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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

MFHA News for June

mfhalogo thumbMFHA Offers Hunt Staff Apprenticeship Opportunity
The MFHA is offering a unique opportunity to apprentice with one of the nation's top professional huntsmen in North America. Click here for more information.

Hunting Habitat Conservation Award
Entries are due back by Sept 29th. Winners receive a conservation trophy and $5,000 cash award! Click here for more information!


Leishmaniasis Vaccine Moving Forward
Dr. Petersen's research to create a Leishmaniasis vaccine is progressing. Click here to review and download the updated Guide to Leishmaniasis.  

MFHA News for May

mfhalogo thumbMFHA Offers Hunt Staff Apprenticeship Opportunity
The MFHA is offering a unique opportunity  to apprentice with one of the nation's top professional huntsmen in North America. Click here for more information.

Horn Blowing Championship to be Held at Va. Hound Show
Spread the word- The National Horn Blowing Championship will be held Saturday, May 24th at 7pm at Morven Park during the Virginia Foxhound Club cocktail party.

MFHA News for March

mfhalogo thumbRegister today for the 2014 Biennial Seminar scheduled for April 12th & 13th. It's less than a month away! The Seminar promises an exciting array of topics and speakers, silent auction with 18 different hunt experiences, foxhunting-specific trade show and so much more. You don't want to miss this event! Register today!

MFHA Announces Youth Scholarship for Staff Seminar

The MFHA will cover half the cost of travel and tuition for one youth under the age of 18, who meets the following criteria:
1) Has hunted at least 3 years.
2) Has hunted 3 times in each of those 3 years
3) Presents a letter from his/her hunt club's MFH explaining the child's dedication to foxhunting, service to the sport and why this young person would benefit from attending the staff seminar. Email the letter to MFHA Office.

Fairly Hunted Award - Masters, don't forget to nominate your 2014 juniors!

Support the SHARE ACT- The House Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) leadership is asking that we share the CITIZEN COSPONSOR website to get public support for the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. Simply click “COSPONSOR” on the H.R. 3590 page to support this important legislation through your Facebook page.

MFHA News for April

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Staff Seminar a Success

Thank you for coming out and supporting the MFHA at the Biennial Staff Seminar in Lexington, KY. We'd like to thank all our vendors and member hunts who donated items for our silent auction; it was a big success, raising over $11,000 for the Association and the Foundation!

A special congratulations to Larry Pitts, Potomac Hunt huntsman, on receiving the Ian Milne Award and also to Thaddeus Prince from Misty River Hounds on receiving the Youth Scholarship to attend the seminar.


Submit Your Calendar Photos Today!

It's time once again to submit candidates for the 2015 MFHA North American Foxhunting Calendar. We take photos from both professional and amateur photographers but they must meet the following guidelines:
1) High resolution: 300 dpi or larger, expandable to 9x13 with no dot gain or blurring.
2) Depict an MFHA recognized or registered hunt.
3) Be horizontal in aspect (do not send vertical photos).
4) Be named with your last name (ie: Smith_2014).
5) Include a Word document that has details about the photo-who's in it, what they are doing, and what hunt is depicted.
6) Can be any season, as long as it it clear that it is hunting related (hound shows, hound exercise, cubbing, etc.) are all acceptable.

Do not send:
1) Cell phone photos
2) Files named with a camera ID such as IMG_1234 or DCS5678
3) Photos of scenes that are not hunting related.

Please send your photos via a link on Dropbox. Do NOT send photos through email.
If you have questions, contact production@covertside.net or publisher@covertside.net.


Jockey Club Renews TIP funding for 2014 Hunt Horse of the Year

The Jockey Club has provided $200 in cash and awards for the Field Horse of the Year and Staff Horse of the Year for 2014.
1) Staff Horse of the Year: Nominated by a registered and recognized hunt's MFH, the Staff Horse of the Year exhibits the best qualities of the TB and the hunt horse: game, bold, fearless, fast and rideable. The staff hunt horse is truly a special animal that everyone in the club admires for his qualities. Must be a registered Thoroughbred, with proof of registration as provided at www.tjctip.com. Award:  $100 to the hunt club or owner and engraved or embroidered prize (cooler, halter, etc) (provided by T.I.P.). Winner announced at the MFHA Annual Meeting, January 2015.

2) Field Member Horse of the Year: Field Master nominated, this horse exhibits the best qualities of the TB and field horse. A fine jumper, polite in the field, well mannered at the trailer. Must be a registered Thoroughbred, with proof of registration as provided at www.tjctip.com. $100 to member + prize. Winner announced at MFHA Annual Meeting Jan. 2015.

The deadline for nominations is October 1. Application can be found here.

MFHA News for January 2014

mfhalogo thumbApply Now for Professional Development Program: The application deadline is January 31, 2014. Click here for more information.

2014 MFHA National Horn Blowing Championship: The date and location for the National Horn Blowing Championship has changed! Beginning in 2014 the championship will be held at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Va., during the Virginia Hound Show. Any huntsman is welcome to participate.

MFHA News for December

mfhalogo thumbProfessional Develpment Applications: The application deadline is January 31, 2014. Click here for more information.

Active Masters Survey Due December 31: Active Masters are asked to complete a survey to help effectively determine the needs of professional development support. The deadline is December 31, 2013.

Registration is Open for the January 2014 Annual Meeting and Masters Ball in New York: Our keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting will be Mr. Nick Pinizzotto, President and CEO of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance. Click here for details!

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