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London Hunt Hosts the 64th Canadian Foxhound Show

The Masters and members of the London Hunt Club (ON) hosted this year’s foxhound show. All of the activities over Friday and Saturday were held at the beautiful London Hunt and Country Club, which was not only convenient but had all the facilities we needed on one site! Seven hunts, including London, Toronto and North York, Eglinton and Caledon, Ottawa Valley Hunt, Montreal Hunt, Hamilton Hunt, and Wellington Waterloo Hunt, participated with approximately 83 hounds (including the terrier classes) showing on the day. The judges arranged for this year were MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH and huntsman of the Fox River Valley Hunt and Massbach Hounds, along with MFHA Executive Director and Keeper of the Studbook David Twiggs.

Biennial Seminar Highlights History and Hounds

The foxhunting community brings together people with different interests and experiences, and the 2018 Biennial Seminar offered something for all of us. Set in the historic neighborhood of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and featuring public and private events at nearby Mount Vernon, the weekend's presentations, social events, and live conformation clinic educated and entertained attendees from across the continent. The events reaffirmed our sport's connection to the founding of the United States, and also looked ahead to meet the challenges of land and leadership into the future. 

Ian Milne Award Will Be Presented at National Hornblowing Contest

On the eve of the Virginia Foxhound Show, the Masters of Foxhounds Association will announce the recipient of this year's Ian Milne Award. Honoring Milne, an individual who excelled not only in the field but as a generous mentor to others, the trophy and cash gift are presented to a professional huntsman who has earned the respect of his or her peers. Past recipients include Larry Pitts, Tommy Lee Jones, and Johnny Gray. The presentation will take place Saturday evening, May 26, in conjunction with the national hornblowing championship on the lawn at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA. 

"Athleticism and Personalities:" Artists Capture 25 Packs for Museum of Hounds & Hunting Exhibit

The Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America will host an exhibition and sale of works by select members of the American Academy of Equine Art, opening in conjunction with the Virginia Foxhound Show. "The Year of the Hound" includes oils, watercolors, sketches, and sculptures capturing all of Virginia's 25 packs during last season, by artists Christine M. Cancelli, Kathleen S. Friedenberg, Morgen Kilborn, Booth Malone, Joanne Mehl, Sally Moren, Rev. Michael R. Tang, Linda L. Volrath, and Larry Wheeler. Located inside the historic mansion at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA, the Museum offers members an opportunity to meet the artists at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, followed by the exhibition opening and reception from 5-7 p.m.

George Washington's Mount Vernon Welcomes Biennial Seminar

Our 2018 Biennial Seminar promises to be an unforgettable celebration of foxhunting’s past, present, and future. Open to all, the weekend will feature invaluable wisdom from our sport’s leaders, set against the spectacular backdrop of Mount Vernon, Washington’s family home and now a 500-acre National Historic Landmark. Participants will have unprecedented access to the renovated mansion, with its sweeping views of the Potomac River, along with expert insight from two noted Washington scholars. Surely meeting with the first president’s approval, foxhounds representing English, American, Crossbred, and Penn-Marydel breeds will gather on the estate’s lawn for evaluation. With additional sessions on retraining ex-racehorses, opening new country, and Masters’ responsibilities, the June 22-24 Seminar will be a fantastic learning opportunity for everyone who follows hounds.

Glenmore Hunt Joins Christmas Parade

Glenmore Hunt Club (VA) has been absent from the local parade scene in the Shenandoah Valley for some years. We made a joyful and just-before-the-deadline choice to make our comeback at the Christmas Parade in lovely Bridgewater, VA. It is a smaller parade, just starting out a few years ago. In the spirit of "it takes a club" the word went out for horses and riders, staff, hounds, hound walkers, bannermen, a driver for the rig (to keep the hounds from having to hike so far) and merry muckers. Ponies were washed, tack was cleaned, warm wear was pulled from storage and then....it started to snow!

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