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Hound Show Cancellations

All 2020 Hound Shows have been canceled.

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

Conservation Awards Highlight Annual Meeting in NYC

Two significant awards related to land conservation were given at our annual meeting in New York City last month - one presented by the MFHA, and one presented to us. The 2018 Hunting Habitat Conservation Award was given to Santa Ynez Valley Hounds (CA). Decades of strategic purchase and use of easements have allowed Santa Ynez Valley to protect several thousand contiguous acres outside Santa Barbara. Joint Masters Steve Lyons, Paul McEnroe, and Bonnie Hayden gave a presentation accompanied by spectacular images of hounds out in their country. They also explained how they communicate the value of this ongoing project to the community. For example, by inviting local children to experience a day in an historic, restored one-room schoolhouse on Lyons' ranch. The hunt received a trophy and $5,000 for earning this special recognition. Watch for a feature article about their success in the next issue of Covertside.

After giving the Hunting Habitat Conservation Award, the MFHA received the prestigious Anson W. Taylor, Jr. Award for Leadership in Land Conservation from the Equine Land Conservation Resource. The ELCR is a prominent national advocacy group for protection of open space for equestrian activities. ELCR President Ken Haddad, a foxhunter, presented the engraved silver plate and outlined how, through various initiatives, the MFHA has helped conserve over 1.5 million private acres and another 1.2 million public acres. “The Hunting Habitat Conservation Award epitomizes why ELCR is giving the Anson Taylor Award to the MFHA, a recognition that is long overdue,” he said.

Hark Forward Performance Trial at Hillsboro Raises Funds for New Headquarters

We want to thank all the organizers and participants at last weekend's successful Hark Forward Performance Trial at Hillsboro Hounds (TN). In addition to some great hunting and socializing, the weekend raised more than $60,000 towards renovation of our new headquarters in Middleburg, VA! Well done to all. Following the success of this fall's previous performance trials, joint meets, and hunter trials, our Hark Forward initiative continues to build friendships in support of a new home for the MFHA. If you haven't already, be sure to put an event near you on the calendar and enjoy meeting fellow sporting people. Again, thank you to the Hillsboro organizers and supporters. To see full results, click here.

Benjamin H. Hardaway, III, MFH Midland Fox Hounds, Passes Away

Benjamin H. Hardaway, III, MFH, influential hound breeder and past president of the MFHA, passed away on October 19. Ben served as the MFHA President from 1981-1984 and as a member of our Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation Board of Directors for seven years. As a Master of Foxhounds for 67 years, he had a profound influence internationally on foxhounds and hunting. As we are saddened by our loss, we equally celebrate a life well lived. Mr. Hardaway was a true icon of our sport. Read more in the upcoming print issue of Covertside, and read his full obituary here.

 

Take Advantage of Special Rates for Our NYC Events

Don't miss your chance to attend our annual Masters' Dinner, Annual Meeting, and Masters' Ball in New York City! Hotel reservations must be made with the Pierre Hotel by December 23 to get our discounted rate. The Masters' Dinner will take place on Thursday, January 25, at 8pm at the Union Club, which will also host Friday's membership meeting at 9am. Later Friday evening, the Masters' Ball gets underway at 8pm at the Pierre. For new Masters, the events begin with a luncheon at the Pierre on Thursday. Find all the details and register on our website

Plan to Support the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation

While it seems like the season is just getting underway, it will soon be time to begin planning for the holidays, and many hunts ask their members to consider supporting the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation. This fund provides financial assistance to professional hunt staff and their families facing urgent financial need. Grants are considered on an individual basis determined by need. For more information on how to support this important foundation, please click here.

Hark Forward Series Charges Ahead

Our season-long celebration of foxhunting in support of the new MFHA headquarters in Middleburg is off to a great start. Enjoy this month's eCovertside articles about the Hound Performance Trials and Field Hunter Trials from the past few weeks. Mark your calendars for the coming month's events: Hound Performance Trials at Bull Run and Rappahannock, Field Hunter Championships at Arapahoe and Keswick, and the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships at Belle Meade. To see all of the year's activities, visit our Hark Forward page.

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