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"We left Georgia with 12 people and 20 horses on March 15 at 4 a.m. and drove 1,000 miles in 16 hours to Mission Valley Hunt Club in Kansas." The Naked Foxhunter is back, and she's on a road trip to remember: 14 hunts in 30 days across the United States for the MFHA's Hark Forward Western Tour. Follow along!

Ride (or bounce, squish, and eat!) along with Gretchen Pelham as she and friends tour through some of the Hark Forward initiative's western events! If an epic road trip doesn't fit in your schedule, check out our calendar to see whether you can make it to a trials or show closer to home:

Decline In Hunters Threatens How U.S. Pays For Conservation

The steady drop is expected to accelerate in coming years, threatening the much-lauded model through which the U.S. has paid for conservation.

"'Wildlife conservation has been at its strongest when hunters and non-hunters are allied together for wildlife,' says Adena Rissman, an associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin." Some concerning data, but also some ideas for reaching out to new hunters and educating the public about our role as conservators of wildlife and wild places.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Robert H. Crompton III, late Master at Andrews Bridge Foxhounds (PA), who passed away peacefully on March 8th. Through his many decades of mastership at Andrews Bridge, he was a devoted proponent and breeder of Penn-Marydels, influencing the bloodlines in many packs. The Bryn Mawr Hound Show gave its 2008 Julian Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award to him in recognition of his contributions to hounds and hunting. Bob was also an accomplished sailor and a devoted husband and father. We extend our sympathies to all his family and friends.

We are sorry to share the news that prominent all-around horseman and former Long Run Hounds (KY) Master, Ned Bonnie, passed away yesterday at age 88. In addition to serving as MFH for 25 years, Mr. Bonnie started and campaigned steeplechasers, hunters and jumpers, and raised cattle as well as horses. He was involved with many professional horsemen's and Thoroughbred associations and research programs, and the United States Equestrian Federation gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Equestrian Sports. Our condolences to all his family, and to those in the many sporting communities he enhanced through his leadership.

VA Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Learns about Foxhunting

VA Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Learns about Foxhunting Details Martha Drum The Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus meets every Thursday while in session to receive and discuss topics of interest. Delegate Buddy Fowler, who represents the House district that includes the Caroline Hunt countr.....

Connecting on a face-to-face level with political representatives is so important to ensure our sport is understood and valued.

Penn-Marydels Overcome Windy Conditions at Wicomico Performance Trial

Penn-Marydels Overcome Windy Conditions at Wicomico Performance Trial Details Barbara Smith The latest MFHA Hark Forward Hound Performance Trial, hosted by Wicomico Hunt in Chestertown, Maryland, started in a whirlwind. Literally, Winter Storm Riley brought wind gusts over 70 mph, which resulted in....

Scenting in 30 mph gusts following a day of 70 mph damaging winds? Sounds like a job for some Penn-Marydels 💪 Barbara Smith reports on Wicomico's Hark Forward Performance Trial.

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