On November 8, Old Dominion Hounds hosted the 13th Junior North American Field Hunter Championships, bringing together young foxhunters from across the country. We have results from all three divisions.
Old Dominion Hounds invited all entries to their meet Saturday morning, and their Pony Club sponsored a casual dinner/dance reception Saturday night at Alwyngton Manor in Warrenton. The Championships consisted of three divisions, Hilltoppers, Jumping (12yo & Under), and Jumping (13yo & Older), and included three components: an Under Saddle class, a judged mock hunt, and for the top ten riders, an individual test. The beautiful and challenging course was laid out at the Albert P. & Katherine Steedman Hinckley Memorial Hunter Trial Field in Marshall.
Dr. Carroll "Bear" Johnston presented the inaugural Lynda Johnston Perpetual Spirit Award, in memory of his late wife, who passed away last February. Lynda Johnston was a tireless supporter of juniors in the field, and shared with them a love of the open countryside so essential to our sport. This award recognizes "exceptional sportsmanship, horsemanship, and dedication to the sport of foxhunting," and is given to a "deserving junior who learns, and shares the enthusiasm for hunting that Lynda Johnston gave us all." This year's recipient is Lucy Arnold, representing Old Dominion Hounds.
Riot's Maeve, the striking gray registered Cleveland Bay ridden to the Hilltopper championship by Brighton Craig, was bred by Brighton's mother. Owned by Maggie Johnston, the mare also competed last spring in the sidesaddle races at Oatlands Plantation near Leesburg, Virginia.
Jumping - 12 & Under
Champion - Maggie Buchanan - Cheshire (PA) - Good Fortune
Reserve Champion - Emma Keahon - ODH - Duck Duck Goose
#3 Phoebe Fisher - Cheshire - Frisky Business#4 Grace Schriner - Long Run Hounds (KY) - Julep Cup
#5 Kenley Batts - Red Mountain - Flutter
#6 Drew Schwentker - Blue Ridge Hunt (VA) - Scout
#7 Lydia Eifler - Long Run - I like Bugs
#8 Colby Poe - ODH - Blueberry
#9 Skylar McKenna - Cheshire - Waterboy
#10 Lilia Sharp - Blue Ridge - Isodorable
Jumping - 13 & Over
Champion - Heather Feconda - LFH - Yogi
Reserve Champion - Lee Lee McNeil - Radnor Hunt (PA) - O'Ryan
#3 Hayley Davis - ODH - Arts N Crafts
#4 Lakyn Harlow - ODH - Ice Princess
#5 Kathleen Maloney - Iroquois Hunt (KY) - Rocky
#6 Brady Hoffman - Elkridge-Harford Hunt (MD) - Scooter
#7 Ashley Johnson - Iroquois - Cobalt
#8 Maxwell Watters-Round - Camargo (KY) - Major
#9 Anna Highsmith - Belle Meade - Logan
#10 Connor Poe - ODH - Liberty Bell
Congratulations to all the competitors in this growing event!