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David Twiggs Named Next MFHA Executive Director

After a thorough review of the search process and the candidates who applied, the Executive Committee of the MFHA Board of Directors voted to hire David Twiggs as our future Executive Director. David will officially begin on January 1. He will serve a three-month transition period with Dennis Foster, before assuming the sole responsibility of the position on April 1, 2017. His mission will include growing the sport and our subscribing membership, supporting existing hunts, and increasing our financial base and endowment. David, his wife Ashley and their two daughters, Salem and CeCe, are all avid equestrians and all foxhunt. David will attend the January MFHA Annual Meeting in New York and we hope you will make every effort to welcome him. Read the full Press Release here.

Plan Now to Attend the Masters' Ball in January

Following the MFHA Annual Meeting, New Masters' Seminar and Masters' Dinner, the Masters' Ball caps off our festive weekend in New York City. All Subscribing Members are invited to the scarlet-if-convenient gala at the Pierre Hotel, featuring cocktails, dinner and dancing to the live band into the early morning hours. Special room rates are available, but for a limited time only. To reserve your place now, click here.

Support Our Juniors Competing in Kentucky October 23rd

The Junior North American Field Hunter Championships, which will take place October 23, 2016 in Lexington, KY, are part of an important program to encourage and recognize children who are the future leaders of our sport. This fall, young riders have been hunting with packs across the country, with mounted judges selecting those competent to continue to the finals. A full weekend of social activities, hunting, and the final competition has been organized not only to reward the top riders, but to build a sense of community and camaraderie among young foxhunters from all different areas. See the accompanying article for one judge's impressions of the entries at a qualifying meet hosted by Camargo Hunt. For more information about the program, visit www.jnafhc.com.

Field Hunters Return to Thoroughbred Makeover in October

Support finding a second (or third!) career for ex-racehorses as foxhunters by attending the Retired Racehorse Project's $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, on October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Along with Show Hunters, Barrel Racing, Polo, Dressage, Freestyle, Competitive Trails, and Eventing, the field hunters will compete for the title of "America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred." Seminars and presentations by top trainers, along with demonstrations, shopping, and opportunities to network with other OTTB enthusiasts are offered throughout the four days, and many of the entered horses are for sale. For more information and tickets, visit www.retiredracehorseproject.org.

Deadline Approaching for Conservation Award Nominees

Time is running out to nominate individuals, clubs, or organizations for the Hunting Habitat Conservation Award. The deadline for receipt of materials at the MFHA office is September 30, 2016. Previous nominees who did not win are encouraged to reapply. The winning hunt club receives a $5,000 cash prize as well as the trophy and recognition! Consider whether someone in your club deserves to be nominated for making significant contributions to preserving rural land for foxhunting. Application requirements and other details are available online here.

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