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Three Little Horsemen Learn Life Lessons in the Huntfield

Foxhunting with small children is always a bit of an adventure, but it’s one that Adrienne Iorio wouldn’t trade for the world. She and her three sons, Charlie (11), Taylor (9), and Aiden (8) have been hunting together for the past several years. These days, they enjoy their time with Norfolk Hunt near their Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Massachusetts, as well as with Whiskey Road Foxhounds and the Aiken Hounds when they head south for the winter to Frog Hollow Farm in Aiken, SC.

Join the Fun with Junior North American Field Hunter Championship

The Junior North American Field Hunter Championship festivities will take place on November 8 and 9 in The Plains, Virginia. It will be a  great championship weekend for juniors and their families. Participants are invited hunt with local hunts on Friday and attend special a visit and party at the new MFHA Headquarters, where we will talk about MFHA and its role in foxhunting. The Championship will take place on Saturday, including  a mock hunt, handy hunter course, and individual test. Then on Saturday night, a BBQ dinner, guest speakers, a DJ for dancing and the annual horn blowing and whip cracking contest will take place. Many will stay on Sunday to hunt with local hunts and go home on Monday.

Created by Douglas Wise Stuart and Iona Pillion, the Championship, now in its 17th year, expects up to 100 entries from all over the United States and Canada. Young riders qualify at specific events around the country where they are judged while foxhunting. These junior foxhunters range from six to 18 years old and will be tested in different divisions including the Jumping Field and non-jumping or Hilltopper Field. The Junior North American Champion will be awarded at the conclusion of the competition.

Riding with Vinny, Age Three, at Shawnee Hounds

My name is Tony Cummings and I hunt with Shawnee Hounds in southern Illinois. I wanted to share a few pictures of one of my recent hunts and brag on my son a little bit, if you don't mind indulging a proud poppa. My son Vinny, age three, has been coming to Shawnee since he was just one year old. Masters Mark Smith and Gail Petrikius have always been so great with him, and his grandparents live across the country so he just adores them.

Margot and Mudbug: A Junior's View of Life with Hounds

Quite a few juniors participated in the recent Great Lakes Invitational Hound Show, and Covertside Online contacted one of them - eight-year-old Margot Pontia - to ask a few questions about her experiences with hounds - in the field and in the ring. Here are her replies, along with some comments from her mother, large animal veterinarian Dianne Pontia, both members at Miami Valley Hunt (OH).

Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Rewards Junior Foxhunters

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the 13th Annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge. The Live Oak Challenge is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. For their achievements, $10,000 is distributed among the top Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest percentage (based on total number of members) of active Pony Club members hunting.

Photo Gallery: Aiken Juniors Compete at 2019 Carolinas Hound Show

The Carolinas Hound Show is always a springtime favorite for top hounds from up and down the east coast. Aiken Hounds (SC) turned out in strong numbers - not just hounds shown by huntsman Katherine Gunter, but junior handlers competing in the younger and older age groups. Photographer Steve Young shares some of the happy faces of our sport's future as they show off their canine charges.

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