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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

Venerable Kennels, New Huntsman: Meet Norfolk's Alyse Phipps

Founded in 1895, Norfolk Hunt (MA) was one of the first recognized packs and its kennels are among the oldest in continuous use in the country. The club's early leaders helped found and foster the MFHA over 100 years ago, and despite intense pressure from suburban growth, its drag lines are laid along trails protected by members for generations. Alyse Phipps, in her first season as a huntsman, picks up the horn to lead this storied institution with enthusiasm, commitment, and gratitude.

Smithtown Hunt's Wittenborn and Socrates Win Field Hunter Championships

Following a drag line just a couple hours' drive from Manhattan and within reach of the salty spray of Long Island Sound might seem a world away from the northern Virginia mecca of traditional foxhunting, but the Smithtown Hunt - the last remaining pack on Long Island - prides itself on offering keen sport behind its Crossbred hounds. Member John Wittenborn proved his preparation was as good as anyone's when he and his Clydesdale-Thoroughbred, Socrates, earned top honors at the Theodora A. Randolph North American Field Hunter Championships.

Hunting into History: Grand Championship Performance Trials Celebrate Our Sporting Community

More than 50 select hounds representing 24 packs, upwards of 120 horses, and scores of foxhunting supporters from across North America and the UK gathered in Fitzpatrick, AL, for three days of competition and camaraderie over November 5-7. Hosted by Midland Fox Hounds, the Grand Championship Hark Forward Performance Trials echoed historic matches from the past, while affirming our sport's vitality and value in the 21st century.

Going Home: Foxhunting's Universal Appeal

There must be something innately human about our quest to find our roots. We subtly gravitate to the familiar and seek our people, history, culture, our tribe. Most of us wonder why we like the things we like and ponder how we become who we become, especially when there is no practical evidence in the present to support it. Perhaps this is apparent in America more than anywhere, where most of us are displaced from another place with a longer, more romantic past and we wear our heritage like a badge that somehow differentiates us from the rest.

Foxhunters Can Learn by Following Foot Packs

Our May story about the spring basset trials at Aldie, VA, was one of the website's most popular articles this year, and coverage of the bassets and beagles showing alongside foxhounds at Bryn Mawr garnered similar attention on our social media feeds in June. To follow up, we asked foxhunters who are active with both mounted and foot packs to share some of their experiences. Alasdair Storer, huntsman at New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds, Emily Melton, whipper-in at Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds, and Bennett Barclay, Hermit Hollow Beagles, all in Maryland, offered their insights.

Hardaway's Historic Territory Will Host Championship Performance Trials

We are proud to announce the inaugural North American Grand Championship Performance Trial, being held November 4-7, 2018, in Fitzpatrick, AL. This trial will rival the Great Hound Trial of 1905 and the original Hardaway Trial to take its place in the annals of North American sporting history. We will be hunting the hallowed ground of Fitzpatrick, Alabama, the birthplace of the mounted hunting performance trials. The forerunner of this endeavor began in 1996 as a competition for the Hardaway Crossbreds. Ben Hardaway’s popularity and success in hound breeding made it a great success and set a sound template for competing high performance hounds.

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