Willow Hoins, 15, Excels at Golden's Bridge Hounds

Willow Hoins, 15, a student at North Salem High School outside New York City, caught our attention handling numerous Golden's Bridge (NY) hounds to top placings at last spring's shows. She shares some of her experiences in kennels, in the field, and in the ring with Covertside Online. - Ed.  Foxhunting has been a part of my life since forever. We live just a mile or so from the kennels so we would always hear hounds. I remember stopping at fixtures on the way to nursery school and watching the hounds go off on Tuesdays. On most Saturday mornings my sister Rowan and I were in the road whip jeep with Richard Knowlton, who ultimately taught us how to whip-crack.

Monmouth County Junior Wins State Foxhunting Presentation

Monmouth County Hunt (NJ) junior Olive Scaff, 13, represented Pineland Riders Pony Club at the recent state championship, where she took first place for her presentation on foxhunting. A young leader, Olive is also a member of her local Stars and Strides, Teen Council and livestock 4-H clubs. Last month, she showed Monmouth County's unentered hound, Regal, to the blue ribbon in the junior handlers' 13 and older class at the New Jersey Inter-Hunt Puppy Show. She shared some of her experiences with us.

"Run Away with at Walk:" Timeless Trials of Ponies in the Field

Many of us remember the mixture of excitement and anxiety that accompanied our debuts in the hunt field. For riding instructors bringing out novice children and new ponies, however, those emotions are surely multiplied. In this recently-discovered letter from April 15, 1960, Honora Haynes described to her friend, Betty Morrison, the ups and downs of an ambitious day out with seven young charges at the now-defunct Millwood Hunt, in territory presently part of Old North Bridge Hounds' (MA) country.

Photo Gallery: Junior Handlers at Virginia Foxhound Show

At midday at the Virginia Foxhound Show, all eyes turned to the armada of junior handlers making their way from the kennels to the rings to compete! From first-timers to experienced young whippers-in, the future leaders of our sport demonstrated their showmanship skill - with plenty of affection for their patient charges, as well. These images capture the teamwork and bonding that make the children's classes so much fun to watch.

Blue Mountain Pony Club Wins USPC Foxhunting Challenge

The Live Oak Hounds - United States Pony Clubs Foxhunting Challenge Award is presented to the six Pony Clubs which regularly take the greatest percentage of their members out hunting. Blue Mountain Pony Club was the top recipient for 2018. The award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood, III, joint Masters of Live Oak Hounds (FL) and past MFHA presidents. Its goal is to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward those who do hunt on a regular basis and act as mentors to their younger and less-experienced peers.

USPC Announce Hildegard Neill Ritchie Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest Winners

The United States Pony Clubs announce the three top finishers in the 2017 Hildegard Neill Ritchie Joys of Foxhunting Writing Contest. This competition is open to all D- or C-rated Pony Club members. The winner receives a $200 cash prize to spend on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or related activities, with smaller awards to second and third places. From the sounds of the hunt field, to a sleepy pony reluctant to leave his hay-filled stall, to the unseen bonds between hound and fox, these young writers capture the thrills and mysteries of the field. 

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