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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

Cricket and ValentineMy name is Madeline Hartwell and I am the huntsman Eleanor Hartwell's daughter. We hunt with the Bridlespur Hunt.

I want to tell everyone about my pony Super Cricket. He is a little red roan pony that jumps anything, even if he can't see over it. He is twins with another pony in A field named Valentine, who is ridden by my friend Caitlyn Wright. We love to jump and race each other and we also collect Breyer horses. We got Cricket from a place that used him as a show pony and a lesson pony. Unfourtunately for his old owners, he got too strong for the ring and was sent to us! I now hunt him almost every Saturday wih Caitlyn and all of the amazing people of Bridlespur!

Cricket and hounds

Super Cricket



+1 # Eleanor 2014-01-21 19:19
Since then, Cricket has logged many miles walking hounds on a daily basis. He is great for the youngest pups who tag along as soon as they are able. He is around 13 hands, totally tolerant of pups jumping up for a biscuit and low enough to the ground to make it easy for them, and easy for me to hop on and off to play with them.

He is also invaluable when Mum comes with the bassets to hunt, whipping in, he loves it.

When I had a serious wreck in Sept. 2011, (ICU for a week with a collapsed lung, cracked ribs and even more compromised collarbone...)h e was the one I felt safest on to come back to hunt the hounds on three weeks later.

Cheers, and Long Live, the Incredible Super Cricket
+1 # Eleanor 2014-01-21 19:18
I took to riding the pony to walk hounds when we moved to our new country in Eolia, Mo. Help was not so available on a daily basis to walk out, and I encountered some problems with "Piss Offs", especially after one day I crossed a hot track wilst on my feet and lost the whole lot, little pups, pregnant bitches and all. Not yet knowing the country, I slogged over ridge after ridge in my wellies and finally came across hounds coming around on a flip-flop...the y all looked up and said, "Oh, hi boss!!" and kept on going.
0 # Eleanor 2014-01-21 19:16
On Cricket...he really IS Super Cricket. Not only does he zip around with, and take very good care of my daughter, in spite of not being an "easy ride", he is also invaluable on a daily basis in walking out the hounds.
0 # Eleanor 2014-01-21 19:15
Well, as mother of above Madeline, I only just learned this evening from MY mother, through Jeep, that Madeline had submitted this piece to Covertside. Keep it up, Madeline.
0 # Leslie 2014-01-21 13:50
I hunt with these girls, they are great! They ride in back of A field but are happy to open gates or do anything of service to either B field or A field. Neither of these ponies are easy to ride and the girls get along great with them. I've ridden Cricket myself and he is a firecracker.
0 # Chris 2014-01-21 10:48
A huntsman in the making If ever I saw one! 'A chip off the old block' . If ever you've met her Mother and Grandmother you will understand. :lol:

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