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Apply for MFHA District Conservation Awards

If you would like to nominate a hunt club or individual member(s) for a District Conservation Award, it's time to begin planning to submit your supporting information. Materials should be sent to your District Representative. The MFHA Foundation instituted these awards to recognize conservation efforts in the various MFHA districts, and to inspire future land conservation efforts among members of the foxhunting family. The award is an engraved silver julep cup from the MFHA Foundation, as well as a one-year subscription to Covertside.

Order "Pageant's Miraculous Journey" and Support the MFHA Foundation

The children's book, "Pageant's Miraculous Journey," is still available, with all sale proceeds donated to the MFHA Foundation. Based on the true story of one Live Oak hound's 30-mile trek home after slipping out of his leash at a veterinary hospital, "Pageant's Miraculous Journey" is a fun tale featuring Pageant's imagined sojourn back to kennels. Along the way, author Catherine Ledyard and illustrator Beth Secor follow the hound as he interacts with many native Florida wild animals, some helpful and some less helpful. Visit the MFHA website to purchase your copy.

Huntsmen's Room Will Induct Atkins, Beeman, and Wood

The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America will induct the late James L. Atkins, former huntsman at Virginia's Old Dominion Hounds, Piedmont Fox Hounds, and Warrenton Hunt, along with Dr. Marvin Beeman, DVM, MFH, Arapahoe Hunt (CO), and C. Martin Wood, MFH, Live Oak Hounds (FL) into its Huntsmen's Room on Saturday, May 27th. This honor recognizes the "tremendous impact" these individuals have had on the sport of foxhunting. The 4pm ceremony, in front of Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, is free and open to the public. A reception for members will follow, featuring the exhibition "The Hunt Tables," 19th and 20th century hunt scene china. For more information from the Museum's website, please click here.

Scarteen Master and Artist, Daniel Crane, to Speak at Carriage Museum

Kicking off a busy weekend of activities over Memorial Day Weekend, the Virginia Foxhound Club will present Daniel Crane, Master of the Scarteen Hunt (UK) and a noted sporting artist, speaking about how hunting has influenced his work and about his experiences hunting in Great Britain, Ireland, and America. Crane is the Resident Artist to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and was featured in an article in Covertside last year. His talk is open to everyone and will take place Saturday, May 27th, at 10 a.m. in the Carriage Museum on the grounds of Morven Park. For more information from the Virginia Foxhound Club website, click here.

Hillsboro Godfrey '16 Repeats at Southern Hound Show

It could not have been a more perfect day for the 11th Southern Hound Show on April 8th at Live Oak Plantation, Monticello, Florida. With 52 degrees rising into the low 70s, the hounds and staff were showing at their best. English judge Mr. Charles Frampton, Master and huntsman of the Heythrop (UK) was joined by Lt. Col. Bob Ferrer, Master and huntsman of the Caroline Hunt in Virginia. Mrs. Michael Moran, MFH Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, was the Apprentice Judge.

There were three packs missing that showed last year. Green Creek (NC) had to cancel the day before the show. Mooreland’s (AL) huntsman suffered a broken heel saving his Jack Russell from two coyotes that were trying to kill it on his front porch, and Palm Beach Hounds (FL) did not attend. The usual high standard, however, was upheld by the Bear Creek (GA), Fox River Valley (IL), Hillsboro (TN), Live Oak (FL), Low Country (SC) and Midland Fox Hounds (GA).

As in years past, the Two Couples classes were deemed by the judges to be unusually strong. Fox River Valley won first and second in the Two Couple of Dogs, but were bested in the Two Couple Championship by Hillsboro’s Unentered Bitches, two of whom were first and second in the Unentered Bitch class.


Champion Two Couple Hillsboro Jacket, Wafer, Waggle, Walnut. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Leslie Shepherd.

The Grand Champion of Show, Hillsboro Godfrey ’16, was Unentered Champion here last year, bred and shown by Tony Leahy, Master and huntsman of Fox River Valley. He graciously gave Godfrey to Hillsboro at the conclusion of the 2016 Southern Hound Show.


Hillsboro Godfrey ’16, Grand Champion of Show, Champion Dog Hound, Winner of Entered Dog. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Leslie Shepherd

Reserve Grand Champion of the Show, Live Oak Eager ’13, is interesting in that she is four generations back to a two-time National Champion Treeing Walker Coonhound, Parrish’s Adios Eagle.


Live Oak Eager ’13, Reserve Grand Champion of Show, Champion Bitch Hound, Winner of Entered Bitch. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Leslie Shepherd.

The 2018 show will be held on April 7th . We hope to see you there!

Champions and Reserve Champions are listed below. For complete results, click here.

GRAND CHAMPION OF SHOW Hillsboro Godfrey ’16 Crossbred (CB) RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION OF SHOW Live Oak Eager ’13 CB


CHAMPION BITCH Live Oak Eager ’13 CB RESERVE CHAMPION BITCH Hillsboro Walnut English (E)




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