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Kiely Triumphs Again at National Horn Blowing Championship

Representing Potomac Hunt (MD), Huntsman Brian Kiely extended his streak to five years running as National Champion Horn Blower on May 28 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. Six other entries challenged him before a blind jury of past MFHA presidents (seated at a distance, with their backs to the blowers), Daphne Wood and Marvin Beeman, and current First Vice-President Tony Leahy, in addition to a large and encouraging crowd.

Green Mountain Hosts NE Hound Show, Receives District Conservation Award

Spring comes slowly to Vermont, but it's already been a busy season for Green Mountain Hounds. They hosted the New England Hound Show, judged by MFHA Executive Director Dennis Foster, earlier this month. And GMH Master emerita, Elaine Ittleman, with her husband, Frank, received the MFHA District Conservation Award for the New England District for her work with the acquisition, improvement, and preservation of the Lemon Fair and Quiet Valley properties in Shoreham, Vermont for foxhunting and open land protection.

Midland Striker '15 Grand Champion at Southern Hound Show

Hound show season is underway and on April 9, Midland Striker '15 was named Grand Champion of Show at the Southern Hound Show. The organizers were delighted to welcome Mr. Alastair Jackson, ex-MFH, the Cattistock Hunt (UK), and Dr. John McDonald, MFH, London Hunt (ON) as judges. As always, the Masters at Live Oak and the Show Committee provided a beautiful and well-organized setting for the competition.

Limestone Creek Partners With Cornell in Hound Nutrition Study

In late February, Limestone Creek Hunt (NY) began a new venture for its old hounds: under the watchful eye of Dr. Joseph J. Wakshlag, Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation, thirteen recently retired hounds were started on a feeding trial for a new dog food that has lately been introduced to the market. Weekly weigh-ins, a few physical exams and blood work are the necessities to making this a successful endeavor for the hounds and the feed manufacturer both.

Good Deeds: Hunt Clubs Help Rescued Horses

Last October, when more than eighty horses were surrendered and seized from a neglect situation in Orange County, Virginia, the local equestrian community rallied dramatically to their aid. Area hunt clubs also organized to provide assistance in many forms - financial, donations of needed supplies, and skilled labor. Horses, and some cats and dogs, were transferred to various shelters and rescue organizations, which sent out requests for help.

Rare Munnings Study Offered for Sale

Munnings, Study for Son-in-law (detail)

Known as the 20th century's finest painter of horses, Sir Alfred Munnings created this oil on panel study for his large finished portrait of the famous racehorse, Son-in-Law, in 1927. The William Second Gallery is pleased to offer this piece, in the artist's characteristic loose, fluid style, for sale. It is an intriguing preliminary work, extensively inscribed and dated by the artist.

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