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BULL RUN HUNT/ BLUE RIDGE HUNT PERFORMANCE TRIALS

BULL RUN HUNT/ BLUE RIDGE HUNT PERFORMANCE TRIALS

Are you familiar with the performance trial? Have you ever been to a performance trial? If you answered either of these questions in the negative, you need to make to remedy that void in your fox hunting life. I guarantee you that you will be glad you did.

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2021 THEODORA A. RANDOLPH FIELD HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP

2021 THEODORA A. RANDOLPH FIELD HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP

Masters and participants of the 2021 Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship week gathered at the MFHA headquarters for a “Meet the Masters” reception on Oct. 4. Founded in 1984, the 37th Annual Field Hunter Championship Finals was held Saturday,…

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LIVE OAKS HOUNDS HOSTS ANNUAL USPC WEEKEND

LIVE OAKS HOUNDS HOSTS ANNUAL USPC WEEKEND

Live Oak Hounds held their annual U.S. Pony Club Weekend, hosted by Daphne and Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, Oct. 8-10. The USPC members stayed at the Merrily Plantation Shooting Lodge, hunted with the Live…

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BUILDING HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY

BUILDING HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY

When Steve Lyons, a Master at Santa Ynez Valley Hounds, saw a group of black men wearing cowboy hats at an event honoring Michael B. Jordan, he knew exactly who they were. He’d just watched Brett Fallentine’s 2018 documentary, “Fire on the Hill,” the night before at…

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FIRST-CLASS THRILLS FROM A FIRST-CLASS HUNT PONY

FIRST-CLASS THRILLS FROM A FIRST-CLASS HUNT PONY

From his humble beginnings as a byproduct of nurse-mare farms, Kismet, the pony with a bottomless tank, has shown a junior the thrill of her life in the hunt field. For her eighth birthday, all Mia Valdez wanted was to jump something. She had just ridden for the…

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MAKING CONNECTIONS FOR THE GREATER GOOD

MAKING CONNECTIONS FOR THE GREATER GOOD

For most hunts, late summer announces the highly anticipated arrival of cubbing season (or “cub hunting”), a time when fledgling hounds officially begin their careers. They’ve moved beyond basic hound walks and are now allowed to start hunting. This can be an…

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PASSING ON A PIECE OF MIDDLEBURG

PASSING ON A PIECE OF MIDDLEBURG

“With the imminent approach of my 90th birthday, I have decided it is time for me to retire from the Middleburg Tack Exchange,” Jo Motion wrote on the homepage of the store’s website. She opened the charming consignment tack shop in Middleburg, Virginia, 30 years ago.

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FROM GOLF GREENS TO PASTORAL LANDSCAPES

FROM GOLF GREENS TO PASTORAL LANDSCAPES

The Montreal Hunt recently opened its 194th season with a meet at its kennels. As North America’s oldest operating fox hunt, the Montreal Hunt is no stranger to the challenges posed by urban expansion and suburban development. For almost 200 years, the Hunt has had…

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THE PROMISE AND PRIDE OF AUTUMN HUNTING

THE PROMISE AND PRIDE OF AUTUMN HUNTING

For most hunts, late summer announces the highly anticipated arrival of cubbing season (or “cub hunting”), a time when fledgling hounds officially begin their careers. They’ve moved beyond basic hound walks and are now allowed to start hunting. This can be an…

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US PONY CLUB CONNECTS YOUTH WITH THEIR FOXHUNTING ROOTS

US PONY CLUB CONNECTS YOUTH WITH THEIR FOXHUNTING ROOTS

The U.S. Pony Club’s (USPC) slogan is “where it all begins,” and at the 2021 USPC Festival, you could feel the youthful excitement in the air. Held every three years at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, USPC Festival hosts thousands of Pony Club members…

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NO REST FOR HUNT STAFF DURING THE SUMMER

NO REST FOR HUNT STAFF DURING THE SUMMER

After the final hunt of the season, there is not much time to take a breath. For hunt staff, summer vacation is not in the cards. At hunts like Hillsboro Hounds and Midland Fox Hounds, summer is the time for getting hounds and horses fit in preparation for the next season.

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ADULT SUMMER CAMP: KEEPING A GOOD THING GROWING

ADULT SUMMER CAMP: KEEPING A GOOD THING GROWING

If you ask Virginia “Ginny” Perrin what she thinks of summer camps, she’ll tell you they aren’t just for kids. For her, as MFH at Deep Run Hunt, sometimes camp is more fun when it’s adults only. For the past 15 years, adult riders (and a few curious non-riders) have…

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