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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

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.

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.

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