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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!

MFHA News for November

2014 MFHA National Horn Blowing Championship
The date and location for the orn Blowing Championship have changed! Beginning in 2014 the championship will be held in Leesburg, VA at Morven Park during the Virginia Hound Show.

Looking to get your kids involved in Foxhunting?

"My First Foxhunt" coloring book and Kids Introduction to Foxhunting guide sponsored by the MFHA Foundation are coming this Fall.

National Sporting Library and Museum Appoints New Executive Director

sportinglibrarylogoThe Board of Directors of the National Sporting Library and Museum has appointed Melanie Leigh Mathewes as its new executive director.

Mathewes served as the executive director of the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk, Va., for the last eight years. During her tenure, she oversaw the first strategic plan for the Hermitage, which resulted in numerous improvements in the physical plant and a dramatic increase in membership and visitation.

Prior to coming to the Hermitage, Mathewes was the events and exhibition specialist at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. In addition to leading the Hermitage, Mathewes joined the Virginia Association of Museums as council director for the Tidewater and Eastern Shore region in 2011. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Tidewater Community College, teaching courses in art history since 2010.

Survey Shows Thoroughbreds Find Second Careers as Foxhunters

Goshen at PimlicoKaty Carter photoContact: Masters of Foxhounds Association
Dennis Foster (540) 955-5680
Emily Esterson (505) 553-2671

Results of Masters of Foxhounds Association survey show that hunt staff horses are overwhelmingly thoroughbreds.

Millwood, Va.—The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) has released the results of its Rescue and Unwanted Horse survey of foxhunters in North America. The survey shows that two thirds of MFHA members ride formerly unwanted horses while foxhunting, and 77% of those are thoroughbreds.

The survey, conducted online and through Covertside Magazine with members of the MFHA, the governing body of mounted foxhunting in North America, showed that thoroughbreds are by far the most popular breed of rescue foxhunter. About 77% of respondents answered that they own and hunt rescue or unwanted horses hunt thoroughbreds. And 58.7% of those respondents currently own and hunt a former racehorse with a Jockey Club tattoo. The next most popular breed is the draft cross (18.6%), followed by the quarter horse (10.6%).

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