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!

Green Creek Hosts Carolina Foothills Field Hunter Trial

September 23, 2017 marked the return of the field hunter trial to the Carolina Foothills. Another celebration of the horse in sport, the event is one of the MFHA’s Hark Forward series that showcases the sport of foxhunting, the field hunter as the original sporthorse, the preservation of open space, and the joy of riding cross country following hounds. Blessed with beautiful dry weather and sunshine, the event was hosted at the new facility for the Green Creek Hounds, a state-of-the-art kennel with beautiful pasture and surrounding fields.

TNYH Blue Ridge Wentworth Tops Canadian Hound Show

The 63rd running of the Canadian Hound Show was hosted June 17, 2017 by the Toronto and North York Hunt at their kennels located in the rolling hills of Mulmur, Ontario. Six Canadian hunts participated including Montreal Hunt (QC), Ottawa Valley Hunt (ON), Beaver Meadows Foxhounds (ON), Toronto and North York Hunt (ON), Hamilton Hunt (ON) and Wellington Waterloo Hunt (ON).

logo mfha smtiny

Subscribing Membership to the MFHA is open to anyone who cares about the future of country lifestyles and wants their voice and vote to make a difference. You will also receive Covertside magazine 4x a year!

MFHA Sponsors