MFHA News for April

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Staff Seminar a Success

Thank you for coming out and supporting the MFHA at the Biennial Staff Seminar in Lexington, KY. We'd like to thank all our vendors and member hunts who donated items for our silent auction; it was a big success, raising over $11,000 for the Association and the Foundation!

A special congratulations to Larry Pitts, Potomac Hunt huntsman, on receiving the Ian Milne Award and also to Thaddeus Prince from Misty River Hounds on receiving the Youth Scholarship to attend the seminar.


Submit Your Calendar Photos Today!

It's time once again to submit candidates for the 2015 MFHA North American Foxhunting Calendar. We take photos from both professional and amateur photographers but they must meet the following guidelines:
1) High resolution: 300 dpi or larger, expandable to 9x13 with no dot gain or blurring.
2) Depict an MFHA recognized or registered hunt.
3) Be horizontal in aspect (do not send vertical photos).
4) Be named with your last name (ie: Smith_2014).
5) Include a Word document that has details about the photo-who's in it, what they are doing, and what hunt is depicted.
6) Can be any season, as long as it it clear that it is hunting related (hound shows, hound exercise, cubbing, etc.) are all acceptable.

Do not send:
1) Cell phone photos
2) Files named with a camera ID such as IMG_1234 or DCS5678
3) Photos of scenes that are not hunting related.

Please send your photos via a link on Dropbox. Do NOT send photos through email.
If you have questions, contact or


Jockey Club Renews TIP funding for 2014 Hunt Horse of the Year

The Jockey Club has provided $200 in cash and awards for the Field Horse of the Year and Staff Horse of the Year for 2014.
1) Staff Horse of the Year: Nominated by a registered and recognized hunt's MFH, the Staff Horse of the Year exhibits the best qualities of the TB and the hunt horse: game, bold, fearless, fast and rideable. The staff hunt horse is truly a special animal that everyone in the club admires for his qualities. Must be a registered Thoroughbred, with proof of registration as provided at Award:  $100 to the hunt club or owner and engraved or embroidered prize (cooler, halter, etc) (provided by T.I.P.). Winner announced at the MFHA Annual Meeting, January 2015.

2) Field Member Horse of the Year: Field Master nominated, this horse exhibits the best qualities of the TB and field horse. A fine jumper, polite in the field, well mannered at the trailer. Must be a registered Thoroughbred, with proof of registration as provided at $100 to member + prize. Winner announced at MFHA Annual Meeting Jan. 2015.

The deadline for nominations is October 1. Application can be found here.

MFHA News for January 2014

mfhalogo thumbApply Now for Professional Development Program: The application deadline is January 31, 2014. Click here for more information.

2014 MFHA National Horn Blowing Championship: The date and location for the National Horn Blowing Championship has changed! Beginning in 2014 the championship will be held at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Va., during the Virginia Hound Show. Any huntsman is welcome to participate.

MFHA News for December

mfhalogo thumbProfessional Develpment Applications: The application deadline is January 31, 2014. Click here for more information.

Active Masters Survey Due December 31: Active Masters are asked to complete a survey to help effectively determine the needs of professional development support. The deadline is December 31, 2013.

Registration is Open for the January 2014 Annual Meeting and Masters Ball in New York: Our keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting will be Mr. Nick Pinizzotto, President and CEO of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance. Click here for details!

MFHA News for November

2014 MFHA National Horn Blowing Championship
The date and location for the orn Blowing Championship have changed! Beginning in 2014 the championship will be held in Leesburg, VA at Morven Park during the Virginia Hound Show.

Looking to get your kids involved in Foxhunting?

"My First Foxhunt" coloring book and Kids Introduction to Foxhunting guide sponsored by the MFHA Foundation are coming this Fall.

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.

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