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Start with Juniors to Encourage Stewardship of Hounds

In an article in early 2017, Covertside Online shared how the foxhunting community benefited junior Evan Dombrowsky as he overcame medical challenges. Last April, we profiled the success of the Foxhound Retirement Program. These stories intertwine as Evan, even at a young age, has already observed the full cycle of hound life and the importance of good stewardship. His mother, Beth Dombrowsky, reflects on the lessons learned in kennels and at home.

Aiken's Junior Camp Wins over Future Foxhunters

The Aiken Hounds Foundation sponsored a Foxhunting Camp for Juniors this past Saturday and by all impressions and feedback, it was a great success. We had 13 eager future foxhunters enroll and spend the day learning about the sport. Our Joint Master Larry Byers was a huge success with the kids and kept them enthralled all day, even playing the elusive fox for a mock hunt.

Woodbrook Hunt's Gigi Olsen, 17, Earns Bronze at Pony Jumper Championships

The United States Equestrian Federation's Pony Jumper Championships in Lexington, KY, are a long way from galloping behind hounds on the west coast, but Woodbrook Hunt Club (WA) junior member, Gigi Olsen, traveled a few thousand miles to compete with the Zone 9 team. Led by Chef d'Equipe Gretchen Anderson, the young riders won a bronze medal in the competition at the Kentucky Horse Park. Gigi is a third generation foxhunter, and all three generations of the Sferra/Olsen/Miller are still actively riding and hunting.

Monmouth County Hounds Visit Pony Club Camp

The Monmouth County Hunt (NJ) hounds and staff were excited to participate in WOW Camp, New Jersey Region’s Pony Club Camp, which took place at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown the week of July 2nd. Due to the extreme temperature, the hound roading on horseback with campers was canceled, but the hounds and staff were happy to meet under a covered pavilion later that afternoon. Led by huntsman Meg Valnoski, MFH, the campers were introduced to several hounds and the basics of foxhunting.

Old Dominion Will Host Junior North American Field Hunter Championship

The Old Dominion Hounds (VA) will be hosting the 2018 Junior North American Field Hunter Championship this coming November. The Championship finals will be held on Saturday, November 10. We're hoping that by having the Championship on Saturday it will help families that travel. Old Dominion has also invited us to stay for hunting on Sunday. We are going to have a great weekend of fun, competition, and hunting. We are working with hunts right now to set Qualifying Hunt Meet dates - our working schedule to date follows below.

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.

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