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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 July

Show Your Support
Never before has it been so important for foxhunters to look toward the horizon. If we do not take steps to help ensure our sport carries on for future generations; then other misguided forces will almost certainly try to ensure that it does not. Click here for a list of ways you can help
MFHA OTTB of the Year Award Nominations Due October 1, 2013 


Discounts Available to all MFHA Members

Viaguard/Accu-Metric is offering MFHA member hunts a discount on their microchip program. Click hediscount Point Two re for details. 
Point Two Air Vests is offering $100 discount to MFHA members through the end of August. Call Point Two at 888-729-4442or email info@pointtwousa.com and tell them you're an MFHA member. 
Save The Date for the Biennial Staff Seminar
The Biennial Staff Seminar will be held April 12-13, 2014 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in beautiful Lexington, Ky. Click here for details!  


Legislative News

HumaneWatch.org, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), ran a full page ad in Roll Call in Roll Call and Politico detailing the controversies and scandals that surround the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its CEO Wayne Pacelle.
Sportmen's & Animal Owner Voting Alliance (SAOVA) is another very good source to keep you up to date on animal rights legislation and has good information on the AR movement. Click here to read more.  
Covertside Magazine, Now Also Available Digitally:

The Summer edition of Covertside has been shipped!  If you did not receive yours, please let the MFHA office know.  For those of us who enjoy reading online, click here for your complementary digital edition!


Pre-Order Your 2014 MFHA Calendar Today! 

The 2014 MFHA Foxhunting Calendar is available! Fabulous foxhunting and foxhound photography makes this a calendar you will be proud to display or give as a gift to hunt members and landowners! Click here to pre-order at a discount!


MFHA Online Store Update

In an effort to continue to offer you the most secure online shopping for your foxhunting needs, the MFHA shopping cart has been updated. Click here to shop online 


Take our Horse Ownership Survey! 

MFHA and Covertside want to know how many foxhunting horses you own: click here to take the survey 

April MFHA News

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The MFHA is introducing "The Fairly Hunted" award. This award is being established to acknowledge children under age 18, who participate in foxhunts but may not be a member of the United States Pony Clubs. The award will be given each year to any young person who hunts five times and is so acknowledged by a Master. No examination is given and no requisite skills are required - just having had the experience of participating in hunts. Click here for details.

MFHA is gathering information on rescues and unwanted horses used in the hunt field. Please take our survey here.

Thanks to our sponsors for the First Annual Hon. Whipper-in Seminar on May 25, 2013: Tri-County Feeds, Tennessee Pewter Company, Tucker Tweed, Mark Lexton, Royal Saddle Soap, Weatherbeeta, Hay Where's That, Noble Equine 


Humane Education: Why it is not the right thing to do.




Click here to see the 2013 Hound Show Schedule.  


The MFHA Foundation has several books available for purchase. Two recent publications include Goodnight Masters by Jim Meads and Our Penn-Marydel Hound by Dr. Todd Addis, MFH. Click Here to Order!


Annual Hunt Questionnaires have been sent out and are due back by Jun 15th.

For an electrionic copy, please email the office.

Masters of Foxhounds Association to Offer Thoroughbred Incentive Awards in 2013

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The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) is proud to announce that 2013 is The Year of the Foxhunting Thoroughbred. MFHA is offering $750 in cash and prizes to a hunt member and a hunt club which use registered Thoroughbreds and which are excelling in second careers as either a field or a staff horse.

“There are a great number of excellent Thoroughbreds in hunts across America,” says Ed Kelly, president of the board of MFHA. “We’re pleased to honor these exceptional athletes, many of whom have found productive second careers through MFHA registered hunts.”

First-Ever Honorary Whipper-in Seminar: Input Requested

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The MFHA’s Professional Development Program is branching out. In May 2013, the PDP staff, including Tony Leahy, MFH (Fox River Valley) and Andrew Barclay, PDP instructor, will be organizing a one-day seminar on the Saturday before the Virginia Hound Show, to be held (tentatively) at Morven Park on Sat. May 25.

Photo Contest Deadline Approaching!

Photo Contest Rules: 
Please read carefully. Entries submitted that do not conform will be immediately eliminated. 
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The 2nd Annual Covertside Photo Contest launches TODAY! 
Here are your instructions: 


Enter by April 30th
Your photos MUST BE 300 dpi. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

Entries in JPEG or TIFF only. (Tiff preferred) NO EXCEPTIONS. Do not upload BMPs, pngs, or other random types of photos. 


Your photos MUST include caption information (who, what, where). In Flickr, place caption info in the caption screen. In the upload form, upload a text or WORD document with caption info. Please rename your photos with your last name and category Esterson/portrait.jpg. Please do not submit photos with camera-assigned names (img_01234.jpg).
Don't forget your name and email so we can contact you. 

A single entry allowed in each of four categories: 

>Action (galloping horses and hounds, jumping, etc..)

>Portrait (hounds, horses, people, combination thereof--more static than above category.)

>Landscape (hunts interacting with the natural world, with mountains, lakes, desert, etc.) 

>Best photo taken by a Pony Clubber. Taken by a junior, but not necessarily OF a junior. 

Two ways to enter (for JPGs only)


Alternative link

or (using your facebook, gmail or yahoo account): 

And now for the good part: Prizes!
Gift certificates to Dover Saddlery.
$200 Best in Show (best of all the photos)
$100 first prize (and possible inclusion in the MFHA Calendar)
$50 honorable mention (2 for each category).

Questions? Email the office: publisher@covertside.net

News from MFHA - September 2011

Save the dates:  April 21 & 22, 2012. The 2012 Biennial Staff Seminar, a fundraiser to help save foxhunting for future generations, is rapidly approaching, and as always it is shaping up to be a unique and exciting experience. Back by popular demand, the Seminar will return to the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, where it was held in 2002 and 2006. Only 15 minutes from Dulles Airport, this prime location is nestled right in the middle of beautiful hunt country and less than 30 minutes from historic Middleburg, Virginia. Kennel tours will be available – more than 8 packs of hounds are within an hour’s drive – but you must coordinate your own transportation. Take a tour of kennels on Saturday, attend a Hunt’s races or visit some of the great tack stores in the area. Come early and stay late, you’ll have a ball!

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