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We sincerely appreciate the efforts and hard work of those in our community who work so diligently to hold events held under the auspices of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) such as Hound Shows, Performance Trials, Field Hunter Trials, and other community events. Every person in our community is a volunteer who works tirelessly to encourage comradery, community good will and most of all work hard to promote hounds and hunting. We salute them all and appreciate their devotion.

As we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We feel that during this time of national crisis, it is prudent to cancel the Virginia Hound Show, the National Horn Blowing Championship, the Ian Milne Award presentation, the Professional Development Program graduation and other peripheral events.

For the 2019/2020 Professional Development Program(PDP) graduating class, we will have a graduation ceremony at a later date at the MFHA Headquarters. The 2020/2021 incoming PDP class will begin coursework as scheduled and kennel visits to begin at a later time.

Also affected by this decision is the Induction Ceremony into The Huntsmen’s Room at The Museum of Hounds & Hunting. The MFHA would be pleased to offer the Headquarters building as a venue for the Museum of Hounds & Hunting to hold this special ceremony once the health crisis ends. The MFHA would be honored to partake in celebrating the careers of these exceptional huntsmen.

Again, we thank everyone for their support during these trying and uncertain times. As we all continue doing our part to mitigate the spread of the virus, please remember that the sacrifices we make today will help to ensure the health and safety of our community.


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