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Plan Ahead for Historic Dinner, Annual Meeting & Ball in NYC

It's not too soon to begin planning to join us in NYC in January for the Masters' Dinner, MFHA Annual Meeting, and the popular Masters' Ball! The 2017 edition promises to be a very special occasion: Our President, Jack van Nagell, is handing over the reins after his three-year term to Tony Leahy, and Dennis Foster is stepping down after 24 years as Executive Director. Put this historic event on your calendar now for January 26-27, 2017. The Union Club will again host the Masters' Dinner and membership meeting, while the elegant Pierre Hotel once more serves as the venue for the New Masters' Lunch and Seminar and the ball. Rooms may be reserved at a special rate by contacting the Pierre directly. For tickets and more information, please click here.

Tally Ho! A New Season Begins

Summer's hard work — many hours of walking hounds, legging up horses, clearing trails and sprucing up panels — has finally come to fruition as the season gets underway. Huntsmen are putting new hounds in with the pack and watching them learn the ropes, Masters are confirming plans with landowners, and members are eager to get their horses out in the field. Consider bringing a non-hunting friend or a child out with you this fall to introduce them to our sport.

Encourage Juniors this Season

We’re featuring accomplishments by younger foxhunters in this eCovertside, and Masters are reminded to nominate children for our Fairly Hunted Award. Anyone under age 18 who participates in at least five hunt meets during the season qualifies. The award was created to recognize young riders in the field, who may not belong to Pony Club or other organizations that are formally associated with hunt clubs. Recipients earn a certificate and pin from the MFHA, as well as a one-year subscription to Covertside. There is no limit on the number of seasons an individual may qualify for the award (until age 18).

Apply for Hunting Habitat Conservation Award

The purpose of the Hunting Habitat Conservation Award is to recognize those foxhunting clubs, individuals and organizations that have made significant and enduring contributions towards the preservation of rural countryside and its flora and fauna. Applications for this year are due in the MFHA office September 30, 2016. Previous applicants who did not win are encouraged to reapply. The prize includes a trophy, recognition at our Annual Meeting, and a $5,000 cash award. For guidelines and entry form, please click here.

Pre-Order Your 2017 Foxhunting Calendar Now!

It's midsummer now, but autumn hunting and the fall season aren't too far away! The 2017 MFHA Foxhunting calendar is available for pre-sale. The cost is $20 each, and for a limited time there's no shipping and handling charge. This special rate ends August 15th. These beautiful calendars look great in the tackroom and also make terrific gifts. To order, visit our website, call 505-553-1576 or mail your check (payable to Covertside) to P.O. Box 9144, Albuquerque, NM 87119.

Online Performance Trial Manager Simplifies Scoring Results

Attention Performance Trials organizers — consider signing up to use our Performance Trial Manager (PTM) program, available through the MFHA website. Once you have created an account, you'll be able to login and create a customized page to share details, entry forms, and results from your event. The PTM program also includes easy-to-use menus linking back to Performance Trials rules, the Hound Database, past events, the MFHA home page, and other relevant links. Visitors to your event's page will be able to quickly get all the information they need, plus access to MFHA information in one place and will be able to quickly view each day's and cumulative results. To see a sample using the PTM, check out the Scoring results from the 2016 Carolinas Foxhound Performance Trials

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