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.
Blue Mountain Pony Club members with recent ribbons from a rally. Photo courtesy of Maryann Cully, MFH, Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt.
This award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and past presidents of the MFHA. We had 78 Pony Club members participating for a total of 583 days hunting. Of the 78 members taking part, 25 were new participants who had not competed for this award in the past.
We were excited to have one of our USPC Riding Centers participate this year for the first time. That was Capall Equestrian Pony Club Riding Center in Kansas. They hunted with the Mission Valley Hunt (KS). They had four members participate who went out a total of 16 times with Mission Valley. Our Riding Centers allow children who do not own their own horse to participate in USPC activities and programs on schoolhorses at approved facilities.
Many thanks to the MFHA hunts who welcomed these children in their fields last season: Old Dominion Hounds, Bear Creek Hounds, Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt, Mells Foxhounds, Hillsboro Hounds, Red Rock Hounds, Elkridge-Harford Hunt, Arapahoe Hunt, Mission Valley Hunt, Live Oak Hounds, Spring Valley Hounds, and Long Run Woodford Hounds.
[Editor's Note: Please see the related feature in the Summer issue of Covertside Magazine: How Blue Mountain Pony Club "reinvests" its prize money from the Live Oak Hounds Foxhunting Challenge to support all its members' participation]
1st Place – Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club, VA
Hunted with Old Dominion Hounds
2nd Place – Woodbine Pony Club, GA
Hunted with Bear Creek Hounds
3rd Place – Blue Mountain Pony Club, PA
Hunted with Rose Tree-Blue Mountain
4th Place – Cedar Hills Pony Club, TN
Hunted with Mells and Hillsboro Hounds
5th Place – Portneuf Valley Pony Club, ID
Hunted with Red Rock Hounds
6th Place – Elkridge Harford Pony Club, MD
Hunted with Elkridge Harford Hunt
7th Place – tie
The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club, CO
Hunted with The Arapahoe Hunt
Capall Equestrian Pony Club Riding Center, KS
Hunted with Mission Valley Hunt
9th Place – Ochlockonee River Pony Club, FL
Hunted with Live Oak Hounds
10th Place – Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club, NJ
Hunted with Spring Valley Hounds
11th Place – Keeneland Pony Club, KY
Hunted with Long Run Woodford Hounds