gift to hunt members and landowners! Click here to pre-order at a discount!


MFHA Online Store Update

In an effort to continue to offer you the most secure online shopping for your foxhunting needs, the MFHA shopping cart has been updated. Click here to shop online 


Take our Horse Ownership Survey! 

MFHA and Covertside want to know how many foxhunting horses you own: click here to take the survey 

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