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Hound Show Cancellations

The organizers of the following hound shows have announced these cancellations: 

Southern Hound Show
Central States Hound Show
Southwest Hound Show
Carolinas Hound Show
New England Hound Show (possible reschedule to later in the summer—check with the New England organizers)
Virginia Hound Show

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

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!

News from MFHA - August 2011

Biennial Staff Seminar 2012 Comes to the Heart of Hunt Country

A fundraiser to save foxhunting for future generations

Back by popular demand, the 2012 Biennial Staff Seminar will return to the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia on April 21st & 22nd. Chantilly is located smack in the middle of beautiful, Virginia hunt country, less than 30 minutes from Middleburg and 10 minutes from Dulles Airport where there are more than eight packs of hounds within an hour’s drive.

News from MFHA - July 2011


Unwanted Horse Coalition

Unwanted Horse Coalition Offers Unbiased Information On a Difficult Problem

As a member of The American Horse Council, MFHA is aligned with several groups dedicated to horse welfare. Executive Director Dennis Foster sits on the committee for horse welfare with the Unwanted Horse Coalition. In its recent Media Roundup, the Unwanted Horse Coalition provides a wealth good, unbiased, factual information on the various alternatives in dealing with unwanted horses.

If you’re interested in learning more about this difficult issue, please visit the Unwanted Horse Coalition’s website.

July 12 , 2011 – Edition 22   Media Roundup

This Unwanted Horse Coalition news summary is provided as an educational service to those interested in the issue of the unwanted horse. The articles do not reflect the opinions of the Unwanted Horse Coalition or any of its employees. The listing of events does not constitute an endorsement of a particular event. If you see an article or event that may be appropriate for inclusion in Media Roundup, please e-mail it to ecaslin@horsecouncil.org">ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.

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