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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

foxhunting freshman1With final exams over, I can officially say I have survived my first year at college! Overall, I didn’t hit too many bumps in the road, but there were several occasions where I was reminded that this crazy thing we all call fox hunting really isn’t a hobby, but an all-consuming lifestyle. Maybe you don’t have to be a freshman in college for parts of this list to apply to you, but you could say this list is a summary of my year. It seemed no matter where I turned, there was something reminding me that even though I lived two hours farther from Shakerag Hounds than normal, you can take a girl away from the fox hunt, but you can’t take the fox hunt out of a girl.

You Know You’re a Fox Hunting Freshman When…

-The entire day before the big move-in to college, you’re at the kennels.

-There are more pictures of hounds and hunting on your dorm wall than photos of friends and family from home.

-Your idea of a “study break” is researching hound pedigrees.

-Your pencil cup is an MFHA mug.

-A framed picture of Melvin Poe and a stuffed fox sit on the corner of your desk along with your updated list of entered hounds.

-An MFHA sticker is on your laptop.

-The background on your computer is a picture of one of your favorite hounds.

-When your friends ask who the random dog is in your background picture, you quickly explain that it’s not a “random dog” by pulling up his lineage, other pictures of the same hound, and telling funny stories about him, after which your friends may or may not look at you like you’re crazy.

-You’ve written papers for classes mentioning or discussing fox hunting.

-When your friends decide to attack your car with car paint in the middle of the night, your main concern is making sure they didn’t cover your fox hunting stickers.

-Your daily planner has the fixture written down for each hunt day throughout the season; whether you’re going or not.

-On your way to your 8 am classes, you assess the weather to guess how that day’s hunt will go.

-You build your schedule each semester so you can leave early enough on Fridays to get home for hunting.

-Unlike most college students, you will actually take 8 am classes all year long if it means you get Friday afternoons off to prep for hunting.

-Your parents tease you that the only reason you come home is to hunt, hound walk, etc.

-The only thing motivating you to get through the week is hunting, while most of your friends can’t wait for the weekends so they can sleep in, go shopping, etc.

-Getting up at 5 am for a hunt is easy, but you have to force yourself to crawl out of bed and become semi conscious for your 8 am class.

-The highlight of your long weekend at home is hanging over a fence for 3 hours at the kennels, naming as many hounds as you can.

-Your roommate asks one morning, “What is castle, saber and gentle? I heard you talking in your sleep last night,” you respond with, “Oh, I don’t know!” and you realize that dream you had about hunting the night before caused you to name hounds in your sleep.

-Later on in the year, your roommate tells you that you have named hounds in your sleep on multiple occasions…

-While your friends are excited about the forecast for an unseasonably warm weekend with clear skies, you secretly hope it will be false so the hunting conditions will be better.

-Getting the latest issue of Covertside is the greatest care package.

-You spend your fall break cubbing and body clipping horses in preparation for Opening Meet the next weekend.

-When your parents ask, “Do you want anything in particular for Christmas?” you just happen to have a list of books relating to fox hunting, including their prices, authors, and where to find them.

-After winter break, everyone talks excitedly about their trips to the beach, to see family, etc. while you ramble on and on about your different days hunting, hound walking, and the three new hounds the club drafted.

-The idea of hound walking all summer long is the only thing keeping you going through the second semester.

-Your hunt diary lives by your bedside table to remind you why you want to persevere through each week.

-You evaluate each horse on the school’s equestrian team for how they would perform in the hunt field.

-The “big” 2’6” jumps you practice over during the equestrian team lessons look TINY compared to some of the coops you’ve cleared.

-Your parents eventually accept the fact that when you come home, 99% of the time it’s for hunting, hound walking, etc.

-You find out your wisdom teeth have to be removed over spring break, and your first concern is not being able to spend every waking moment at the kennels/hunting.

-You desperately ask the dentists if there’s any chance you’ll be drug-free enough post-surgery to spend at least some time at the kennels.

-You wonder what the heck you’re supposed to do for a week post surgery. Sleep? Rest? Why would you do that when you could be hound walking? Please, be rational here.
-You can’t go hound walking post wisdom tooth surgery (curse the heavy duty pain medicines) and your parents refuse to drive you to the kennels that early, but NOTHING can stop you from making sure horses are perfectly body clipped for Closing Hunt the following weekend.

-Pieces you’ve written about hunting consistently turn out twice the length of your English papers.

-Friends tell you they’re sore after their 1 ½ hour walking trail ride; you consider that a warm up.

-While friends share pictures of going to the beach or visiting family for Easter, you have numerous pictures from hound show practice, the highlight of your weekend.

-Your 2 main concerns all year have been:

1. Whether or not you have enough gas to get home to hunt/hound walk, or

2. Whether or not you have enough money to get gas to get home for hunting/hound walking.

-You are never content being home until you have returned from the hunt field/kennels, tired, maybe a little sore, and having been sufficiently leaped on, licked, and smeared with dirt from excited hounds.


+1 # jeanie thomas mfh 2012-05-18 19:06
:lol: sounds perfectly normal to me and a lovely way to live!

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