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Share Our Introduction to Foxhunting Guidebook

It's high summer now, but autumn hunting is just around the corner and many of us have friends who are considering riding to hounds for the first time this fall. Now is a great time to share the MFHA Foundation's Introduction to Foxhunting Guidebook, written by our Executive Director, Lt. Col. Dennis Foster. The Guidebook, which is online in an easy-to-read format and may also be purchased in MFHA's online store, is a straightforward, illustrated guide covering the basics of our sport without overwhelming a newcomer. In fewer than 50 pages, it covers history, quarry, Foxhunting 101 and 102, basic rules in the field, and insight into the role of the MFHA. Appendices include correct attire and a glossary of hunting terms. Take advantage of this member resource, provided by the MFHA Foundation, and share with potential foxhunters at summer trail rides, clinics, and hunter paces!

New Headquarters Recovering from Hail Storm Damage

A freak summer hail storm on June 16 pounded many localities in northern Virginia, including the town of Middleburg. The new MFHA headquarters building did not escape without some damage from the event, which produced pounding ice described as "softball-sized" and "unprecedented," along with high winds and flooding rains.

Hound Show Season Wraps Up

The 2016 Hound Show season has drawn to a close, with the Canadian Hound Show rounding out the competitions last month. The MFHA-sanctioned shows reflected the variety of sport across our continent, gathering breeding enthusiasts to venues in Florida, Maryland, Texas, Pennsylvania, Vermont, South Carolina, Ontario, Kansas, and Virginia.

Summer 2016 Issue of Covertside is Out

The Summer 2016 issue of Covertside magazine is now available! This issue's features include sporting art; transitioning ranch horses to the hunt field; Piedmont Fox Hounds' new kennels; the popular Ask the Kennelman and Fare & Flask sections, and more. Covertside is mailed to all Subscribing Members of the MFHA (you do not need to be a Master or staff to join — learn more here). An online version of the latest issue is available here.

Hound Show Season Continues!

Hound show season continues as we move into summertime! See our current (to be uploaded 6/15) featured reports from the Virginia Foxhound Show, including coverage of the 2016 Ian Milne Award and the National Horn Blowing Contest. The Canadian Hound Show, judged by Mr. Richard Tyacke, MFH and huntsman, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Hunt (UK) and Dr. Jon Moody, MFH, Mooreland Hunt (AL) takes place this Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Results are in from the Carolinas, Central States, Southwest, Maryland, Virginia, and Penn-Marydel Hound Shows; Bryn Mawr has concluded and will post results shortly. To see all available results on our website, please click here. Previous coverage links: Southern Hound Show and New England Hound Show.


Renovations Coming Soon at New MFHA Headquarters

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us about our new headquarters in Middleburg, VA — we are grateful for all the encouragement and feedback. There is a lot of hard work ahead before we can move in, as the property requires major renovations — we'll share plans and progress as changes get underway.

We are asking for your support to help raise funds; whether you give $50 or $5,000, you can be a part of our new headquarters, foxhunting visitors' center, educational facility and office space. Give today!

The MFHA Foundation has purchased an historic brick building with beautiful gardens on the main street in Middleburg, Virginia. This attractive and accessible property will become the new national headquarters of the MFHA, the MFHA Foundation, and the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation. Its location is more convenient, provides us with a public presence, and the additional space will let us share our resources with the membership.

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