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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

Mike the Mustang Fits the Bill at Mission Valley Hunt

Professional  kennel huntsman Ryan Beer covers Mission Valley Hunt's (KS) wide-ranging country on his mustang, Mike. From wooded territory near Stilwell to open cropland and pasture at Flint Hills, the tough grey gelding - originally captured in South Dakota - tackles all obstacles with reliable sure-footedness and stamina. Beer shared the happy Christmas story of how Mike came to be his staff mount.

River Hills Foxhounds Bring Cheer to Local Seniors

River Hills Foxhounds (PA) members in full hunt livery - with seasonal accessories - visited Quarryville Presbyterian Home earlier this month to share hounds, equines, and Christmas carols with the senior residents there. The festive group included Maybeline the mule, Dominic the burro, a tiny cur lap dog and plenty of foot followers of all ages to greet and perform for the delighted senior citizens.

Breed the Best to the Best and Hope for the Best

Last summer, we highlighted the pedigree and performance record of Hillsboro Brighton '12. With the season underway, we touch base again with huntsman John Gray, who shares some insights into hound evaluation and his breeding decisions for this bloodline: His recent Hark Forward Performance Trials Champion, Hillsboro Salty '15, has been bred to one of Brighton's sons. Here are his thoughts on various performance trials winners in that pedigree.

Maybeline the Mule Stands Out in the Field

Editor's Note: Reviewing photos to share on MFHA social media, we noticed a perfectly-turned out, long-eared equine in the galleries from River Hills Foxhounds (PA). We inquired and learned that Maybeline the mule is owned by Helen Stapleton, who shares some of her experiences with this unusual - but capable - field hunter: When I start talking about my mules, I don’t know where to start - or end. We currently have five mules.

The Rider's Delight

With a clipped horse and a whip in hand,
We ride across the open land,
Riding behind the blue tick hound,
Time for the fox to be found.
The huntsman's horn blows and we hear the hound’s cry,
Crushing the leaves under their feet, as they pass by.

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