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Do You Have the Best Field Hunter in North America?

Come celebrate the fall in Virginia and find out how your field hunter measures up. More than a competition, the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships should be on every foxhunter's bucket list. Sixty horse and rider combinations from around the country gather for four action-packed days of glorious autumn hunting behind some of the best foxhound packs in Virginia, with social events interspersed in between. The week culminates with finals held at the Middleburg Fall Races.

Toronto and North York Farquhar '14 Triumphs at Canadian Hound Show

On June 18, 2016, the MFHA hound show season officially concluded at the Toronto and North York kennels in Creemore, Ontario, with the host club's English doghound Farquhar '14 earning Grand Champion honors. Judges included Mr. Richard Tyacke, MFH and huntsman of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Hunt (whose country spans Cheshire, Shropshire, and Wales, United Kingdom) and Dr. Jon Moody, MFH, Mooreland Hunt. Katherine Selby, huntsman at Green Mountain Hounds, enjoyed the opportunity to be an Apprentice Judge.

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.

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