The ninth annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA. The Award is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. $10,000 in awards will go to the top six Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting.
Congratulations to the 2015 Challenge winners:
- 1st Place: Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club in Virginia who hunted with Old Dominion Hounds.
- 2nd Place: Green Spring Hounds Pony Club in Maryland who hunted with Green Springs Valley Hounds, Elkridge Harford Hunt and Mt. Carmel Hounds.
- Tied for 3rd Place: Elkridge-Harford Pony Club in Maryland who hunted with Elkridge-Harford Hunt; and Moore County Pony Club in North Carolina who hunted with Moore County Hounds.
- 5th Place: Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club in New Jersey who hunted with Spring Valley Hounds.
- 6th Place: Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club in Pennsylvania who hunted with Rolling Rock Hunt, Sewickley Hunt and Chagrin Valley Hunt.
- 7th Place: Fox and Hound Pony Club in New Jersey who hunted with Monmouth County Hunt.
- 8th Place: Cedar Knob Pony Club in Tennessee who hunted with Longreen Foxhounds, Hillsboro Hounds, and Marlborough.
- 9th Place: Keeneland Pony Club in Kentucky who hunted with Woodford Hounds.
US Pony Clubs
USPC was founded in 1954 by a group of avid foxhunters. A knowledgeable rider on a happy pony (or horse) is the goal of Pony Club, and the hunt field is a great place to find many of these pairs. Pony Club offers several opportunities for members to explore Foxhunting as a group or individually through club or center activities, visit ponyclub.org for more information and to get involved.
About MFHA - The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America was formed in 1907 and is the governing body of organized fox, coyote, other acceptable legal quarry and drag hunting in the United States and Canada. The MFHA’s main activities are: the promotion of the sport; the publication of a Foxhound Stud Book; the recognition of organized Hunts which have met its standards; the recordation of countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments; and the registration of Hunts as a preliminary step toward recognition. mfha.org
About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program.