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Hound Show Cancellations

The organizers of the following hound shows have announced these cancellations: 

Southern Hound Show
Central States Hound Show
Southwest Hound Show
Carolinas Hound Show
New England Hound Show (possible reschedule to later in the summer—check with the New England organizers)
Virginia Hound Show

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

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.

Two to Tango

Nicole and Tango

“One, two, three,” Aunt Mary counted as she lifted me onto Tango.

“Thanks!” I replied. The early morning light danced off Tango’s dappled chestnut hindquarters. I watched as she vaulted herself onto her 18.2hh Belgian draft. I pressed my heels deeper into the stirrups and repositioned myself in the deep Stubben as Tango picked up a brisk walk to the herd of horses gathered for departure.

Tango and I were to be part of the second flight of horses in the Rappahannock Hunt Club fox hunt that day. My aunt was leading the third field on Caesar, and her friend, Janet, rode my aunt’s prize mare, Ghost, to lead the first field. Third field was a hacking group, second field was hacking and some jumping, while first field was everything. I longed to be part of first field to be right up with the hounds and galloping the countryside for hours, but my aunt held me back since it was my first time riding on a fox hunt.

Pony Club News

Pony Club Hunt With Woodbrook Hunt Club

Ears Flapping, Pigtails Bouncing, And Celtic Hoof Beats

The consistent rain, cold weather and gloom that has followed us well into spring looked like trouble for our annual pony club hunt.  Woodbrook Hunt Club, southwest of Tacoma, Washington, invited the clubs from our northwest region after we gave them a hand holding clinic at the NW Conference for United States Pony Club.  From the early morning rustle of horses moving about in the barn, the weather broke into sunshine and blue sky.  We all marveled at the beauty of the crisp morning and knew that we were being smiled upon.  It was March 19th and nine pony clubs with a head count of seventy lined up to hear the Master, Jean Brooks, give our welcoming speech. With a cry of “release the hounds”, thirteen and one half couples leaped over mud puddles with their ears in flight to see who would have the hole shot to reach the MFH first.

Going Home" are, left to right, Michelle Belton, Aliina Keers, Moi, and Margaret Keers, USPC and members of Woodbrook Hunt Club.

The scent was laid through our hunter trials course and the five flights heard the hounds give tongue on the line, lifting music to the air. Our gallop across the prairie with the Celtic thunder of hooves shaking the ground made me proud to be passing the tradition of the hunt to our future members.  Through the old growth trees that cover our Kellogg Run, our pack continued over a moss carpet that reminded us of Alice In Wonderland.

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