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.

Deadline Approaching for Conservation Award Nominees

Time is running out to nominate individuals, clubs, or organizations for the Hunting Habitat Conservation Award. The deadline for receipt of materials at the MFHA office is September 30, 2016. Previous nominees who did not win are encouraged to reapply. The winning hunt club receives a $5,000 cash prize as well as the trophy and recognition! Consider whether someone in your club deserves to be nominated for making significant contributions to preserving rural land for foxhunting. Application requirements and other details are available online here.

Plan Ahead for Historic Dinner, Annual Meeting & Ball in NYC

It's not too soon to begin planning to join us in NYC in January for the Masters' Dinner, MFHA Annual Meeting, and the popular Masters' Ball! The 2017 edition promises to be a very special occasion: Our President, Jack van Nagell, is handing over the reins after his three-year term to Tony Leahy, and Dennis Foster is stepping down after 24 years as Executive Director. Put this historic event on your calendar now for January 26-27, 2017. The Union Club will again host the Masters' Dinner and membership meeting, while the elegant Pierre Hotel once more serves as the venue for the New Masters' Lunch and Seminar and the ball. Rooms may be reserved at a special rate by contacting the Pierre directly. For tickets and more information, please click here.

Tally Ho! A New Season Begins

Summer's hard work — many hours of walking hounds, legging up horses, clearing trails and sprucing up panels — has finally come to fruition as the season gets underway. Huntsmen are putting new hounds in with the pack and watching them learn the ropes, Masters are confirming plans with landowners, and members are eager to get their horses out in the field. Consider bringing a non-hunting friend or a child out with you this fall to introduce them to our sport.

Encourage Juniors this Season

We’re featuring accomplishments by younger foxhunters in this eCovertside, and Masters are reminded to nominate children for our Fairly Hunted Award. Anyone under age 18 who participates in at least five hunt meets during the season qualifies. The award was created to recognize young riders in the field, who may not belong to Pony Club or other organizations that are formally associated with hunt clubs. Recipients earn a certificate and pin from the MFHA, as well as a one-year subscription to Covertside. There is no limit on the number of seasons an individual may qualify for the award (until age 18).

Apply for Hunting Habitat Conservation Award

The purpose of the Hunting Habitat Conservation Award is to recognize those foxhunting clubs, individuals and organizations that have made significant and enduring contributions towards the preservation of rural countryside and its flora and fauna. Applications for this year are due in the MFHA office September 30, 2016. Previous applicants who did not win are encouraged to reapply. The prize includes a trophy, recognition at our Annual Meeting, and a $5,000 cash award. For guidelines and entry form, please click here.

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