Biennial Staff Seminar Highlights

More than 230 foxhunters attended the MFHA's 2016 Biennial Staff Seminar, held April 22-24 at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia. Open to all Subscribing Members, this iteration of the popular weekend featured renowned speakers, kennel tours, roundtable discussions of current issues facing our sport, and many opportunities to socialize with sporting friends.

Thank You Staff Seminar Vendors & Silent Auction Donors

We would like to thank all of our vendors and silent auction item donors for their contribution to MFHA's 2016 Biennial Staff Seminar! This event would not have been as successful and festive had you not been present. For those of you who did not get a chance to shop or maybe didn't see exactly what you wanted at the staff seminar, take the time to visit vendor websites to do more shopping and to show your support:

National Horn Blowing Championship at Morven Park

The 2016 National Horn Blowing Championship will take place Saturday, May 28, at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. This is the day before the Virginia Hound Show, and the same location as the Hound Judging Clinic with Marty Wood, MFH. Championship rules allow any MFHA member hunt staff to compete, regardless of if they've won another hound show competition. The MFHA will provide the 1st place winner with an engraved hunt horn, their name on the perpetual silver horn trophy and prize money. Plan to compete, or come watch and hear this popular event! For more details on the national championship, please click here.

MFHA Executive Director Search

The Masters of Foxhounds Association seeks an executive director to manage a 109-year-old membership-based organization dedicated to mounted hunting with hounds. The executive director works closely with a board of directors and reports to the president. He or she manages the association and its budget, finances and fundraising.

Recognize Your Juniors: Fairly Hunted Award

As hunting winds down, members are encouraged to submit names of juniors who have hunted at least five times this season, to your Masters. These children will be recognized by the MFHA with our Fairly Hunted Award, which includes a certificate, pin, subscription to Covertside, and having their names published on our website. Juniors are eligible each year that they hunt, so let your Masters know if your young rider is eligible. For more information, please click here.

Staff Seminar Feature: Year in the Life of a Foxhound

One of the featured topics at next month's Biennial Staff Seminar is "A Year in the Life of a Foxhound," moderated by Tommy Lee Jones, huntsman, Casanova Hunt (VA). The panelists include Ken George, Midland Fox Hounds (GA); Brenda Yost, Mill Creek Hunt (IL); Reggie Spreadborough, Orange County Hounds (VA); John Eaton, Shakerag Hounds (GA); and Peter Wilson, Grand Canyon Hounds (AZ). They will discuss an array of subjects, such as breeding philosophies, annual routine, puppy walking, entering hounds, and maintaining a healthy pack. This is just one of several informative discussions scheduled for the full weekend, April 22-24. To register, please click here.

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Subscribing Membership to the MFHA is open to anyone who cares about the future of country lifestyles and wants their voice and vote to make a difference. You will also receive Covertside magazine 4x a year!

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