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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

Four Star Whipper In

Steph BoyerDiana Rowland photoJust five years ago, Stephanie Boyer was preparing her horse Macloud to run the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, one of only six worldwide CCI**** three day events and the only four star held in North America. She had worked for multiple Olympic medalist Philip Dutton, Pan American Games medalist Buck Davidson, and had galloped for such notable trainers as Michael Matz (also an Olympic gold medalist) and Jonathan Sheppard. With completions at Fair Hill CCI***, Jersey Fresh CCI***,  The Fork CIC***, and numerous runs at the Advanced level to her credit, the native of Thousand Oaks, CA found herself in search of something different and has happily served as First Whipper In to Mrs. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds for four seasons.

This Must Be the Place

Crispin Wilson Nov 13Tommy Watley photo Crispin Wilson is perhaps the only professional staff member in America who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. The 29-year-old native of Southern Maryland has worked hard to forge a career and path of his own and currently serves as kennel huntsman at Midland Foxhounds, where he arrived two years ago after whipping in at the Deep Run Hunt Club (VA) for several seasons. A man of many interests, but none more so than hunting, he's recently found himself in the truck on the way to meets listening to a lot of the Clash, Talking Heads, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. 

Career Opportunities

Richard Oct 13WLS Photography, Bill SigafoosRaised on a working family farm in Shropshire, England where hunting and country sports were a way of life, Richard Roberts developed a love for the sport of foxhunting at an early age. His father, a skilled horseman with a life-long passion for all animals, was his largest influence as a young boy. Now in his third season as Huntsman for the Deep Run Hunt (VA), Roberts, who celebrated his fortieth birthday last year, has never doubted his career choice.

e-Covertside: How many hounds do you have and what is their breeding?
Richard: We have 41 ½ couple crossbred hunting hounds and 6 ½ couple puppies who will be entered next season. We hunt red & grey fox and coyote.

Sam Clifton Will Never Be Content

Sam Clifton GSVHChandler Willett photoSam Clifton, 33, has hunted the hounds of Green Spring Valley for the past seven years, but like many professionals he was born into a hunting family and has perpetuated the family custom. At Green Spring Valley, he has not only  found an organization just as steeped in tradition, but one that is dedicated to bolstering the sport in ever changing conditions, growing and learning to adapt and preserve fox hunting. The territory is located north and west of Baltimore, MD and encompasses part of Baltimore County and all of Carroll County, with a combination of open, rolling terrain with sections of wooded land. This area is the heart of Maryland steeplechasing and home to the Maryland Hunt Cup.

Slap Shot

NeillAmattsmallAdrian Jennings photoHave you ever met an ice hockey playing, hound hunting Englishman? If not, meet Neil Amatt. The 29 year old was quite literally born into the sport of foxhunting and is proud to be a third generation professional. Hailing from Newmarket, roughly 60 miles from London, Amatt spent his childhood engrossed in country pursuits of hunting, shooting, and racing. He landed in the US six years ago, going to work for Midland Foxhounds and spent the last season whipping in to Guy Allman at the Blue Ridge Hunt in Boyce, VA. As of May 1, he will be joining the Piedmont Fox Hounds, Upperville, VA, as First Whipper-in.

An Upstate New York State of Mind

Marion Thorne smallPhoto by William GambleHunting the hounds of the Genesee Valley Hunt has been a family affair for Marion Thorne for decades. Thorne’s stepfather, W. Austin Wadsworth, was Master and Huntsman of the pack during her childhood, and Thorne spent many days hunting, walking puppies, and whipping in before assuming the duties as Joint Master (2006) and Huntsman (2001) herself, presiding over the care of the 44 couple Crossbred and ½ couple English Foxhounds kenneled in the bucolic college town of Geneseo, NY. Her husband, Travis, serves as professional Whipper in and Kennelman.

e-Covertside: Name three things you never hunt without.
Marion: My breastplate, cell phone and lucky stock pin.

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