Adventures in Hunting: Middleburg Hunt Teams Up with Foxcroft Students

Annabelle Boendermaker and Mrs. John Denegre, MFH, lead the Middleburg Hunt. Courtesy Middleburg Photo

It was my first formal fox hunt and my first attempt at tying my stock tie turned out  less than pony club perfect despite the guidance of Foxcroft’s own resident hunting expert.  However, I was ecstatic to be out with the Middleburg Hunt, having been awarded the opportunity to shadow Penny Denegre, Master of Foxhounds.

Bijou Springs Hunt Celebrates Juniors

October 23 was the first junior hunt of the 20011 season for the Bijou Springs Hunt.  The Lazy K 11 Ranch northeast of Kiowa, Colorado was experiencing beautiful Indian Summer weather with balmy temperatures and the cottonwood which border the Bijou Creek were gleaming gold.

The warm temperatures, however, were not conducive to great scenting as Huntsman Nancy Mitchell and 9 ½ couple of her most dependable hounds set out to show the young visitors what foxhunting is all about.  The hounds tried their hardest. Axel, a veteran hound, clung tenaciously to every whiff of scent and his voice encouraged the rest of the pack to follow his lead.  As the pack headed southwest toward the creek, one audacious coyote toyed with them. Finally, they reached the brush pasture and the coyote decided he’d had enough of the chase and slid out the west fence line which was the border of the country.  Due to the timely intervention of whippers-in Meri Hatterman and Judi Tobias, the pack was turned and they headed southeast to the big sandhills.

Pony Club Adds Foxhunting Discipline

USPC now recognizes Pony Club member with certificates, pins

When Pony Club was founded in the 1920s in Great Britain, its two primary goals were to educate children to become competent horsemen and teach them to confidently ride in the sport of foxhunting.   The original Pony Club was founded by foxhunting enthusiasts who recognized the need for skilled instruction for all children interested in horsemanship and riding.  Pony Club quickly became a foundation that assisted many families in educating young riders without the high price of expensive lessons, or worse, the breaking of parents’ patience as they tried to educate their own children!

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. has recently implemented a Foxhunting Program to recognize members who participate in both the mounted and unmounted workings of the sport of foxhunting.  Along with the incorporation of this new program, there is located on the USPC website the new USPC Foxhunting Certification Guidelines and paperwork (www.foxhunting.ponyclub.org). In addition, one can also find stories of hunting, photographs depicting the sport throughout the country, and other opportunities as they arise.

Record Entries at 9th Annual Junior North American Field Hunter Championships

Champion 12 & Under, Ava Plumb riding Willie, Cheshire Hunt

The brainchild of Douglas Wise, MFH Old Dominion, and Iona Pillion, Blue Ridge, the Junior North American Field Hunter Championship has grown steadily in its nine years of encouraging young enthusiasts. Qualifying meets were hosted in the northern region by Andrews Bridge Foxhounds, Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, Amwell Valley Hounds and Elkridge-Harford Hunt; in the southern region, Blue Ridge Hunt, New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds, Old Dominion Hounds, Middleburg Hunt and Farmington Hunt.

2011 Ann Eidson Horner Foxhunting Scholarship Awarded to Emily B. Cornelius

Emily B. Cornelius, recipient of the Horner Foxhunting Scholarship, with Karen Kressenberg as they prepare to go cubbing with the Hillsboro Hounds.

The Ann Eidson Horner Foxhunting Scholarship was recently given to Emily Cornelius who, as a result of this award, will be hunting this year with the Hillsboro Hounds in Tennessee. Emily is a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University and a member of Cedar Hills Pony Club and though new in the field, has shown enthusiasm and dedication to foxhunting.  Emily has raised and trained several American Quarter Horses and now studies Centered Riding when she is not hunting or at her college activities.

Diary of the USPC International Foxhunting Exchange: Tally Ho!

Note: Victoria Jacks of Aiken, South Carolina and Kiersti Wylie from 3000 miles away in San Diego, California traveled to Middleburg, Virginia and northern Maryland March 1-9, 2011 to represent United States Pony Club (USPC) on a nine-day Foxhunting Exchange with Ireland and England. In total, there were two of us from the U.S., four from UK, four from Ireland and chaperones for each team!

IFE at the Whitehouse

To qualify for the Exchange, riders had to be endorsed by the Master of their respective hunts and be a USPC member in good standing.

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