For Isabelle Powers, Just Competing Is a Victory

Like dozens of other young foxhunters across the country, Isabelle Powers of Midland Fox Hounds (GA) worked hard to qualify for the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships earlier this month. Simply being able to compete at the finals was a tremendous victory for her, her mother Lisa, and their support team, though: Isabelle had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in April, and underwent taxing chemotherapy treatment through the late spring and summer.

Old Dominion Hosts Junior North American Field Hunter Championships

Old Dominion Hounds hosted the 16th annual Junior North American Field Hunter Championships on November 10 as the finals returned to Virginia for the first time since 2015. Determined children from hunts across the country braved blustery winds and cold temperatures to contest the judged mock hunts and individual tests at the Albert P. & Katherine Steedman Hinckley Memorial Hunter Trial Field near Orlean. As always, the weekend included evening social events, awards, and the opportunity to hunt together for fun in support of the JNAFHC mission.

"One Makes a Difference:" Storer Discusses Juniors at Ashland Bassets Dinner

The Ashland Bassets (VA) held their annual Fundraiser Dinner in Hume, VA on September 29, 2018. Along with dozens of fantastic silent auction items and a lavish buffet meal, the evening featured remarks by Alasdair Storer, huntsman at New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds (MD) and also huntsman and Master of the Middletown Beagles. His presentation focused on techniques to engage children in our sport, reflecting the vibrant junior program he has nurtured at both packs.

Start with Juniors to Encourage Stewardship of Hounds

In an article in early 2017, Covertside Online shared how the foxhunting community benefited junior Evan Dombrowsky as he overcame medical challenges. Last April, we profiled the success of the Foxhound Retirement Program. These stories intertwine as Evan, even at a young age, has already observed the full cycle of hound life and the importance of good stewardship. His mother, Beth Dombrowsky, reflects on the lessons learned in kennels and at home.

Aiken's Junior Camp Wins over Future Foxhunters

The Aiken Hounds Foundation sponsored a Foxhunting Camp for Juniors this past Saturday and by all impressions and feedback, it was a great success. We had 13 eager future foxhunters enroll and spend the day learning about the sport. Our Joint Master Larry Byers was a huge success with the kids and kept them enthralled all day, even playing the elusive fox for a mock hunt.

Woodbrook Hunt's Gigi Olsen, 17, Earns Bronze at Pony Jumper Championships

The United States Equestrian Federation's Pony Jumper Championships in Lexington, KY, are a long way from galloping behind hounds on the west coast, but Woodbrook Hunt Club (WA) junior member, Gigi Olsen, traveled a few thousand miles to compete with the Zone 9 team. Led by Chef d'Equipe Gretchen Anderson, the young riders won a bronze medal in the competition at the Kentucky Horse Park. Gigi is a third generation foxhunter, and all three generations of the Sferra/Olsen/Miller are still actively riding and hunting.

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