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The International Virtual Hound Show: Bringing Communities Together

The International Virtual Hound Show (IVHS) is not an artificial intelligence revolution taking over our beloved bastion of nature. No, the hounds to be presented will be all flesh and blood, and they will be some of the world’s best at that.

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While the IVHS may be just as innovative as a “Virtual Hound” sounds, it’s the show that will be virtual this year, and it’s striving to keep us engaged during this unprecedented time in history. Its tagline, “Bringing Communities Together,” promises exactly what many of us need right now; an opportunity to find a little normalcy in our eternal appreciation of what we love most about hunting. The hounds.

All recognized and registered packs are invited to take part in this first IVHS and Online Silent Auction from July 17th through August 13. Here’s a summary and some links:

How’s it Work?

Clubs with a recognized or registered pack of hounds in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada will upload photos and videos, which will then be published for judging by a panel of expert judges, as well as by the viewing public. As long as you’re a hunt member, follower, or supporter, you can test your eye and vote for the best hounds from your perspective. Prizes are awarded for both judging categories.

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“Where” Is It?


The showground is virtual and there will be 30 different “rings” running specific classes for different types of hounds. You’ll find the Ring Guide, Hound Show Rules, the Online Silent Auction, and an introduction for Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada on the website.

What’s That About a Silent Auction?

All hunts competing in the Virtual Hound Show can also enter a single lot for the Online Silent Auction. Proceeds from these go a long way toward meeting annual fundraising goals for clubs. This year, you’ll have an international market at your fingertips where you have the opportunity to score some unique items from around the globe.

I’m In! Where Do I Register?


Your registration will be confirmed and then you can file your entries for the show and silent auction. Registration opens June 15 and closes June 30. It’s a £25 entry fee (about $32 USD).

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Casanova Hunt: The End of an Era

Casanva Hunt LogoSince its founding in 1909, Casanova Hunt has been an integral part of the foxhunting community. For half a century, Tommy Lee Jones hunted the hounds over the rolling green hills of the club’s northern Virginia home.

But sadly, like many other hunts, Casanova’s beautiful open spaces have been shrinking due to urban sprawl. The hunting territories have become limited in recent years, decreasing the areas the club can enjoy safely. The rise in local traffic has also increased the danger to hounds, staff, and hunt members. Coyote have become prevalent in the territory, pushing out the fox population. Hunting coyote requires more open space—a problem that the club was already facing. And, of course, trying to resume a sense of normalcy and financial stability during a global pandemic has been a challenge for everyone involved in horse sport.

Though they’ve explored many options, the club has come to the disappointing conclusion that it will no longer continue after this season.

In a recent statement to their members, Mrs. John Clark, MFH, and Mrs. William O’Keefe, MFH, wrote: “Casanova Hunt is forever indebted to our landowners who have given us the privilege to hunt over their land. We also thank our many friends and members in the Casanova community and beyond who have supported us through the years. We are immensely grateful and appreciative to all. We will always. Be proud of our years and the irreplaceable memories with Casanova Hunt. We wish everyone all the best as we say our final “Good Night.”

Online Fundraisers for Hunt Clubs

With social distancing forcing many hunt clubs to sideline their fundraising events for the year, such as point-to-points, hunter paces, or other events, many are focusing on other options to bring in money. One idea that clubs are trying is utilizing virtual auctions. Here are three hunts that are currently hosting online auctions – check them out and see what looks enticing!

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